To apply to the Accelerated BS Kinesiology/MS Athletic Training Program you must complete the University of Wisconsin System Online Application.
For detailed and up-to-date tuition and fee rates, visit the UWM Enrollment & Financial Services website. Be sure you are viewing the Graduate Fee Schedule for the appropriate semester.
UWM offers the following Tuition Reduction Programs for out-of-state residents:
UWM Fellowships & Awards
- Advanced Opportunity (AOP) Fellowship
- Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship (DDF)
- Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship (DGSF)
- Chancellor’s Graduate Student Award (CGSA)
MSAT Program Specific CGSA Requirements
- Graduate Student Travel Award
UWM & CHS Scholarships
Complete the FAFSA then go to the UWM Panther Scholarship Portal. Sign in using your PAWS credentials and complete the General Application and the CHS application. You may save your work and return to the portal at a later time.
You will then see a list of scholarships that you may apply to. Review each scholarship and click the “apply” button to any/all that you qualify for. If the scholarship requires additional information (and the application is open), you will click the “apply” button and can choose to answer the supplemental question(s) or not.
Check your UWM email for your application status. Additional information can be found at uwm.edu/scholarships.
State & National Scholarships/Awards
- Wisconsin Athletic Trainers’ Association scholarships
- Great Lakes Athletic Trainer’s Association awards
- National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) Research and Education Foundation scholarships
With the accelerated BS Kinesiology/MS Athletic Training you will complete three years as an undergraduate student, then begin the MS Athletic Training program as a graduate student. At the end of your fourth year (your first year in MSAT), your BS Kinesiology degree will be granted. After year two as a graduate student, you will earn your MS Athletic Training degree.
To become an athletic trainer you 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. The UWM Master of Science in Athletic Training is a graduate level professional program that prepares students to become credentialed Athletic Trainers.
Learn more about athletic training at the National Athletic Trainer’s Association website.
The Master of Science in Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). UWM received initial accreditation in 2003 for the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program, and was approved for degree change in December 2016. In Fall of 2017 the program completed a comprehensive accreditation review, and was reaccredited for the maximum 10 year period. The next comprehensive review will occur in the 2027-2028 academic year.
Mission, Goals & ObjectivesMission, 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
- 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.
You will be admitted to the College of Health Sciences as “accelerated BS Kinesiology/MS Athletic Training Intended” majors.
Advancement to Junior standing
To be permitted to enroll in undergraduate courses at the graduate level of work during the junior year with the intention of forward counting them toward the master’s degree later, you must meet the following criteria:
- Have a UWM cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
- Completion of all General Education Requirements (GERs).
- Complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better or be in progress at the time of application submission:
- PSYCH 101 Introduction to Psychology
- BIO SCI 150 Foundations of Biological Science
- BIO SCI 202: Anatomy & Physiology I
- BIO SCI 203: Anatomy & Physiology II
- CHEM 100: Chemical Science
- KIN 270: Statistics in the Health Professions
- PHYSICS 120: General Physics I
- PHYSICS 121: General Physics I Lab
If you do not meet these criteria in the junior year you may apply to the BS Kinesiology major by satisfactorily meeting the admissions criteria.
Professional Phase Admission
Admission to the UWM Graduate School and the professional phase of the MS Athletic Training program is selective and occurs during February-March of the junior year. In order to be considered for admission to the professional phase of the accelerated program you must meet the following requirements:
- Write an essay explaining your interest in the athletic training profession.
- Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
- Complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better, or be in progress at the time of application submission:
- KIN 320 Biomechanics
- KIN 330 Exercise Physiology
- NUTR 325 Nutrition for Health Professions
- Completion of 20 hours of observation of athletic training practice with a certified athletic trainer within 12 months of application submission. This requirement can be met in the KIN 212 Fieldwork in Athletic Training course.
- Two letters of recommendation attesting to your maturity and suitability for graduate education in a health profession. One letter must be an academic reference, the other letter must be from the athletic trainer with whom you completed the majority of your observation hours.
- Completion of an interview with the MS Athletic Training Admissions Committee.
