With the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) accelerated BS Kinesiology/MS Athletic Training Program, you will complete three years as an undergraduate student, then begin the MS Athletic Training (MSAT) 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 program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education , and pass the national Board of Certification exam. The UWM MS Athletic Training Program is a graduate level professional program that prepares you to become a credentialed Athletic Trainer.


To apply to the Accelerated BS Kinesiology/MS Athletic Training Program you must first apply to UWM. On your application select “Accelerated BS Kinesiology/MS Athletic Training” as your intended area of study. You will be classified as “Accelerated BS Kinesiology/MS Athletic Training-Intended” upon admission to the University.



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UWM Fellowships & Awards

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. Additional information can be found at uwm.edu/scholarships .

State & National Scholarships/Awards

UWM Emergency Grant

The UWM Emergency Grant is funded by several private contributions and is available to students when they have unforeseen circumstances that may negatively influence their academic success. You can be awarded up to $1,000 for non-academic expenses (e.g., car repairs, medical bills, rent, utilities, child care, food, etc.). Learn more at uwm.edu/emergencygrant .





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.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has been placed on Probation as of February 11, 2020, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The reason for the probation action was non-compliance with Standard 11, first time passing rate on the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam, and reflects data from the suspended Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program. Please refer to the MS Athletic Training Program Outcomes page for current BOC outcomes data for the MS Athletic Training program.

Mission, Core Principles, Goals & Objectives

Mission, Core Principles, Goals & Objectives


Working in a diverse metropolitan setting, we provide integrated learning, individualized clinical experiences, and research opportunities to develop a comprehensively prepared athletic trainer.

Core Principles

  • Innovation: in teaching, research, and clinical practice
  • Curiosity: through growth mindset and life-long learning
  • Collaboration: in working together towards something bigger
  • Integrity: in everything we do
  • Total wellbeing: of our faculty, staff, students, and the people we serve
  • Evidence-based: an empirical, experiential, and patient centered approach

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 interprofessional health care 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 interprofessional 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.



Freshman Admission

To apply to the Accelerated BS Kinesiology/MS Athletic Training Program you must first apply to UWM. On your application select “Accelerated BS Kinesiology/MS Athletic Training” as your intended area of study. You will be classified as “Accelerated BS Kinesiology/MS Athletic Training-Intended” upon admission to the University.

Advancement to Junior standing

To be permitted to enroll in undergraduate courses at the graduate level during your junior year with the intention of forward counting them toward the master’s degree, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have a minimum UWM cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.
  2. Completion of all General Education Requirements (GERs).
  3. Completion of 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:

  1. Write an essay explaining your interest in the athletic training profession.
  2. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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. 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.



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 tjrufer@uwm.edu.

Graduate students applying to and admitted by the UWM Graduate School as part of the accelerated BS Kinesiology/MS Athletic Training are advised by the Athletic Training Program Director, Jennifer Earl-BoehmContact Jennifer Earl-Boehm at 414-229-3227 or jearl@uwm.edu.

When should I meet with my advisor?

You are encouraged to meet with your 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.

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

How can my advisor help me?

The College of Health Sciences 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 Kinesiology3
PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology*3
ENGLISH 102: College Writing and Research3
MATH 105: Introduction to College Algebra3
Total Credits16

Spring 1 (Undergraduate)

BIO SCI 203: Anatomy & Physiology II*4
COMMUN 103: Public Speaking3
OCCTHPY 245: Client Diversity in Health Sciences3
SPT&REC: 110-1921
Total Credits14

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 Sociology3
Total Credits16

Spring 2 (Undergraduate)

PHYSICS 120: General Physics I*4
PHYSICS 121: General Physics I Lab*1
ENGLISH 207: Health Science Writing3
BIO SCI 150: Foundations of Biological Sciences I4
KIN 350: Psychological Aspects of Sport and Exercise3
SPT&REC 292-2981
Total Credits16

Fall 3 (Undergraduate)

