Admissions Information



Applicants must demonstrate completion with a minimum grade of “C” of at least one course at the undergraduate or graduate levels in each of the following subject areas:


·         Anatomy and Physiology (2 semesters)

·         Medical Terminology

·         Nutrition

·         Psychology

·         Exercise Physiology

·         Chemistry

·         Physics

·         Biology

·         Statistics

·         Biomechanics/Kinesiology (recommended)

·         Technical Writing (recommended)


Additional Admission Requirements

Observational Hours:

Students applying to the athletic training program are required to complete and record 50 hours of observation with a Licensed Athletic Trainer. Blood Borne Pathogen training must be completed prior to starting observation hours.  You may complete any Blood Borne Pathogen Training as long as you provide a certificate of completion to the Athletic Trainer you are observing. 

Half of the observation hours must be completed in a "traditional" athletic training setting (e.g. high school, college, university, or professional sports venue). The remaining hours may be obtained in a sports medicine clinic or other emerging practice setting. You may also choose to do all 50 in a traditional setting, this will be accepted.  All hours must be completed under the supervision of a Licensed Athletic Trainer.

Observation forms are available using the link below or may be obtained from the Athletic Training Program Advising office. All observation forms must be turned in with the application.  

Please note that if observation hours are obtained in a Hillsborough County High School, students must complete the SERVE background check paperwork prior to starting the hours. 

Click the link below for observation hours instructions:

Observational Hours Packet

Click the link below for SERVE instructions and application: 

SERVE Form Instructions


Students are required to meet the technical standards for admission or show potential for accomplished tasks with accommodations as determined by the Student Disability Office. More information on technical standards is available below.


Application Process  

Students are required to:

  • Be admitted to USF by the Office of Graduate Studies
  • Meet the technical standards for admission or show potential for accomplished tasks (see below)
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate coursework
  • Completion of the GRE

·         All applicants must submit GRE test scores earned within five (5) years of the desired term of entry. Official scores must be submitted to USF directly from the Educational Testing Service, but applicants may provide unofficial copies of their test scores to expedite the processing of their applications. Any admission granted using unofficial scores will not be finalized until official scores from ETS are received.

·         The Designated Institution (DI) code for USF ATCAS is 1784 and applies to all tests administered by ETS.

  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal statement describing prior experiences, accomplishments, and career goals
  • Interview (on campus preferred) with the Athletic Training faculty and staff

Click the button below to submit a USF Graduate online application:



Click "AT Application Packet" for important information on submission of your personal statement and recommendation letters:

AT Application Packet

Please mail the following to the Athletic Training Program:

·                  Official undergraduate transcripts reflecting undergraduate degree

·                  3 letters of recommendation

·                  Personal statement describing prior experiences, accomplishments, and career goals

·                  Completed observational hours (see instructions in observations hours packet)


Mailing Address:

USF Athletic Training Admissions Office – Professional Program

Attn: Angela Moore

13220 USF Laurel Drive

MDF 5th Floor -MDC106

Tampa, FL  33612



Student Selection


Step 1

Upon receipt of completed application packet, initial review of the application will be conducted by the Athletic Training faculty.  Applicants will be evaluated based on:


·         Undergraduate GPA

   - Overall

   - Prerequisite courses

·         GRE Score

·         Personal statement

·         Observation hours and Clinical Mentor evaluations

·         Letters of recommendation


Step 2

Qualified applicants will be asked for an on-campus or video conference interview with the Athletic Training faculty and Staff.


Step 3

Once feedback from all faculty, clinical mentors, and current students has been collected, the program administrative team selects the top candidates and offers program admission.



Tuition and Fees


·         Students will be required to pay Graduate Level Tuition and Fees (Resident or Non-Resident

·         Refer to for updated information


Program Specific Fees

Some courses within the Athletic Training Curriculum require individual program specific fees to fund specialized expendible supplies, cost of certifications, etc.  The specific program fees are listed below by course number/name.  The fees will be charged with the standard University tuition/fees bill.


Year 1



  ATR 5105C

Athletic Training Techniques


  ATR 5125

Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice


  ATR 5185

Clinical Experience I


  ATR 5825

Clinical Experience II



Total Year 1


Year 2



  ATR 6835

Clinical Experience III


  ATR 6226

Advanced Athletic Training


  ATR 6845

Clinical Experience IV



Total Year 2














Graduation Requirements

  • Students will complete all 60 hours of didactic coursework with a minimum program GPA of 3.0
  • Students will complete at least 1000 hours of clinical education under an approved Preceptor


Technical Standards for Admission, Academic Progression and Graduation


Athletic training education requires that the accumulation of scientific knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of skills, professional attitudes, and behaviors. Standards presented in this document are prerequisite for admission and graduation from the University of South Florida Athletic Training Program. All courses in the curriculum are required in order to develop the essential skills necessary to become a competent practitioner.


