Athletic Training Program

UCF School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy

What Is an Athletic Trainer?

Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians and other members of the healthcare team to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

Athletic trainers are employed in a wide variety of settings including secondary schools, colleges and universities, outpatient rehabilitation facilities, medical offices, hospitals, clinics, the performing arts, the military, and industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the outlook for athletic training employment is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations.

All states require athletic trainers to be certified and most states require athletic trainers to have a license. To become a certified and/or licensed athletic trainer, you must graduate from an accredited professional athletic training program ― such as UCF’s Master of Athletic Training program ― and pass a comprehensive exam.

If you are interested in being a respected member of a healthcare team and you enjoy working with active populations, a career in athletic training may be for you.

Why UCF?

The pass rate for UCF Athletic Training Program graduates sitting for the Board of Certification exam is above the national average.

According to U.S. News & World Report, UCF is one of the nation’s most innovative colleges ― and Kiplinger’s and Forbes rank UCF as a best-value university.

UCF offers a wide variety of clinical education experiences with organizations such as UCF Athletics, Kennedy Space Center RehabWorks, local and area high schools, professional sports teams, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, and more.

The UCF athletic training faculty is student-focused and brings a wide range of real-world experiences to the program.

The UCF Athletic Training Program’s alignment with the UCF Academic Health Sciences Center, which includes the College of Health Professions and Sciences, College of Medicine and College of Nursing, provides opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and research.

The UCF Athletic Training Program has an active and engaged alumni organization that supports the university and the program.

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Student Organizations

Student Athletic Training Organization (SATO)

SATO is a student-run organization open to all students interested in the athletic training profession. Students can join SATO even if they are not in the program. For more information about SATO, please contact Instructor Carlos Gual at, faculty advisor for the organization.

Iota Tau Alpha

Iota Tau Alpha is the national honor society for athletic training. The honor society promotes and encourages scholarly activity in athletic training with recognition for outstanding achievement. Students must be in the program for at least two semesters before they are eligible for membership. For more information about Iota Tau Alpha, please contact Program Director Kristen Schellhase at, faculty advisor for the UCF chapter.


Athletic Training Program Advisory Board

The UCF Athletic Training Program Advisory Board is composed of committed volunteers with diverse backgrounds. The goal of the board is to develop and promote best practices for student learning to ensure competent future athletic trainers dedicated to excellence in the profession.

Gabrielle Bell, LAT, ATC
UCF Recreation & Wellness Center

Marisa Brunett, M.S., LAT, ATC, CKTP
Nirvana Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Services

Tiffany Edwards, M.S., LAT, ATC
Freedom High School

Christina Farley, NBCT, ATC, LAT
Director of Sports Medicine Services
University High School

Paul Giannotti, M.Ed., ATC, LAT
Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine at Rollins College

Carlos J. Gual, M.S., LAT, ATC
Athletic Training Program Clinical Education Coordinator

Stephanie Lennon, M.S., LAT, ATC 
Oak Ridge High School/Adjunct Professor

L. Colby Mangum, PhD, LAT, ATC
Athletic Training Program Assistant Professor and Director of AT Research Lab

Douglas Meuser, M.D.
Athletic Training Program Medical Director at UCF Health Services

Jennifer Plant, Ed.D., LAT, ATC, CSCS
Athletic Training Program Instructor

Kristen Schellhase, Ed.D., LAT, ATC, CSCS
Athletic Training Program Director