If you are not selected for the accelerated MS Athletic Training professional phase you will be accepted into the BS Kinesiology major provided you meet the admissions criteria listed above. After completion of the junior year of coursework in the accelerated program, you will only need 28 additional credits for the BS Kinesiology degree. The two undergraduate courses taken in the junior year (KIN 550, 551) will count toward these 26 credits. Only 2 additional semesters of study as a full-time student will be needed to complete the BS Kinesiology degree.
Meet With Your AdvisorMeet With Your Advisor
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?
Undergraduate students who have declared an intent to pursue the accelerated BS Kinesiology/MS Athletic Training are advised by Torry Rufer, the BS Kinesiology Academic Advisor. Contact Torry at 414-229-2758 or email@example.com.
Graduate students applying to and admitted by the UWM Graduate School as part of the accelerated BS Kinesiology/MS Athletic Training are advised by Jennifer Earl-Boehm, the Athletic Training Program Director. Contact Jennifer Earl-Boehm at 414-229-3227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
* Prerequisite courses for the MS Athletic Training program
** Graduate credit taken as undergrad, forward counting = 6
*** Graduate credit taken as grad, backward counting = 28
Fall 1 (Undergraduate)
|BIO SCI 202: Anatomy & Physiology I*||4|
|KIN 200: Introduction to Kinesiology||3|
|PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology*||3|
|ENGLISH 102: College Writing and Research||3|
|MATH 105: Introduction to College Algebra||3|
Spring 1 (Undergraduate)
|BIO SCI 203: Anatomy & Physiology II*||4|
|COMMUN 103: Public Speaking||3|
|OCCTHPY 245: Client Diversity in Health Sciences||3|
Fall 2 (Undergraduate)
|CHEM 100: Chemical Science*||4|
|KIN 270: Statistics in the Health Professions*||3|
|NUTR 235: Introduction to Nutrition for the Health Professions*||3|
|SOCIOL 101: Introduction to Sociology||3|
Spring 2 (Undergraduate)
|PHYSICS 120: General Physics I*||4|
|PHYSICS 121: General Physics I Lab*||1|
|ENGLISH 207: Health Science Writing||3|
|BIO SCI 150: Foundations of Biological Sciences I||4|
|KIN 350: Psychological Aspects of Sport and Exercise||3|
Fall 3 (Undergraduate)
|KIN 212: Fieldwork in Athletic Training||3|
|KIN 320: Biomechanics*||3|
|KIN 360: Motor Development Across the Lifespan*||3|
|KIN 550: Psychological Aspects of Human Movement**||3|
Spring 3 (Undergraduate)
|KIN 330: Exercise Physiology*||4|
|KIN 351: Sociological Aspects of Health and Human Movement||3|
|KIN 361: Principles of Motor Learning*||3|
|KIN 551: Psychology of Injury/Illness/Disease: Implications/Strategies for Rehab**||3|
Advancement to UWM Graduate School and professional phase.
BS Kinesiology core class “KIN 400 Ethics and Values” content will be covered in the combination of PRPP 701, 702, and 703 and backward counted to fulfill the core course requirement.
