Master’s Program (MAT)

UCF Athletic Training Program

Overview

UCF offers a rewarding two-year, full-time accredited graduate program in athletic training leading to the Master of Athletic Training (MAT)*. The program’s classroom component is divided into two sections: 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 Curricular Content Standards set forth by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Courses are taught in a prescribed sequence (as described in the UCF Graduate Catalog) over six semesters and include 18 credit hours of clinical education experiences under the direct supervision of a certified and licensed athletic trainer. By combining excellence in teaching, the latest technologies available in education, and outstanding clinical site affiliations, the program fully prepares graduates to take and pass the comprehensive Board of Certification (BOC) exam and start their careers as athletic trainers.

*UCF’s Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program is being discontinued and is no longer accepting applications. 

Undergraduate Preparation

Clinical Education Experience

Students gain valuable experience in a variety of clinical settings throughout the duration of the program. UCF’s clinical education experiences provide exposure to universities, secondary schools and outpatient rehabilitation clinics, as well as to industrial and performing arts settings. Care is taken to ensure all students gain experience with upper- and lower-extremity sports, equipment-intensive sports, high- and low-risk sports, male and female sports, and non-orthopaedic conditions.

The diversity of our clinical education settings enables students to gain experience in almost all areas in which athletic trainers can be employed.

  • UCF Athletics Association (UCFAA)

  • Rollins College

  • Orange County Public Schools

Students are exposed to a variety of orthopaedic and non-orthopaedic conditions that occur in university and collegiate athletics, including collegiate cheerleading and dance. Students gain experience traveling with teams and communicating with physicians, coaches and administrative personnel.
  • UCF Recreation and Wellness Center (RWC)
The Recreation and Wellness Center is open to all UCF students and provides athletic training services to students and staff and faculty members with membership at the center. Students are exposed to the orthopaedic and non-orthopaedic conditions that occur during intramural sports, sport clubs, adaptive and inclusive recreation, outdoor adventure, fitness, and aquatics.
  • Orange County Public Schools (OCPS)

  • Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS)

  • Bishop Moore Catholic School

  • Trinity Preparatory School (Grades 7-12)

  • Lake Highland Preparatory School (Grades 7-12)

  • Windermere Preparatory School (Grades 7-12)
Students are exposed to a variety of orthopaedic and non-orthopaedic conditions that occur in middle school and high school athletics. Students gain experience traveling with teams and communicating with parents, physicians, coaches and administrative personnel.
  • Sports Specific Training & Rehabilitation (SST)
Sports Specific Training is an outpatient rehabilitation facility that focuses on injury prevention and sports medicine services. Students are exposed to athletic trainers and physical therapists who lead their clients through rehabilitation and performance goals.
  • Kennedy Space Center RehabWorks
At Kennedy Space Center RehabWorks, students gain experience in an industrial setting where overuse injuries and accidents require outpatient rehabilitation. This facility focuses on injury prevention and risk management to keep the “industrial athletes” at the space center healthy. Students learn about the unique needs of industrial patients in this unique and innovative setting.
  • Orlando Sports Medicine Group (OSMG)
Orlando Sports Medicine Group offers outpatient rehabilitation, post-surgical care and concussion management for both sport and non-sport populations. Students are exposed athletic trainers and physical therapists who lead their clients through rehabilitation and performance goals.
  • Orlando Solar Bears – NHL

  • Orlando City Soccer Club Lions – MLS

  • Orlando City Soccer Club Pride – NWSL
Students are exposed to a variety of orthopaedic and non-orthopaedic conditions that occur in professional team athletics. Students gain experience communicating with physicians, coaches and administrative personnel.
  • WWE Performance Center
Students are exposed to a variety of orthopaedic and non-orthopaedic conditions that occur in amateur and professional wrestling ― a sport and performing art. Students gain experience communicating with physicians, coaches and administrative personnel.

Accreditation

At this time our program meets the educational eligibility criteria for certification by the Board of Certification (BOC©) and the requirement for licensure by the Florida Board of Athletic Training in the state of Florida.

fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education(CAATE)To attain BOC certification, an individual must complete an entry-level athletic training education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and pass the BOC certification exam. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education(CAATE) through 2026-27. A list of accredited programs can be found on the CAATE website.

To qualify as a candidate for the BOC certification exam, an individual must be confirmed by the recognized program director of the CAATE-accredited athletic training education program.

Licensure is required in most, but not every state. Licensure requirements vary state by state, but BOC certification serves as the foundation for each state where licensure is required. We advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if our program meets its eligibility criteria.

You are welcome to contact Kristen Schellhase, Ed.D., the program director, with questions in this regard and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.

Student Outcomes

Board of Certification Pass-Rate Table2016-20172017-20182018-20193-Year Aggregate
# of students graduating from program 29212070
# of students graduating from program who took exam29212070
# of students who passed exam on first attempt27191662
% of students who passed exam on first attempt93%90%80%89%
# of students who passed the exam regardless of the number of attempts28211867
% of students who passed the exam regardless of the number of attempts97%100%9096%
Program Retention Rate2016-20172017-20182018-20193-Year Aggregate
# of students beginning the BS program29282885
# of students returning for subsequent year 229202173
Program retention rate 100%71%75%82%
Program Graduation Rate2016-20172017-20182018-20193-Year Aggregate
# of students beginning the BS program 29282885
# of students graduated from the program29202069
Program graduation rate100%71%71%81%
Student Employment/Placement Rate2016-20172017-20182018-20193-Year Aggregate
# of students employed as AT26181559
Student employment/placement rate at AT93%93%100%94%
# of students employed as other0000
Student employment/placement rate as other0%0%0%0%
# of students not employed1102
Student not employed rate4%5%0%3%