Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What kind of job can I get with this degree?

A: This degree is designed to prepare the student to become a Certified Athletic Trainer. Certified athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. As part of a complete health care team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care professionals, athletics administrators, coaches and parents.

Q: What is the salary range of typical Athletic Training jobs?

A: Salary is dependent on setting and geographic region.  The National Athletic Trainers’ Association routinely preforms a nationwide Salary Survey of the membership.  The most recent data from that survey can be found here.

Q: What undergraduate major should I declare to get the prerequisites I need to apply to the Athletic Training Program?

A: There are no specific program requirements of the undergraduate degree.  The undergraduate majors that will give you the majority of the prerequisites needed to apply to our Master's program are:

  1. Health Sciences (Housed in the College of Arts and Sciences)
  2. Biomedical Sciences (Housed in the College of Arts and Sciences)
  3. Biology (Housed in the College of Arts and Sciences)
  4. Exercise Science (Housed in the College of Education)

Q: What score do I need to achieve on the GRE in order to be considered for admission in the MS in AT program at USF?

A: We do not have a specific threshold score for admission.  We simply use the GRE score as part of the total application packet.

Q: Can I do my observational hours while pursuing my undergraduate degree?

A: Yes, you can complete your observational hours while pursuing your undergraduate degree.

Q: How many observational hours can I do in a Physical Therapy setting?

A: You can only do 25 hours in a Physical Therapy setting the other 25 must be in a traditional setting (i.e. high school, college, professional team) under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer.

Q: When does the program start once I am admitted?

A: Admitted students should expect to begin classes in the last week of June in the first summer of matriculation.

Q: Do I have to have all my prerequisites complete at the time I apply?

A: All pre-requisites must be completed by the time you are officially admitted into the program.  You must receive a C or better in all pre-requisites to be considered as an applicant.

Q: If I apply this year and don't make it into the program can I reapply next year?

A: Yes.

Q: How many students will you accept into the program?

A: We accept approximately 30 students each year depending on the quality of the candidate pool.

Q:  Will this program be a bridge for me to attend Physical Therapy School?

A: This program is not designed to be a pre-physical therapy degree. Many physical therapy programs require different pre-requisites that the USF Athletic Training Program requires.

Q: How long is the program once I am admitted?

A: 2 years in length including summers.