About Our Program
- Housed in the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in the Morsani College of Medicine
- Formal inter-professional education with students within USF Health, including Physician Assistant, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, and Medical programs
- Opportunity for more than 34 weeks of immersive clinical experience, with 26 weeks formally built into the academic semesters.
- All students obtain clinical experiences in the high school, small college, major college, and general medical and rehabilitation clinic settings. Additional opportunities exist within the various professional sports teams in the Tampa Bay region.
The USF Athletic Training Program is a limited access program designed to prepare students for a successful career as an athletic trainer, educated and experienced in the management of health care problems associated with the physically active.
The program is an intensive and continual 24-month program, with clinical experiences included across the curriculum. All clinical experiences include immersive periods, where the student has no didactic responsibilities for weeks at a time and is fully integrated into their assigned clinical setting for that rotation.
The USF Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Graduates from our program establish successful careers as athletic trainers in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics, and other athletic health care settings.
The mission of the USF Athletic Training Program is to provide our students with the most comprehensive and progressive foundation on which to build a career in Athletic Training. Our educational program encompasses current research and formal instruction in the prevention, recognition, evaluation and treatment of the physically active. Upon successful completion of this program, our students are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.
The vision of the USF Athletic Training Program is to be recognized as a leader in the field of Athletic Training by contributing to and advancing the knowledge base of injury prevention, injury recognition, injury management, and inter-professional collaboration. Through the acquisition of evidence-based information and the use of new techniques and research, USF Athletic Training will serve as a model for community partnerships and innovative program delivery.
History of Athletic Training at USF
While our formal academic model in athletic training education spans more than 15 years, it is important to note that even prior to that, numerous students seeking certification from the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification (NATA-BOC) achieved it by way of internships. USF's formal Athletic Training Student Program was initiated in 1983. The program began with only two interns and grew to include as many as twenty, averaging ten to twelve students per year.
When changes in the Athletic Training profession and academia established a more formalized education preparation, development of an accredited Athletic Training Program began. The USF Athletic Training Program obtained initial accreditation in October of 2003.
The summer of 2007 marked the start of a new era in our athletic training history. In a bold move to further strengthen its role in Sports Medicine and a buildup of sports safety and orthopedics at USF Health, the program was moved from the College of Education to the Morsani College of Medicine. Our Athletic Training Program is housed in the medical school's Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
The summer of 2015 marked the next big milestone in the Athletic Training program at USF, in that we admitted our first cohort of Master's level professional students. The graduating class of 2016 was the last group of students to complete their Athletic Training degree at USF with a Bachelor's degree.