Summer 3 (Graduate)
|PRPP 701: Introduction to Clinical Education and Professional Development***||1|
|PRPP 710: Prevention & Care of Emergent Medical Conditions in Athletic Training***||4|
|PRPP 725: Gross Anatomical Kinesiology***||3|
|PFPP 785: Clinical Education in Athletic Training I***||1|
Fall 4 (Graduate)
|PRPP 521: Pathoetiology of Tissue Injury***||3|
|PRPP 702: Ethics in Healthcare***||1|
|PRPP 703: Foundations of Interprofessional Practice***||1|
|PRPP 747: Clinical Exam and Diagnosis of the Lower Extremity in Athletic Training***||3|
|PRPP 757: Foundations of Therapeutic Interventions in Athletic Training***||3|
|PRPP 786: Clinical Education in Athletic Training II***||2|
Spring 4 (Graduate)
|PRPP 705: Foundations of Clinical Research||3|
|PRPP 748: Clinical Exam and Diagnosis of the Head and Spine in Athletic Training***||3|
|PRPP 753: Medical Physiology II***||3|
|PRPP 758: Physical Agents||2|
|PRPP 787: Clinical Education in Athletic Training III||2|
Summer 4 (Graduate)
|PRPP 708: Clinical Gait Analysis||3|
|PRPP 749: Clinical Exam and Diagnosis of Upper Extremity in Athletic Training||3|
|PRPP 759: Therapeutic Intervention for the Upper Extremity||2|
|PRPP 788: Clinical Education in Athletic Training IV||3|
Fall 5 (Graduate)
|PRPP 704: Professionalism and Leadership in Healthcare||1|
|PRPP 883: Capstone Clinical Education in Athletic Training||4|
Spring 5 (Graduate)
|PRPP 744: Healthcare Systems and Administration||3|
|PRPP 883: Capstone Clinical Education in Athletic Training||4|
Get InvolvedGet Involved
Kinesiology Undergraduate Student Organization
The Kinesiology Undergraduate Student Organization (KUSO) is a student organization for those either intending to be or already in any of the Kinesiology undergraduate programs. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for Kinesiology students to connect with each other; get exposure to and learn from professionals in the field; participate in community and university service; and enrich the undergraduate experience.
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.
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 uwm.edu/community/students
Clinical EducationClinical Education
Formal Clinical Education
The purpose of 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 has training as a clinical education preceptor. Students commit an average of 12 hours per week to clinical education. Students will begin the clinical education placements during their first semester, and will continue these for each semester of the program. The final two semesters will include a capstone clinical education placement. Clinical placements are guided by concurrent coursework, type of practice setting (i.e., collegiate, high school, clinical, professional sports, industrial), injury risk level, and sociodemographic factors (i.e., gender, age, urban/suburban/rural). All clinical education experiences will be strategically mapped to ensure that each student is exposed to as many of the above factors as possible.
Clinical education assignments are coordinated by the Clinical Education Coordinator 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 program 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.
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 Clinical Education Coordinator 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 mass participation sporting events, such as marathons, 5K races, triathlons, rugby tournaments, etc.
Students must have a criminal background check completed prior to beginning the program. Consistent with Wisconsin’s Caregiver Law, individuals with certain convictions may be disqualified from working in hospitals and other health care or care facilities. Such individuals may also be denied national certification and licensure. More information about the Caregiver Background Law is available at dhs.wisconsin.gov/caregiver.
If you have a criminal conviction in your background it may affect your ability to work in certain facilities or obtain certification and licensure. The inability to be placed in facilities may affect your completion of clinical education requirements and thus degree completion. In addition, the existence of disqualifying convictions under the Caregiver Background Law may also affect your eligibility for certification and licensure, and/or your ability to gain employment in this field. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Program Director if an event occurs while in the program that may change the results of the criminal background check. You should contact the Program Director as soon as possible to discuss whether you should apply to the program or consider alternative programs.
You will need to use the Castle Branch website to initiate your background check. The cost of completing this check will be $53.00, which you are responsible for paying. See instructions for completing this process.
Use UWM’s Graduation website to review campus-wide graduation requirements, graduation application deadlines, applying for graduation, and ordering your cap and gown.
Certification & LicensureCertification & 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 OutlookEmployment 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 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual income of athletic trainers in Wisconsin is $49,310, compared to the national average income of $47,510. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) provides estimates of salary by experience level, education, and job setting based on a membership survey conducted every two years. The 2018 NATA Salary Survey indicates a national average salary of $57,203.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.
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.
Professional OrganizationsProfessional Organizations
- National Athletic Trainers’ Association
- Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association
- Wisconsin Athletic Trainers’ Association
- Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer
- Canadian Athletic Therapists Association
- Japan Athletic Trainers’ Association
- Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers’ Society
- American College of Sports Medicine
- National Strength and Conditioning Association
- Sport Science Research
- American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
- American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine
- Gatorade Sports Science Institute
- Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science
- National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE)
- NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sport