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Gain Experience in a Diversity of Clinical Settings to Succeed in Athletic Training

Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians and other members of the healthcare team to provide preventive services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

Athletic trainers are employed in a wide variety of settings including secondary schools, colleges and universities, outpatient rehabilitation facilities, medical offices, hospitals, the performing arts, the military, public safety organizations, and industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, athletic training employment is expected to grow 23%.

The UCF Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program is a six-semester graduate program. Faculty and clinical educators (preceptors) focus on excellence in teaching and healthcare to support students throughout their journey to successfully become licensed athletic trainers.

If you are interested in being a member of an interprofessional healthcare team and you enjoy working with active populations, a career in athletic training may be for you. At UCF, you will have learning experiences with students from other healthcare-related programs designed to enhance interprofessional teamwork in patient care.

Rolling admission starts Feb. 1, so be sure to apply early!

Athletic training students helping a patient


Board of Certification (BOC) first-time pass rates well above the national average
High employment rate with graduates employed in diverse clinical practice settings
Research opportunities within laboratories affiliated with the MAT program

Application Deadlines

April 1

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Course Overview

Emergency Care and Critical Incident Management

Learn to implement appropriate emergency and immediate care procedures that reduce the risk of morbidity and mortality in patients.

Perform a systematic assessment to formulate a clinical diagnosis and determine a plan of care.

Optimize patient outcomes by administering therapeutic exercise, therapeutic modalities, and manual techniques.

Use evidence to inform clinical decision making and contribute to the body of athletic training research through the completion of a capstone project.

Integrate best practices for risk management, documentation, and business administration.

Peter Dawry

Not only are the professors and preceptors excellent teachers, but I've built a great professional network that I can now reach out to whenever I need advice. The professors set a great foundation in the classroom which is reinforced and practiced in your clinical sites. The UCF MAT program was a great experience and has definitely helped in my transition to practice."

Peter Dawry, MAT, ATC, ‘21MAT

Athletic Training Skills You'll Learn

  • Emergency Care and Critical Incident Management
  • Assessment, Evaluation and Diagnosis of Injury and Illness
  • Therapeutic Rehabilitation and Manual Therapy Techniques
  • Research in Clinically Relevant Topics
  • Administration in Athletic Training Practice

Career Opportunities

  • Secondary schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Professional sports
  • Performing arts
  • Military
  • Public safety
  • Industry
  • Outpatient rehabilitation facilities, medical offices, and hospitals

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