Residencies in Athletic Training:
A New Model of Professional Development for Athletic Trainers

USF Athletic Training staff evaluating injured football player

Why residency?

A residency offers you the opportunity to gain valuable clinical experience while continuing your education in the field of Athletic Training.


Residency experiences in conjunction with the online degree in Medical Sciences (M.S.), Concentration in Athletic Training

USF SMART Institute Residency Opportunities

Teaching and Administration Residency

This resident will have the opportunity to assist in administrative, clinical, and academic duties of the Undergraduate Program Director. The position includes the opportunity to provide teaching support and serve as a first career step for aspiring academics. In this position, the resident will be able to assist the professor with instructional responsibilities, including lecturing and holding classroom discussions with the students. This resident will be actively engaged in the responsibilities and duties of the program director, including involvement with CAATE.

This position also allows for the unique and active involvement in Interprofessional Education. The overall goal of this Interprofessional Educational (IPE) Experience is to provide first year medical students, DPT students and additional first year nursing and/or pharmacy students with an introduction to teamwork and communications in patient care. It is essential for students to begin using an IPE lens approach to clinical problem solving. Using a clinical case based approach, the IPE approach will help provide each student with an opportunity to learn from, with and among their colleagues across the healthcare arena.


Business Residency

The business resident's primary duties are to assist the USF SMART Institute and Orthopaedics administration, which include: assisting with business, finance, budget, and reimbursement tasks; evaluating marketing tactics within schools and various organizations in the community; learning previous strategies and human resource policies and procedures, and then revamping or recreating those plans; and coordinating community education seminars. Other tasks may involve: assisting in the department's evaluation process and formulating ideas for future endeavors. The resident should possess good interpersonal skills.

Clinical Athletic Training Residencies in Tampa Bay area high schools

There are several positions for residents to be assigned to a specific high school in the community and provide services to the school as a certified and licensed athletic trainer through the USF SMART Insitute. These positions also enable the residents to work closely with USF undergraduate athletic training students as a preceptor. These residents are responsible for providing care for all practices, home games, and away varsity football games.


Clinical USF Recreation Center & Student Health Services Residency

The USF Recreation Center and Student Health Services position involves outreach to three different areas located on the University of South Florida Tampa campus. The majority of time is spent providing athletic training services to a variety of student athletes who participate in the University’s sport clubs. The sports which require the most attention include men’s and women’s rugby, lacrosse, soccer, ice hockey, and field hockey. Athletic training services are offered through scheduled office hours at the Campus Recreation Center, as well as weekly practice and game coverage. The second part of this position is providing an athletic trainer’s expertise in musculoskeletal injuries to the patients at Student Health Services. The third and final portion of this position involves consulting and educating walk-in patients about their basic health concerns at the USF Wellness facility in the Marshall Student Center.


For more information on the USF SMART Institute residencies, contact Dr. Rebecca Lopez at


USF Athletics: Clinical Athletic Training Residencies (Division I )

USF has several positions working with Division 1 level student-athletes in a variety of sports. We look for independent, self-starting individuals to join our Bulls staff. These positions help the individual athletic trainer bridge the gap between undergraduate athletic training to the level of expertise needed at the Division 1 intercollegiate level. For more information on USF Athletics and Sports Medicine, go to or contact Steve Walz, Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Sports Medicine,

Residency Details

  • 1-year position appointment, renewable for an additional 1 year (the intent is for residents to remain in the same positions for the duration of the M.S. program)
  • $10,000/year stipend
  • Tuition and fees toward the M.S. in Medical Sciences, Concentration in Athletic Training degree program covered by the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine