Students interested in applying for the master’s degree in Athletic Training (MAT) must have a bachelor’s degree by the end of the Spring 2019 term. Students entering the program in the 2019 Summer term will graduate with the MAT degree in the spring of 2021.
There will not be a specific bachelor’s degree required to enter the program. However, the Health Sciences Pre-Clinical BS (College of Health and Public Affairs) or Sport and Exercise Science BS (College of Education) at UCF would likely be of interest to students interested in Athletic Training.
The Athletic Training Program is designed to enable students to demonstrate, in the classroom and during clinical experiences, that they have achieved levels of comprehension, competency and proficiency expected of entry-level athletic trainers. UCF is committed to the idea that professional education requires sound academic preparation that is enriched by clinical experiences.
The program’s classroom component is divided into several components: foundational courses, athletic training theory and practice, and clinical experiences. The courses are designed to expose students to information through multiple didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences. These courses incorporate the content required to establish the foundational behaviors of professional practice and the content set forth by the 5th Edition of the Athletic Training Educational Competencies.
All students are required to complete the curriculum in the established sequence of courses.
Program faculty believe in providing students with enriching educational experiences that foster personal growth, communication skills, critical thinking skills and professional ethics. By combining excellence in teaching, the latest technologies available in education and outstanding clinical site affiliations, graduates of the program are fully prepared to take and pass the comprehensive Board of Certification (BOC) exam and start their careers as athletic trainers.
UCF’s Athletic Training Program was established in 1998 as a baccalaureate program in the Department of Health Professions. Accreditation was officially granted in 2002. The program continues to maintain full accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and will file a substantive change to move the accreditation to the graduate level in 2019.
The MAT degree program is a two year full-time professional master’s program requiring 65 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. The courses are taken in a prescribed sequence over 6 semesters, including 18 credit hours of clinical practice. Clinical practice occurs under the direct supervision of a certified and licensed athletic trainer. Total credit hours required: 65