An athletic training candidate must have aptitude, abilities, and skills in five areas: observation; communication; motor; conceptual, integrative and quantitative; and behavioral and social. Technological compensation can be made for some handicaps in these areas, but a candidate should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner. The use of a trained intermediary would mean that a candidate's judgment must be mediated by some one else's power of selection and observation. Therefore, third parties cannot be used to assist students in accomplishing curricular requirements in the five skill areas specified below.



A candidate should be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand. Observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision and other sensory modalities. It is enhanced by the functional use of the sense of smell.



A candidate should be able to speak, to hear and to observe patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, and perceive nonverbal communications. A candidate must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients. Communication includes not only speech, but also reading and writing skills. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written form with all members of the health care team.


Motor Coordination or Function

Candidates should have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other diagnostic maneuvers. A candidate should be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, application of pressure to stop bleeding, application of bandages for wound care, patient transport, and manual therapies. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium and functional use of the sense of touch and vision.


Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities

These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis. Problem solving, a critical skill demanded of athletic trainers, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, the candidate should be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures.


Behavioral and Social Attributes

Candidates must possess the emotional health required for full use of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the physical assessment and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients, coaches, medical professionals, and family members.  Empathy, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest and motivation are all personal qualities that should be assessed during the admission and educational processes.


Candidates must have somatic sensation and functional use of the senses of vision and hearing.  Candidates’ diagnostic skills will also be lessened with out the functional use of the senses of equilibrium smell and taste. Additionally they must have sufficient exteroceptive sense (touch pain and temperature) and sufficient proprioceptive sense (position pressure, movement, stereognosis and vibratory) and sufficient motor function to permit them to carry out the activities described in the section above.  They must be able to consistently, quickly, and accurately integrate all information received by whatever sense(s) employed, and they must have the intellectual ability to learn, integrate, analyze and synthesize data. 


The College of Medicine and Athletic Training Program will consider for admission any applicant who demonstrates the ability to perform or to learn to perform the skills listed in this document.  Students will be judged not only on their scholastic accomplishments, but also on their physical and emotional capacities to meet the full requirements of the school’s curriculum, and to graduate as skilled and effective practitioners. 


Candidates are asked to address the following questions in consideration of these requirements:

1.    Is the candidate able to observe demonstrations and participate in skill laboratories?

2.    Is the candidate able to analyze, synthesize, extrapolate, solve problems and reach diagnostic and therapeutic judgments?

3.    Does the candidate have sufficient use of the senses of vision and hearing and the somatic sensation necessary to perform an assessment examination?

4.    Can the candidate reasonably be expected to relate to athletes/patients and establish sensitive, professional relationships with athletes/patients?

5.    Can the candidate reasonably be expected to communicate the results of the examination to the athlete/patient and to his or her colleagues with accuracy, clarity and efficiency?

6.    Can the candidate reasonably be expected to learn and perform assessment tests and procedures?

7.    Can the candidate reasonably be expected to perform with precise, quick and appropriate actions in emergency situations?

8.    Can the candidate reasonably be expected to display good judgment in the assessment and treatment of athletes/patients?

9.    Can the candidate reasonably be expected to possess the perseverance, diligence, and consistency to complete the Athletic Training Program curriculum and enter the practice of athletic training?

10. Can the candidate reasonably be expected to accept criticism and respond by appropriate modification of behavior?


Students with Disabilities

Graduates must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care. The University of South Florida Athletic Training Program acknowledges Section 504 of the 1973 Vocational Rehabilitation Act and PL 103-336, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but ascertains that the above minimum standards must be present for athletic training candidates. 


USF is committed to the principles of Equal Educational and Employment Opportunities without regard to disabilities. Students with disabilities apply under the same guidelines as other students. If a student feels a disability has had an impact on grades, course choice or standardized admission test scores, the student may request consideration of this in the admissions process. Documentation of the disability and its relationship to the failure to satisfy a specific USF requirement should be submitted with the application for admission. 


The Office of Disabled Student Academic Services coordinates learning assistance to eligible students with disabilities. Course related assistance and accommodations such as reader services, interpreters, alternative exam administration, note takers and adaptive equipment are available through this office.