B.S. in Athletic Training

The Athletic Training Program (ATP) will prepare students for entry-level positions in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs, industrial settings and other healthcare environments. In addition, the ATP prepares students for graduate study in athletic training and other allied health care fields (e.g. physical therapy and physician assistant studies). The curriculum is designed to prepare students for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.

The ATP is spread out over six semesters and is a combination of challenging didactic courses and hands-on clinical experiences. These clinical experiences will be gained at The Florida State University Athletic Department, local area high schools, and medical clinics. Students will gain experiences with a wide variety of patient populations.

For requirements on applying to the program, curriculum, and academic map, visit the Admission Information for Athletic Training.

Accreditation

The Athletic Training Program (ATP) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The American Academy of Family Physicians, The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and CAATE cooperate to establish, maintain, and promote appropriate standard of quality for education programs in athletic training and to provide recognition for educational programs that meet or exceed the minimum standards. The Athletic Training Program is accredited by CAATE until October, 2019. Students entering the undergraduate program as of Fall, 2016 will be required to complete a graduate professional athletic training program in order to become Board of Certification eligible.

Career Description

A certified athletic trainer is a qualified health care professional educated and experienced in the management of health care problems associated with physical activity. In cooperation with physicians and other health care providers, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics, and other health care settings. The athletic trainer collaborates with medical personnel, athletic personnel, individuals involved in physical activity, and parents/guardians in the development and coordination of efficient and responsive athletic health care delivery systems. (NATA)

Professional Preparation

The athletic trainer's professional preparation is directed toward the development of specified competencies in the following Content areas: Evidence – Based Practice, Prevention and Health Promotion, Clinical Examination and Diagnosis, Acute Care of Injury and Illness, Therapeutic Intervention, Psychosocial Strategies and Referral, Healthcare Administration, and Professional Development and Responsibility. Through a combination of formal classroom instruction and clinical experience, the athletic trainer is prepared to apply a wide variety of specific health care skills and knowledge within each of the Content Areas.

Limited Access

The Athletic Training Program is a limited access program, utilizing selective admission criteria to limit program enrollment. Criteria for selective admission include indicators of ability, performance, creativity, or talent to complete required work within the program. Admission to such programs is governed by the Articulation Agreement and by the State Board of Education rules.