Athletic Training Program

The Athletic Training Program is designed to prepare students for an entry-level allied healthcare career in the athletic training profession in a variety of job settings, including high school athletics, college/university athletics, professional sport teams, industrial, or medical clinics.


The University of West Florida Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and currently offers a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.  Recently, CAATE announced that accreditation will only be awarded to Masters prepared programs and only endorses Masters prepared students to be able to take the certification exam to become a Certified Athletic Trainer.

Thus, the UWF Athletic Training Program is preparing to transition from a BS in Athletic Training to a MS in Athletic Training and is no longer accepting freshman applicants to the university to pursue an undergraduate degree in Athletic Training.  However there is a plan in place for students currently enrolled in the Athletic Training undergraduate program who meet the academic criteria for the BS in Athletic Training degree to complete their degree before the university transitions to the MS in Athletic Training program. 

For more information on the MS in Athletic Training program, you can contact Dr. Debra Vinci - dvinci@uwf.edu

This program, specifically designed to meet national and state licensure requirements, includes a three-year comprehensive plan of study starting in the sophomore year that combines classroom and clinical education components. Students graduating from this program may be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination and athletic training state licensure/certification in Florida (as well as other states). BOC exam eligibility requirements are defined in the ATP Retention and Program Progression Guidelines. Contact the Program Director for this information. The Athletic Training major is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). This is a limited access program and acceptance to the University does not constitute admission to the upper division portion of the Athletic Training major. A separate admission application must be made to the AT Program during spring semester of the sophomore year for current UWF students and by August 1st of each year for transfers.

Program Requirements

Students may declare a preliminary major in Athletic Training, but may not enroll in the initial clinical course (ATR 3812 Athletic Training Clinical I) until the fall semester after being formally admitted to the professional degree phase of this program. Acceptance into the program is competitive. After admission, the student must earn a grade of “C” or better in all major and major-related courses to graduate. Additionally, students admitted into the athletic training major must adhere to the program retention policies as outlined in the Athletic Training Student Handbook. BOC certification exam eligibility requirements are defined in the program retention policies. For more information, contact the Director of Athletic Training.

Program Accreditation

In April, 2004, the undergraduate Athletic Training Program (ATP) received initial accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). This accreditation enables students that complete the program to be eligible to sit for the BOC certification examination. On July 1, 2006 the ATP transitioned to the newly implemented accrediting body known as CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education). On August 7, 2009, UWF’s ATP was granted reaccreditation for 10 years, the maximum period allowed by CAATE.

Board of Certification (BOC) Pass Rates

BOC pass rate results are based on the Class Cohorts and do not reflect annual graduation results.

Download the current BOC Pass Rates - Jan 2019 document (PDF).

Athletic Training Mission and Purpose

Review the Athletic Training Mission and Purpose information.

Student Manuals and Evaluation Forms:
Application Procedures and Program Admission Forms:
Professional Links of Interest
Career Opportunities:
  • Team Athletic Trainers
  • Rehabilitation Agencies
  • Physicians' Groups
  • Private Practices