Academic Curriculum

General Degree Requirements

Successful graduates of the USF Master of Science in Athletic Training program will have completed a course of study following the guidelines set forth by the Commission for Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

The curriculum is based on a medical model with the large portion of the didactic training in the first year with more time for clinical based education in the second year. The degree consists of 60 credit hours, all of which are required. The degree is a non-thesis option, but will require a capstone comprehensive assessment that will be completed in the last semester.

Athletic Training Program Course Sequence - Class of 2021

Year 1 - Summer
ATR 5105C Athletic Training Techniques 3
ATR 5125 Anat Basis of Clin Prac 3
ATR 5534 Documentation in AT 1
Year 1 - Fall
ATR 5217C Physical Exam I 4
ATR 5306C Therapeutic Inter I 4
ATR 6104 Preventing Sudden Death  3
ATR 5815 Clinical Exp I
Year 1 - Spring
ATR 5307C Therapeutic Inter II 4
ATR 5218C Physical Exam II 4
ATR 5346C Health and Wellness I 3
ATR 5435 Medical Conditions 3
ATR 5351C Health and Wellness II 1
ATR 5348C Health and Wellness III 1
ATR 5825 Clinical Exp II
Total 36

Year 2 - Summer
ATR 5612 Evidence Based Med                              
ATR 5835 Clinical Practicum
Year 2 - Fall
ATR 6517 Professional Practice 3
ATR 6616 Research in AT 3
ATR 6835 Clinical Exp III 4
Year 2 - Spring
ATR 5308C Therapeutic Inter III 1
ATR 6226 Advanced AT 3
ATR 6845 Clinical Exp IV 4
Total 24

ATR 5815, 5825, 5835, 6835, and 6845 each require the completion of clinical education hours at various sites. In year 1 (ATR 5815 and ATR 5825) students are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours/semester and a maximum of 200 hours/semester. This does not include the immersive experience weeks. The maximum clinical experience during the didactic blocks is 15 hours per week. In year 2 (ATR 6835 and ATR 6845) students are required to complete a minimum of 250 hours/semester and a maximum of 600 hours/semester. This does not include the 2-week immersive experiences.

The hour requirement for any level during any immersive clinical experience will be 20-75 hours per week, which will vary throughout the year and by clinical site. During this time, students are expected to be at their clinical experience any time their preceptor is there, however, as a CAATE standard, students still need a day off every 7-day period.  There will be variation in the number of hours the student will be in the assigned clinical rotation depending on the preceptor to which the student is assigned and the demands of the clinical assignment.

Students must be available nights and weekends for clinical assignments as needed. Students should be aware that this is a considerable time commitment and should plan accordingly. Students may acquire hours outside of this range under rare circumstances and are considered exceptions. The Program Director and Clinical Education Coordinator must approve all exceptions.

On a typical day, in the first year, students must be available from 9am-4pm for class and from 5pm-8pm for clinical education daily (times vary depending on site). Students must also be available nights and weekends for clinical assignments as needed.

There will be additional costs (above tuition and fees) for the clinical rotations (See Cost of Attendance tab). Costs may include, but are not limited to professional liability insurance, physical examination and immunizations, professional association fees, uniforms, and travel expenses related to clinical education. Transportation is needed for all off-campus clinical sites. Each student will have a minimum of two off-campus sites.

Students completing clinical rotations off campus at area high schools will be asked to submit to a background check and must be fingerprinted. The student is responsible for these additional costs. Students should check with his/her assigned preceptor prior to the start of the clinical rotation to be sure that all requirements are met ahead of time.

Retention Standards

As a student in the Athletic Training Program you must:

  • Enroll as a full-time student.
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Achieve satisfactory evaluations in each Clinical Experience course before progressing.
  • Successfully complete coursework in the sequence indicated by the program of study unless approved by Athletic Training Program Director.
  • Abide by the Code of Ethics of the University, the Morsani College of Medicine and those established by the National Athletic Trainers' Association and the Board of Certification
  • Obtain all vaccinations or proof of immunity as indicated on verification form prior to clinical experiences.
  • Maintain CPR, First-aid certification, and blood borne pathogens training throughout the program
  • Maintain personal professional liability insurance throughout the program.

Failure to meet the above standards may result in dismissal from the program.

Academic Progression

Students proceed through the program in cohorts and are required to complete all the required courses each semester with a grade of ā€œCā€œ or better in order to progress to the next semester. Failure to earn a C in any course requires the student to retake the course when it is offered the next year. The student is NOT allowed to progress with clinical experiences until the course is remediated.

Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the Athletic Training courses each semester. Failure to meet the 3.0 GPA will result in the student being placed on academic probation. Probation includes the development of a study plan and progress meetings with the Program Director and may include attending mandatory study sessions. Two consecutive semesters on probation may result in the student being dismissed from the program. Students who do not complete the requirements will be dismissed from the program and may re-apply for the next cohort. If a student is dismissed due to academic performance, academic progress will be delayed by at least one year


In the case that a student does not maintain a 3.0, they must undergo remediation. Remediation may consist of additional content assessments and meetings with Faculty. Remediation contracts will be set up with Faculty on an individual basis. Failure to meet the terms of the contract will result in dismissal from the program.

Assessment of clinical skills is done via practical exams in various courses. Failure to earn a 70% or better on a practical exam does not demonstrate competence of that clinical skill. In the event that a student fails to earn a 70% on any practical exam, they must be re-evaluated on that clinical skill until they demonstrate competence. Their final grade for that exam will be the average of the non-passing and passing scores.

Capstone/Cumulative Exam

Prior to graduating from the program, all students must successfully complete a weeklong Capstone Exam with a Satisfactory or better.  Components of the exam will include a comprehensive written exam, a simulated patient interaction, and design and implementation of a treatment plan.  Day 1 of testing will consist of the written exam.  Day 2, students will interview and assess a standardized patient.  Days 3 and 4 students will design a comprehensive treatment plan for the patient, and implement said treatment plan on Day 5.  Failure to complete any component of the exam with a satisfactory will result in remediation of that portion of the assessment and may delay graduation.

Graduation Requirements

  • Maintenance of 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of clinical education hours
  • Completion 60 credits
  • Successful completion of Capstone Comprehensive Assessment
  • Satisfactory completion of Proficiencies
  • Preceptor Evaluations of Satisfactory or better
ATR 5308C