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:
- Health Sciences (Housed in the College of Arts and Sciences)
- Biomedical Sciences (Housed in the College of Arts and Sciences)
- Biology (Housed in the College of Arts and Sciences)
- 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?
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.