KIN 212: Fieldwork in Athletic Training3
KIN 320: Biomechanics*3
KIN 360: Motor Development Across the Lifespan*3
KIN 550: Psychological Aspects of Human Movement**3
Elective course(s)3
Total Credits15

Spring 3 (Undergraduate)

KIN 330: Exercise Physiology*4
KIN 351: Sociological Aspects of Health and Human Movement3
KIN 361: Principles of Motor Learning*3
KIN 551: Psychology of Injury/Illness/Disease: Implications/Strategies for Rehab**3
Elective course(s)2
Total Credits15

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
Total Credits9

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
Total Credits13

Spring 4 (Graduate)

PRPP 705: Foundations of Clinical Research3
PRPP 748: Clinical Exam and Diagnosis of the Head and Spine in Athletic Training***3
PRPP 753: Medical Physiology II***3
PRPP 758: Physical Agents2
PRPP 787: Clinical Education in Athletic Training III2
Total Credits13

Summer 4 (Graduate)

PRPP 708: Clinical Gait Analysis3
PRPP 749: Clinical Exam and Diagnosis of Upper Extremity in Athletic Training3
PRPP 759: Therapeutic Intervention for the Upper Extremity2
PRPP 788: Clinical Education in Athletic Training IV3
Elective course3
Total Credits14

Fall 5 (Graduate)

PRPP 704: Professionalism and Leadership in Healthcare1
PRPP 883: Capstone Clinical Education in Athletic Training4
Total Credits5

Spring 5 (Graduate)

PRPP 744: Healthcare Systems and Administration3
PRPP 883: Capstone Clinical Education in Athletic Training4
Total Credits7

Get Involved

Get 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.


Laura J. Rooney, PhD, MS, Faculty Advisor
Clinical Associate Professor, BS Kinesiology Internship Coordinator

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 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, PhD, ATC, FNATA, Faculty Advisor
Associate Professor, Athletic Training Education Program Director

Volunteer Service

The UWM Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research provides the campus with different opportunities to volunteer throughout the city and beyond. There are opportunities to make a real difference 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 at uwm.edu/community/students .

Clinical Education

Clinical Education

Formal Clinical Education

The purpose of clinical education experiences is to provide you with the opportunity to practice and refine your clinical and decision making skills in the context of direct patient care. During the clinical placement, you are supervised by a licensed athletic trainer who has training as a clinical education preceptor. You will commit an average of 12 hours per week to clinical education. You begin clinical education placements during your first semester and will continue for each semester of the program. The final two semesters 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 are strategically mapped to ensure that you are exposed to as many of the above factors as possible.

Clinical education assignments are coordinated by the Director of Clinical Education and are based upon your class and/or work schedule adn your clinical education goals. This allows the program to accommodate individual student-needs while ensuring each student participates in appropriate, yet diverse 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 your education. These supplemental experiences are organized by the Director of Clinical Education and disseminated to you through email 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.

Background Check

You must have a criminal background check completed prior to beginning the program. Consistent with Wisconsin’s Caregiver Law , those with certain convictions may be disqualified from working in hospitals and other health care facilities and may also be denied national certification and licensure.

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 Wisconsin’s Caregiver Law may also affect your eligibility for certification and licensure, and/or your ability to gain employment in this field. It is your 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 will need to use Castle Branch 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 your background check (PDF).

Certification & Licensure

Certification & Licensure

To become a Certified Athletic Trainer, you must successfully pass the national athletic training Board of Certification Examination. You are eligible to take the exam 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 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual income of athletic trainers in Wisconsin is $50,180, compared to the national average income of $48,440. 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 (PDF) indicates a national average salary of $57,203.

Expected Growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics , employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 16 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Projections from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development indicate that from 2020-2028, there will be an 10% increase in the number of athletic training jobs in the state of Wisconsin, and a 9% increase in the greater Milwaukee area (Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha and Washington counties). This exceeds the overall increase in healthcare practitioner positions (5%), 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: 2018 NATA Salary Survey (PDF); Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Athletic Trainers .

Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations