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As of February 1, 2015 the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program has suspended admission. This means that unless you have been accepted into this degree program prior to February 1, 2015, you will not be able to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training at UWM. Students who are interested in becoming Athletic Trainers will be advised to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology program.

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Torry Rufer, MS
Recruitment Coordinator, Academic Advisor
(414) 229-2758 •

Athletic training is a health care profession, practiced by athletic trainers who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training includes the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.

To become an athletic trainer one must earn a degree in Athletic Training from a college or university with an education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), and pass the national Board of Certification exam.

Coming in 2017: Master of Science in Athletic Training

To continue our leadership in Athletic Training education, we are revising our program to reflect the changed nature of professional practice demanding more interprofessional collaboration, a higher degree of autonomy requiring advanced development of clinical reasoning skills, and a skill set in evidence based practice that allows graduates to actively engage in the rapidly changing science surrounding health care practice. Therefore, we are in the process of establishing a graduate, professional education program where students would earn a Master of Science in Athletic Training. The program is going to be implemented during the 2016-2017 academic year, with the first students beginning the program for the Summer session of 2017.

(All timelines and information are in the process of being approved by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Wisconsin System. These announcements should be read as preliminary, as the MS Athletic Training program is not yet approved by the University of Wisconsin System)



The BS Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The UWM ATEP received initial accreditation in 2003, and is currently in active status with the CAATE. The program will undergo re-accreditation review in 2017-2018.

Mission, Goals & Objectives

Mission, Goals & Objectives


To develop clinician-scholars from diverse backgrounds who integrate knowledge from kinesiology, varied learning experiences, and research to practice Athletic Training, and do so in an evidence based way as part of an interprofessional health care team.

Goals & Objectives


  1. Develop a well-rounded athletic trainer who has comprehensive knowledge of the domains of athletic training practice, and is a patient-centered healthcare provider who will remain actively engaged in learning throughout their career. Specifically, the program will achieve the following student learning outcomes:
    • Athletic Training students will demonstrate mastery of knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors related to evidence-based athletic training practice.
    • Athletic Training students are prepared, capable, and experienced in working as part of an inter-professional healthcare team.
    • Athletic Training students will be able to integrate aspects of physical and mental health, cultural competence, ethics, and patient and community values to improve the patients’ outcome.
    • Athletic Training students will demonstrate attitudes, behaviors, and practices that support personal well-being and life-long learning.
    • Athletic Training students will exemplify leadership, professional engagement and advocacy to strengthen the profession of athletic training.
  2. Deliver a problem-based curriculum that draws from various biopsychosocial disciplines and includes inter-professional learning opportunities.
  3. Provide clinical education experiences in numerous settings to develop culturally competent clinicians who represent the diverse populations of patients that they serve.
  4. Recruit and retain faculty who are outstanding clinicians, educators, and researchers who provide mentorship to produce future leaders in the athletic training profession.
  5. Actively contribute to the athletic training profession through the scholarship and leadership of the faculty, staff, and students.

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes

Board of Certification Examination Results

Updated 8/24/16

 2013-142014-152015-163 year aggregate
# students graduating from the program125320
# students graduating who took BOC exam125522
# students who passed BOC on the first attempt115521
% of students who passed the BOC on the first attempt92%100%100%95%
# of students who passed the BOC regardless of the number of attempts125522.00
% of students who passed the BOC regardless of the number of attempts100%100%100%100%



As of February 1, 2015 the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program has suspended admission. This means that unless you have been accepted into this degree program prior to February 1, 2015, you will not be able to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training at UWM. Students who are interested in becoming Athletic Trainers will be advised to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology program.

Transfer Students

Due to the sequential and cumulative nature of the curriculum, transfer students must complete all of the Athletic Training Core courses at UWM. General education requirements, electives and professional core courses may be transferred in according to UWM guidelines. Acceptance of transfer credits is determined by the ATEP Director in consultation with the College of Health Sciences Assoc. Dean of Student Affairs, and Enrollment Services.

Meet With Your Advisor

Meet With Your Advisor

To schedule an advising appointment, call (414) 229-2758 or visit Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6425.

I’m a new student.  How do I start?

