Catalog 2021-2022

Athletic Training Major

The Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education has mandated that all Athletic Training programs must result in granting students a Master of Science in Athletic Training. Specifically, according to CAATE, “Baccalaureate programs may not admit, enroll, or matriculate students into the athletic training program after the start of the fall term 2022”.

In preparation for this, The University of Tampa will not accept students for admittance into the undergraduate Athletic Training program after Fall 2022. The University of Tampa is currently working on plans to transition to a Master of Science in Athletic Training.

Athletic training is a health care profession that deals with the prevention, evaluation, emergency care and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. The athletic training major is designed to offer the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for a student to become eligible to take the board of certification national examination. The program is structured to prepare students for professional athletic training positions and graduate studies in athletic training. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) through 2028-2029. Because of the nature of the clinical education portion of this program, it is selective and space is limited.

For additional information on how this program prepares students for professional licensure, please visit: AT disclosure.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is on a competitive basis through an application process. Students are initially admitted to the pre-athletic training phase of the program. During the pre-athletic training phase, students must satisfy the requirements listed below to be considered for admission to the professional phase of the program. 

Admission as a pre-athletic training major.  All potential applicants must first be admitted to The University of Tampa. Potential students should consult the University admissions requirements for new freshmen or transfer students. Admission as a pre-athletic training major does not guarantee admission to the professional phase of the program.

Admission to the professional program.  Decisions on admission to the professional phase of the program are made by the program faculty following review of each candidate’s application. Meeting the minimum criteria for application does not guarantee admission to the professional program. Minimum satisfaction of the admissions criteria for the professional phase consists of the following:

  • Completion of a minimum of 27 credit hours
  • Completion of HSC 230 with a minimum grade of B/C
  • Completion of HSC 234 with a minimum grade of C
  • Completion of ATT 175 with a minimum grade of B
  • Current certification in CPR with AED
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.9 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of a program-specific application

The application deadline for admission to the professional program beginning in the fall semester is typically June 1. This deadline may be extended at the discretion of the program faculty. Applications for admission to the professional program can be obtained from the program director. 

Transfer students may be eligible to apply to the professional program at the completion of each spring semester and may be admitted to the professional program in the fall semester. Transfer students desiring to enter in the fall semester must meet with the program director to determine their eligibility for admission. A maximum of 12 credit hours of professional program athletic training course work may be transferred from a prior institution.

Students admitted to the professional program must complete a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised clinical education experiences under the direct supervision of a clinical preceptor. These experiences occur at on- and off-campus sites. Students are responsible for transportation and other costs associated with their participation in off-campus clinical experiences.

Professional Standards for Applicants and Students

All applicants and students in the athletic training major must meet and continue to meet the approved professional standards of the program. No one who jeopardizes the health or well-being of a patient, co-worker or self will be accepted into the program or continue as a student in the program. To meet the intellectual, physical and social competencies needed for professional requirements, all applicants and students must possess the necessary physical attributes and exhibit qualities of good judgment, mental strength and emotional stability. Every applicant to the professional  program is required to submit a written acknowledgement indicating that he or she has read and understands the technical standards related to the professional duties of the discipline. The program faculty will be responsible for applying the standards for their students and prospective students. 

The health care professional’s self-presentation is a vital part of the complex relationship among the patient, the health care provider and the health care delivery site. The athletic training program reserves the right to limit attire and adornments (such as clothing, jewelry, piercing, tattooing) of the body and its parts (such as hands, face, oral cavity). The program policies document outlines the enforcement of this policy. In all cases, a final appeal may be made to the dean of the college.

Progress in the Program

  1. Maintain a minimum of a 2.75 overall GPA and a grade of B/C or better in all required professional phase athletic training courses (ESC 371; ATT 250, ATT 274, ATT 275, ATT 276, ATT 370, ATT 373, ATT 374, ATT 375, ATT 376, ATT 377, ATT 475, ATT 476, ATT 495) graded on an A-F basis
  2. A grade of “satisfactory” in all required athletic training courses graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis
  3. Compliance with the institutional academic policies and procedures described in the catalog
  4. Compliance with the program policies and procedures
  5. Prior to enrolling in any professional program clinical/laboratory course, submission of the following documentation:
  • Proof of liability insurance coverage
  • Verification of a physical examination, and proof of immunization
  • Proof of current first aid and CPR certification with AED certification or Emergency Medical Response (for students formally admitted to the clinical component of the program only)
  • Proof of attendance at an annual prevention of disease transmission education session (for students formally admitted to the clinical component of the program only)
  • Results of annual TB skin test or chest X-ray
  • Background checks and/or drug testing if required by the clinical site

Program Expenses

The instructional fee per credit hour is the same for students enrolled in the athletic training program as for other students enrolled at The University of Tampa.

In addition to tuition, housing, books, supplies and usual transportation costs, students in the athletic training program incur additional expenses in at least the following areas: laboratory fees; immunizations and health screening as required by the program or the clinical site; health insurance; liability insurance; membership in professional organizations; and transportation and other expenses associated with clinical education. Students accepted into the professional program will receive more specific information about costs. Those anticipating the need for financial assistance while enrolled in the program should contact the UT Financial Aid Office.

The athletic training program is a professional education program with time demands for participation in laboratory sessions and clinical education experiences. It is unlikely students will be able to maintain regular employment during enrollment in the program.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for a B.S. in Athletic Training:

HSC 100Personal and Family Health

3

HSC 203Nutrition

3

HSC 230Human Anatomy and Physiology I

3

HSC 231Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3

HSC 234Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory

1

HSC 235Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory

1

ESC 330Human Development and Motor Learning

3

ESC 340Applied Kinesiology

3

ESC 371Prevention and Care of Sports Injuries

3

ESC 380Exercise Testing and Prescription

3

ESC 460Physiology of Exercise

3

ATT 175Athletic Training Practicum I

2

ATT 250Emergency Care in Athletic Training

3

ATT 274Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis I

4

ATT 275Athletic Training Practicum II

3

ATT 276Athletic Training Practicum III

3

ATT 370Medical and Surgical Issues in Athletic Training

3

ATT 373Therapeutic Interventions I

4

ATT 374Therapeutic Interventions II

4

ATT 375Athletic Training Practicum IV

4

ATT 376Athletic Training Practicum V

4

ATT 377Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis II

4

ATT 475Supervised Clinical Education Athletic Training I

4

ATT 476Supervised Clinical Education Athletic Training II

2

ATT 495Health Care Administration and Quality Improvement in Athletic Training

4

BIO 198General Biology I

3

BIO 198LGeneral Biology I Laboratory

1

CHE 152General Chemistry I

3

CHE 153LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory

1

HSC 350Biostatistics

4

HSC 360Principles of Epidemiology in Exercise and Public Health

4

Total Credit Hours: 93