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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Athletic Training (ATR)

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Master of Science (M.S.)
CIP Code: 51.0913
College of Medicine (MD)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 60

Contact Information:
College of Medicine
Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Department ()
13220 USF LaUREL Drive MDC 106
Tamp FL  33612

Program Director or Coordinator:
Steve Zinder
Phone: 813-974-2833


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Program Information

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (M.S. in A.T.) program is built around 60 credit hours of required coursework to satisfy the eligibility requirements for the students to sit for the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification examination.

Major Research Areas:
Athletic Training, Rehabilitation, Biomechanics, Prevention of Sudden Death in Athletics

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: ---
Spring: ---
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: ---
Spring: ---
Summer: October 1

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below

Program Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Minimum of 3.00 GPA or equivalent in undergraduate coursework
  • Completion of GRE on record
  • Meet the technical standards for admission or show potential for accomplished tasks
  • Three (3) letters of Recommendation
  • Personal statement in 1000 words or less describe primary career goals, what has most directly influenced your choice to become an Athletic Trainer, your attributes related to the field of Athletic Training and why you should be selected in the Athletic training program.
  • Interview (on campus preferred) with the Athletic Training faculty and staff

Prerequisite Courses

  • Anatomy and Physiology (2 semesters)
  • Medical Terminology
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Statistics
  • Biomechanics/Kinesiology (Recommended)
  • Technical Writing (recommended)

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 60 credit hours

Core Requirements
     ATR 5102C Athletic Training Techniques (3)
     ATR 5125 Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice in Sports Medicine (3)
     ATR 5217C Physical Examination I (4)
     ATR 5218C Physical Examination II (4)
     ATR 5252C Health and Wellness Promotion Across the Lifespan III (1)
     ATR 5340C Therapeutic Interventions I (4)
     ATR 5341C Therapeutic Interventions II (4)
     ATR 5342C Therapeutic Interventions III (1)
     ATR 5350C Health and Wellness Promotion Across the Lifespan I (3)
     ATR 5351C Health and Wellness Promotion Across the Lifespan II (1)
     ATR 5432 Medical Conditions (3)
     ATR 5534 Documentation in Athletic Training (1)
     ATR 5610 Evidence Based Medicine in Athletic Training (2)
     ATR 5812 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training I (3)
     ATR 5822 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training II (3)
     ATR 6104 Preventing Sudden Death in Sport I (2)
     ATR 6105 Preventing Sudden Death in Sport II (2)
     ATR 6223 Advanced Athletic Training (3)
     ATR 6517 Professional Practice (4)
     ATR 6610 Research in Athletic Training (3)
     ATR 6832 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training III (3)
     ATR 6842 Clinical Experience IV (3)

*Students are required to complete between 200-300 clinical hours per semester at various assigned clinical sites around the Tampa area. In accordance to accreditation standards, these clinical experiences must be tied directly to academic credit.

**Many students will take advantage of the summer between the 1st and 2nd years to obtain clinical internships in both local and out of town entities.

No thesis is required.

Comprehensive Exam: Capstone requirement
The degree will be a non-thesis option, but will require a capstone project for each student, that will be completed in his or her last semester during the Research in Athletic Training course. The capstone project will be in lieu of a comprehensive examination. The project could consist of items such as a comprehensive literature review, development of an injury prevention program, systematic review, development of a policies and procedures manual, etc. The Athletic Training faculty will approve the contents of individual projects during the Research in Athletic Training course (ATR 6610).

Other Information:
Graduation Requirements - Students will complete all 60 hours of didactic coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Students will complete at least 1000 hours of clinical education under an approved Preceptor.

Year 1(40)
          AT Techniques(3)
          Anat Basis of Clin Prac(3)
          Documentation in AT (1)

          Physical Exam I(4)
          Therapeutic Inter I(4)
          Evidence Based Med(2)
          Health and Wellness I(3)
          Clinical Exp 1(3)

          Medical Conditions(3)
          Therapeutic Inter II(4)
          Health and Wellness II(1)
          Physical Exam II(4)
          Prev Sudden Death I(2)
          Clinical Exp II(3)

Year 2(20)
          Open time for clinical internships

          Health and Wellness III(1)
          Prev Sudden Death II(2)
          Professional Practice(4)
          Therapeutic Inter III(1)
          Clinical Exp III(3)

          Advanced AT(3)
          Research in AT(3)
          Clinical Exp IV(3)

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