Post-Professional Athletic Training Program

Admissions Requirements

The admissions process is open every year from October 15th until June 1st (or until filled to capacity). This program only admits applicants for the fall semester.

Residency Positions: Most students in this program are working full-time outside of the Tampa, Florida area and completing this program remotely.  However, there are a few residency positions where a student may work clinically within the USF area and still complete the program as a distance learner. Students applying for residency positions in addition to the academic program will need to apply to the position separately. Please visit the "Residency Opportunities" page for more information.

Admissions 1

Applicants to the M.S. in Advanced Athletic Training (Post-Professional Program) must meet the following criteria

Undergraduate GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

GRE score: 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; however, applicants are encouraged to send 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.

Pre-requisite Education: Applicants must have completed (or be currently enrolled in) a CAATE-accredited Athletic Training Education Program (or be a certified athletic trainer if you attended an internship program)

Professional Certification: BOC certified/eligible or equivalent (such as Texas Licensed Athletic Trainer, LAT or Canadian AT certification)

To request official BOC Certification Verification, please use the form found on the BOC website here.
International students will need to provide degree program details and course descriptions with application. Course descriptions and programs will not be reviewed on an individual basis without a completed application.

Recommendations/evaluations: Two letters are required. Both letters should address the applicant’s academic ability and readiness to pursue graduate-level studies in an online format (self-motivated learners, dedication to the profession and a desire for advancement in the field).

Two (2) recommendations/evaluations are required:

  • At least one of the letters must be from an athletic trainer
  • One of the letters should be from a/an faculty member that can speak to your ability to succeed academically in this program (this person can also be an athletic trainer)

Please note that letters from friends, family, etc… are not considered professional letters of recommendation to assist us in judging your academic and professional potential to succeed in our program.

Cover Letter/Resume: Applicants should include a cover letter and resume with their application materials. *Important Note: The cover letter should include whether you plan to complete this degree as a distance learning student only or if you will be pursuing a residency position.*