You are assigned an academic advisor upon admission to UWM. New Student Orientation (NSO) helps those who are new to campus to learn and understand the enrollment process and enroll in classes for their first semester at UWM!

Who is my advisor?

Torry Rufer, MS
Recruitment Coordinator, Academic Advisor
(414) 229-2758 •

You can also see the name of your advisor and contact them directly by accessing your student center in PAWS.

When should I meet with my advisor?

Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once per semester to ensure timely progress to graduation.

  • Enrolling for spring semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in October or November.
  • Enrolling for fall semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in March or April.

Students are also welcome to schedule an appointment with their advisor at any time to discuss academic challenges, career opportunities, or any other questions.

How can my advisor help me?

CHS boasts professional academic advisors who understand the challenges of balancing academics, work, family, and the social aspects of college life. Advisors partner with you to:

  • Explore your academic and career interests
  • Plan the sequence of your courses
  • Prepare for course enrollment
  • Access tutoring and other academic support
  • Identify opportunities for campus involvement
  • Connect you to campus resources
  • Plan for graduation


The major consists of one semester of Pre-Athletic Training study, and 7 semesters once admitted to the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP), leading to the completion of 130 credits and a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree. The major consists of a four-year curriculum of 130 credits including general education (GER) courses, foundation courses, kinesiology core courses, athletic training core courses, and clinical education courses. The curriculum is sequenced and tracked, and most courses must be taken during the planned semester. GER Courses that must be completed before graduation include: English, Math, Cultural Diversity, Foreign Language, Soc Science, Nat Science, Humanities, Art.

Get Involved

Get Involved

Society of Athletic Training Students (SATS)

The Society of Athletic Training Students’ (SATS) purpose is to promote and encourage higher scholastic achievement and personal and professional development in the area of sports medicine. SATS is open to anyone interested in kinesiology, exercise and fitness, athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy or sports medicine.


Jennifer Earl-Boehm, Faculty Advisor
Associate Professor
(414) 229-3227

UWM Office of Undergraduate Research

The UWM Office of Undergraduate Research is a centralized location for undergraduates seeking on-campus research opportunities and faculty seeking enthusiastic, motivated undergraduate students with whom to collaborate.

Volunteer Service

The Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research provides the UW-Milwaukee campus with different opportunities to volunteer throughout the city and beyond. Each week of the year there are opportunities to make a real difference in Milwaukee and beyond by working to improve the environment, mentoring local kids, stocking shelves at a food pantry, serving breakfast to Milwaukee’s homeless community, engaging in an alternative spring break, and helping older adults.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at

Clinical Education

Clinical Education

Formal Clinical Education

Once admitted to the ATEP students complete their formal clinical education for five sequential semesters via the course KIN 416 Competencies in Athletic Training. The primary purpose of these clinical education experiences is to provide the student with the opportunity to practice and refine their clinical and decision making skills in the context of direct patient care. During the clinical placement, students are supervised by a licensed athletic trainer who is an Approved Clinical Instructor (ACI) either at UWM, or other sites in the community. Students commit an average of 12 hours per week to clinical education. Some experiences may occur outside of the academic semester, such as pre-season practices in August and during the winter break. The Clinical Experience Guidelines detail the expectations and requirements of the clinical education experiences.

During the five-semester clinical education sequence, students will be provided exposure to a variety of work settings and patient populations. These will include emergency and acute injury care, upper and lower extremity injuries, sport-equipment intensive experiences, and general medical interactions. All students will have an experience at a collegiate, high school, sports medicine clinic, and general medical setting. Other available experiences include professional sports, performing arts, industrial, and clinical settings.

Clinical education assignments are coordinated by the Director of Clinical Education and are based upon the class and/or work schedule of each student as well as identification of clinical education goals of each student. This process allows the ATEP to accommodate the individual student-needs while ensuring that each student participates in an appropriate, yet diverse set of supervised clinical experiences. The emphasis of each clinical rotation will directly correspond to the semester-specific set of educational competencies and clinical proficiencies presented in the concurrent academic courses.

To maintain good standing, and progress within the ATEP students must earn at least a B- in KIN 416 each semester. Additional expectations are outlined in the Clinical Progression Requirements.


