Professional Athletic Training Program

Admissions Information

The application cycle for the Class of 2023 is now open!  Priority deadline December 1, 2020.  Final deadline February 15, 2021.

Pre-requisites

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

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II (labs ARE required)
  • General Chemistry I (lab preferred not required)
  • General Physics I (lab preferred not required)
  • General Biology I (lab preferred not required)
  • Medical Terminology 
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • General Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Biomechanics/Kinesiology (recommended not required)
  • Technical Writing (recommended not required)

Please note all course substitutions are evaluated and approved on a case by case basis. For more information regarding this please send an email to: ATprogram@usf.edu to request a course substitution evaluation.

Additional Admission Requirements

Applicants must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited academic institution (or foreign equivalent with satisfactory completion of the TOEFL).

Applicants must demonstrate an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (some exceptions are permissible).

Applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). No threshold score is required, although the applicant’s GRE score will be included as part of the entire application packet.

Applicants must be CPR (with AED for adult, infant, and child) and First Aid certified. You will need to upload a copy of your certification cards to ATCAS.

A few notes regarding COVID19:

Pass/Fail or U/S courses: Due to the current COVID19 pandemic we recognize that some students may be taking courses or have future courses scheduled as pass/fail, either as an individual choice or institutional decision. If you have a choice to take courses for a grade, they will impact your ATCAS GPA’s, whereas pass/fail will not impact your GPA’s. We support our future AT students in making the best decision during this unique time. Courses, including prerequisites, for the AT program taken as pass/fail during the COVID19 response will be accepted and will not negatively impact admissions decisions for prospective students.

Online Courses/Labs: We will accept online courses for prerequisite and science courses for our AT program. However, if possible we always recommend that you complete these courses on campus and/or in person. Always stay in touch with your advisor and/or pre-health advisor to determine the best plan of action during this time.

GRE: We still require the GRE for the 2020-2021 cycle. We will accept the new at home test format, or traditional GRE scores taken at a testing center.  Please email for any specific questions regarding the GRE.

Observational Hours

Students applying to the Athletic Training program are not required to complete observation hours with a Certified and/or Licensed Athletic Trainer, but it is recommended.

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 SERVE instructions and application:
SERVE Instructions

Students are required to meet the technical standards for admission or show potential to accomplish tasks with accommodations as determined by USF Student Accessibility Services.