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Athletic Training

Trained to do it all

The athletic training program at UW-Eau Claire prepares you to take the Board of Certification (BOC) exam and become a highly educated health care professional. This practical curriculum is based on hands-on classroom activity, relevant clinical experiences and career-focused research opportunities. This provides you the skills to assist patients of all types in injury prevention, management and rehabilitation. The versatile education you receive ensures you’ll be a valuable contributor in a variety of work settings, while working with a broad range of health professionals.


Seal for athletic training accreditation

The Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE); we received the highest accreditation standard in 2020 and will undergo our next review in 2029-30. All students that graduate from the ATP and meet the criteria established by CAATE will qualify to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) national certification examination. Successful completion of the BOC certification examination allows the individual to become a Certified Athletic Trainer and eligible for state licensure. “Currently, 49 states and the District of Columbia regulate the practice of athletic training. Individuals must be legally recognized by the appropriate state regulatory agency prior to practicing athletic training. The BOC exam is recognized by all Athletic Trainer state regulatory agencies to meet their exam requirement. Compliance with state regulatory requirements is mandatory and the only avenue to legal athletic training practice.” (BOC, 2020)

Program Outcomes

The athletic training program at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire (UWEC) has been highly successful since its inception in 1970. The program has shown a high success rate not only on the Board of Certification (BOC) examination (required exam for state licensure) and an overall pass rate of 90% (some alumni have chosen not to take the exam), including over 94% placement rate (within six months of graduation). All program alumni who seek either employment or graduate school following their undergraduate education at UWEC find it. Our graduates are or have been employed in all athletic training practice settings from high schools to clinics, from collegiate to professional, from hospital to physician offices, performing arts, and military. You may review our program BOC pass rates, as well as all others (of varying institution types, varying number of students taking the BOC exam from each institution, and by region) in the country by visiting our accrediting agency’s program outcomes page: 

Licensure Information

The United States Department of Education requires institutions to disclose information for programs leading to professional certification or licensure about whether each program meets state educational requirements for initial licensure or certification.  

The requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia.

The requirements of this program do not meet licensure in the following states: N/A

It has not been determined whether the requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: N/A 

Program Retention Rate

This measures the percentage of students who have enrolled in our professional program and who have returned to continue their studies in the Athletic Training Program the following academic year. The undergraduate AT program is no longer accepting students as we transition to the graduate (Masters) level.

2018-2019 2019-2020
2020-2021 3-yr aggregate
Number of students beginning program (cohort number; Sophomores) 17 10 0 27
Number of students returning for subsequent year 2 (Juniors) 12 14 6 32
Program retention rate (%) 66.7% 82.3% 60% 84.4%
Number of students returning for subsequent year 3 (Seniors) 14 12 12 38
Program retention rate (%) 93.3% 100% 85.7% 84.2%


Student BOC Pass Rate

  2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 3-yr aggregate
# of graduates 20 14 12 12 38
% completion (retention rate) 100% 73.6% 66.7% 82.4% 74.1%

# grads to take BOC exam

20 14 12 12 38
# students to pass BOC on 1st attempt 14 12 11 7 30
% pass rate for BOC exam, first attempt 70% 86% 92% 58% 79%
National average of students who passed on 1st attempt 80.7% 73.2% 77.6% 61.7% --
Number of students to pass BOC, any number of attempts 20 13 11 10 34
% pass rate, any # of attempts 100% 93% 92% 83%


 Note: Programs must meet or exceed a three-year aggregate of 70% first-time pass rate on BOC exam.

Student Graduation Rate

Graduation rate (taken from United States Department of Education): Measures the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate seeking students by showing the percentage of these students who complete their degree or certificate within a 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

  2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 3-yr aggregate
# of students graduating from program 20 14 12 12 38
Student graduation rate (%) 100% 78% 75% 75% 76%

Student Employment Rate

Graduate employment/placement rate: Percentage of students within 6-months of graduation that have obtained positions in the following categories: employed as an athletic trainer, employed as other, and not employed.

  2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 3-yr aggregate
Number of students Employed as AT 18 12 10 9 31
Student Employment Rate as AT (%) 90% 86% 83% 75% 82%
Number of students employed as other 1 2 0 2 4
Student Employment Rate as other (%) 5 14 0 17 11
Number of students not employed 1 0 2 1 3
Student Not Employed Rate (%) 5% 0% 17% 8% 8%


Athletic Training major 

61 credits, no minor required

This major prepares you to become a certified athletic trainer and a highly educated healthcare professional. You’ll specialize in educating patients and preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. Furthermore, you’ll learn to be part of a complete health team, working under the direction of a licensed physician with other health professionals. 

Change your major

To change your major to athletic training, please contact the department of kinesiology using the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Transfer students

Transfer students must meet all application requirements prior to application to the program. KINS 204 “Introduction to Athletic Training” must be taken on-campus. Those students transferring from another institution with an accredited (CAATE) athletic training program and have taken an equivalent course, may petition the selection committee to accept the course. Transfer students who are interested in the athletic training major should inform the Admission Office upon application for admission to the University and contact the athletic training program director.

Special fall admission policy

For first time applicants only, that meet all of the stated admission criteria, may apply by November 1st for admission to the athletic training major. This application period is intended for students that enroll during the spring semester or transfer from another accredited athletic training program. Enrollment will be limited to the number of clinical positions available. Applicants that are considered during the special fall admission period and are not accepted at that time will be considered again during the spring application period. 

Student transportation

Students in the athletic training program must provide their own transportation to and from clinical experiences. Some clinical experiences may require travel to other communities.

Financial Aid

The University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire’s Athletic Training Program offers no financial aid to any student. Students needing financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office for assistance

Prospective undergraduate students can find information about tuition & fees for the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire at

Along with the tuition and fees, students accepted into the ATP bear all costs associated with admission, didactic, and clinical experiences. These associated expenses may include, but are not limited to:

  •  Physical examination and up-to-date immunizations
    • Physical exams can be performed at UWEC’s Health Clinic at no cost to the student. Standard immunizations, tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap), measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), and hepatitis B, are also available with minimal to no cost. Flu and meningitis immunizations are given ‘at cost’. UWEC Health Services does not third-party bill (submit fees to insurance companies). If your health insurance covers immunization including the meningitis immunization through your primary care provider, that route may be more cost-effective.
  • Adult/Child CPR/AED and First Aid (American Red Cross) or its equivalent is required for application to the ATEP. Certification is available on campus for a fee of $45.
  • National Athletic Trainers’ Association membership (once admitted to professional program).
    • $80.00 (2018 dues structure); may be done online at
  •  Daily travel to/from campus to your clinical site
    • Clinical sites average from 1-26 miles one way from campus. When possible, students are encouraged to pair up with other clinical students placed at the same clinical site to travel and reduce expenses.
    • Travel to/from physicians’ offices for orthopedic exams or to observe surgical procedures
  •  Uniform staff shirts (if necessary)
    • Approx. $50-$75 each; while on clinical rotation, all UWEC Athletic Training Program students are expected to display professionalism not only through behavior, but especially through attire (i.e., polo shirts; collared shirts; khaki pants; appropriate length khaki shorts; chinos; etc). Some clinical sites may provide clinical students with staff attire, while others may ask students to purchase attire.
  •  Background checks will be ‘at cost’ and will be determined by the College of Education and Human Sciences
  •  Textbooks: We are a textbook rental campus, thus the cost for textbooks is minimal with some required purchases (cost varies).
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