During the final year of the ATEP, each student will complete an internship at a clinical affiliate that he/she selects under the guidance of the Director of Clinical Education. The internship is a capstone experience designed to facilitate the refinement of clinical skills from proficiency towards a level of mastery equated with an entry level professional. The internship experience is part of the course “Kinesiology Internship and Seminar” (KIN 489). The total internship experience equals a total of 14 semester credits and 640 contact hours within the agency.

The Kinesiology Internship and Seminar for the Athletic Training sub-major carries 14 semester hours of credit supervised by the University and may be completed using one of four Field Experience Options. The internship may only be taken during the last year of the student’s undergraduate program. For a single semester, the internship student should enroll in 14 credit hours. For a two-semester internship, students should enroll in at least 3credits and no more than 11 credits for each of the two semesters (totaling 14 credits), and those semesters should be consecutive.

The student and Director of Clinical Education work together to identify an internship site that will expand the student’s knowledge base, and /or closely resemble his/her career goals and interests. Through assignments and experiences, the internship will advance the student’s professionalism, and provide direction/education towards preparing the athletic training student for the national board examination. Information and guidance for post-graduate certification, licensure, job seeking, and graduate school is also provided.

Admission to Internship

The following requirements must be met before enrolling in KIN 489

  1. Completion of all other curriculum requirements,
  2. 2.50 cumulative GPA
  3. 2.75 cumulative GPA for all Kinesiology (KIN) courses numbered 270 and above

Students should be aware that the Kinesiology Internship and Seminar (KIN 489) course requires either a full-time (40 hours per week) commitment for 16 weeks, or an average of 20 hours per week commitment over two consecutive semesters.

Students in the Athletic Training Education Program may opt to complete a two-semester internship. In addition to the criteria listed previously, the following criteria must be met by students pursuing the two-semester internship.

  1. Must be in good academic standing within the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP).
  2. Must have approval from the Director of Clinical Education to plan for and be placed within the internship program.
  3. Must be within 32 credits hours of graduation (including internship credits).
  4. May be limited to 9 credits of other coursework each semester while completing internship requirements.

Supplemental Clinical Education

The growth of our community-based clinical affiliates has provided a number of clinical education opportunities to augment a student’s education. These supplemental experiences are organized by the Director of Clinical Education and disseminated to the students through electronic postings and the weekly seminar class. Examples of recent supplemental clinical education include:

  • Shadowing a team physician and/or orthopedic surgeon during surgical procedures, hospital rounds or patient appointments
  • Assisting a licensed athletic trainer with athletic training coverage for local sporting events sponsored by independent organizations such as USA Volleyball and National Youth Soccer Tournaments
  • Assisting a licensed athletic trainer providing coverage for large sporting events, such as marathons, 5K races, triathlons, rugby tournaments, etc.


The established graduation criteria for the BS Athletic Training include:

  • Payment of graduation fee on the PAWS system
  • Completion of 130 degree-credits for the B.S Athletic Training degree
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 for the Athletic Training Core Courses and Kinesiology Core Courses, which includes satisfying minimum grade requirements that have been established for specific courses
  • Successful completion of a KIN 489 Athletic Training Internship (640-hours)

Any student meeting the graduation requirements will also have satisfied specific clinical skill criteria, as this requirement is part of the course grade for “Competencies in Athletic Training” (KIN 416).

Use UWM’s Graduation website to review campus-wide graduation requirements, graduation application deadlines, applying for graduation, and ordering your cap and gown.

Certification & Licensure

Certification & Licensure
To become a Certified Athletic Trainer, students must successfully pass the national athletic training Board of Certification Examination. Students are eligible upon enrollment in the final semester of coursework. Details about the examination and registration can be found at the Board of Certification website.

Following successfully passing the Board exam, a final transcript must be requested from Enrollment services and sent to the Board of Certification.

A license to practice athletic training is required in nearly all states. Graduates are encouraged to contact the state government website where they plan to practice. For Wisconsin residents, see the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services website.

For other related certifications

Employment Outlook

Employment Outlook


Athletic trainers working in full time positions typically receive a salary and benefits. The salary depends on the education and experience of the athletic trainer and also on the setting in which the individual is working. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics the mean annual income of athletic trainers in Wisconsin is $44,940, compared to the national average income of $41,600. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association provides estimates of salary by experience level, education, and job setting based on a membership survey conducted every three years. The 2008 NATA Salary Survey indicates a national average salary of $44,235. Examples of average annual salary by education level, or job setting are listed below:

Education or SettingAverage Salary
Athletic Trainer - Bachelor’s degree$39,096
Athletic Trainer - Master’s degree$44,707
Athletic Trainer - Public high school$47,822
Athletic Trainer - Collegiate$39,285
Athletic Trainer - Industrial/corporate$46,000
Athletic Trainer - Professional sports$54,000

Expected Growth

Overall employment of athletic trainers is expected to grow much faster than average, particularly in the clinical, industrial, and high school settings. The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates a growth of 21% in employment of athletic trainers from 2014-2024, which is faster than average. Projections from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development indicate that from 2012-2020, there will be an 18% increase in the number of athletic training jobs in the state of Wisconsin, and a 16% increase in the greater Milwaukee area (Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha and Washington counties). This exceeds the overall increase in healthcare practitioner positions (15%), indicating that athletic training continues as a strong area of growth in the healthcare professions.

Competition is expected for positions with collegiate or professional sports teams. These settings are expanding their services to physically active youth and adult populations. The demands for services will continue to expand beyond traditional “sport-related” roles to include exercise and re-conditioning, on-site occupational health, on-site injury prevention, and fitness and wellness. As our society continues to age and increase its focus on health and physical activity, the role of the athletic trainer is likely to increase proportionally. The athletic trainer is able to provide a diverse perspective in the prevention and treatment/rehabilitation of physical activities across our diverse and aging population.

Competition for well-trained professionals with recognized degrees in the field, relevant experience, and certifications beyond minimal requirements are likely to drive salaries and positions in this industry. According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, almost 70 percent of athletic trainers have a master’s degree or higher. Athletic trainers may need a master’s or higher degree to be eligible for some positions, especially those in colleges and universities, and to increase their advancement opportunities. Because some positions in high schools involve teaching along with athletic trainer responsibilities, a teaching certificate or license could be required.

Sources: NATA 2008 Salary Survey; U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics- Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-2017 edition.

Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree?

From the point of acceptance into the ATEP in January, it takes 3 ½ years to complete the program.

I have a lot of previous college credits already, can I complete the program in a shorter amount of time?

It depends on the nature of the courses already taken. Courses in kinesiology, the sciences, and general education courses are most applicable. Course equivalences are determined by the ATEP Director and UWM Enrollment Services. If a large number of credits are accepted as equivalent towards the BS-AT degree, the shortest duration to completing the coursework and clinical education requirements is 6 semesters.

I already have a bachelor’s degree, can I apply to the ATEP, and how long will it take to complete?

It depends on the nature of the previous degree. Degrees in Kinesiology or Exercise Sciences are most applicable. You would apply to the University as a second-degree student, and would then have to proceed through the ATEP Admissions process as any other student. If a large number of credits are accepted as equivalent towards the BS-AT degree, the shortest duration to completing the coursework and clinical education requirements is 6 semesters.

Can I maintain a job while completing the BS Athletic Training degree?

Yes, many students work part-time during the academic year. It is important to also consider the high academic load (15-18 credits per semester) as well as the clinical education experiences (about 12 hours per week) when considering employment. It is not advisable to have a full-time job while completing the ATEP.

Can I be a student-athlete and major in athletic training?

Yes, but is can be extremely difficult to manage the time demands of the sport and the classwork and clinical education. Student-athletes who are considering the athletic training as a major should discuss this with his/her coach and the ATEP Director.

I have already been accepted as an athletic training major at another institution. Can I transfer into the ATEP and UWM?

Due to the sequential and cumulative nature of the curriculum, transfer students must complete all of the Athletic Training Core courses at UWM. General education requirements, electives and professional core courses may be transferred in according to UWM guidelines. Acceptance of transfer credits is determined by the ATEP Director in consultation with the College of Health Sciences Associate Dean of Student Affairs, and Enrollment Services. Transfer students will need to complete the Application for Admission, and be considered for admission with the cohort of students each January.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff