Apr 15, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Athletic Training, M.S.

School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
USF Athletic Training Admissions Office – Professional Degree Program


The Master of Science in Athletic Training (M.S. in A.T.) major is built around 60 credit hours of required coursework to satisfy the eligibility requirements for the students to sit for the Board of Certification examination.

Major Research Areas:

Athletic Training, Rehabilitation, Biomechanics, Prevention of Sudden Death in Athletics

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements, as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • 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 major.
  • Interview (via Skype or on campus) with the Athletic Training faculty and staff
  • Must complete a secondary application with ATCAS: https://atcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login

Prerequisite Courses

  • Anatomy and Physiology (2 semesters with lab)
  • Medical Terminology
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Chemistry (lab preferred not required)
  • Physics (lab preferred not required)
  • Biology (lab preferred not required)
  • Statistics
  • Biomechanics/Kinesiology (Recommended not required)
  • Technical Writing (Recommended not required)

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 60 credit hours

  • Shared Core Requirements – 6 Credit Hours
  • Additional Required Courses – 54 Credit Hours

Shared Core Requirements (6 Credit Hours)


No thesis is required.

Comprehensive Exam: Capstone Exam Requirement

The major is a non-thesis option, but requires successful completion of a capstone exam for each student, that will be completed during the final semester of the program.  The exam consists of a comprehensive written exam, a simulated patient interaction, and design/implementation of a treatment plan.

Other Information:

Graduation Requirements - Students will complete all 60 hours of didactic coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Thirteen (13) of these hours will be in Clinical Experience/Clinical Practicum. Students will complete at least 1000 hours of clinical education under an approved Preceptor.


Course Sequence

The following is the scheduled course sequence.  Please note that on occasion the sequence may need to be adjusted due to faculty availability, etc.  Students will receive confirmation of the course sequence as part of the advising process.

Year 1


ATR 5105C Athletic Training Techniques  (3)

ATR 5125 Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice in Sports Medicine   (3)

ATR 5534 Documentation in Athletic Training  (1)


ATR 5217C Physical Examination I  (4)

ATR 5306C Therapeutic Interventions I  (4)

ATR 5346C Health and Wellness Promotion Across the Lifespan I  (3)

ATR 5347C Health and Wellness Promotion Across the Lifespan II  (1)

ATR 5815 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training I  (1)


ATR 5307C Therapeutic Interventions II  (4)

ATR 5218C Physical Examination II  (4)

ATR 6116C Preventing Sudden Death in Sports Settings  (3)

ATR 5435 Medical Conditions   (3)

ATR 5825 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training II  (1)

ATR 5348C Health and Wellness Promotion Across the Lifespan III  (1)

Total Hours Year 1: 36 credit hours


Year 2


ATR 5612 Evidence Based Medicine in Athletic Training   (3)

ATR 5835C Clinical Practicum in Athletic Training  (3)


ATR 6517 Professional Practice (3)

ATR 6616 Research in Athletic Training   (3)

ATR 6835 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training III  (4)


ATR 5308C Therapeutic Interventions III  (1)

ATR 6226 Advanced Athletic Training  (3)

ATR 6845 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training IV  (4)

Total hours Year 2: 24 Credit Hours