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Explore the athletic training graduate program at UW-Eau Claire

Prepare for your career as an athletic trainer with a master's degree in athletic training from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. 

Our rigorous program will give you the education and experience needed to pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam and become a highly educated, versatile healthcare professional. Interactive coursework, relevant clinical experiences and career-focused research opportunities will provide you with the skills to assist patients of all types in injury prevention, injury management and rehabilitation. Learn how to triage patients, activate emergency action plans, communicate with a broad range of people and become a comprehensive healthcare provider in an ever-changing environment.

In addition to clinical experience, you'll also have the opportunity to receive professional mentorship from preceptors. As part of a complete health team, you'll have clinical education experiences with a certified athletic trainer and a licensed physician, monitoring and assisting athletes competing in a variety of sports. A strong, collaborative partnership with Mayo Clinic for patient care, impactful research and interprofessional practice — as well as other schools, universities and minor league teams in the area — open even more doors to unique internships, experiences and networks. 

Whether your goal is to be working on the sidelines of a professional team or managing patients in a clinical setting, our program is designed to equip you with the experience and knowledge necessary to enter the career force confidently.

Experiential, clinical education and so much more

The athletic training graduate program at UWEC takes your education a step further. With our unique partnership with Mayo Clinic, as well as top-notch facilities and expert faculty, you will have access to one-of-a-kind opportunities that will not only enhance your knowledge, but will make you a standout applicant when searching for jobs.

Learn more about how students experience the different aspects of working as an athletic trainer long before graduation and how you can find the perfect fit in our graduate program.

Graduate scholarships, assistantships, fellowships and grants

There are a number of scholarships, assistantships, fellowships and grants available to our graduate students. Learn more about which resources are available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

Working to make your education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible. To get this process started, please contact our staff in Blugold Central — our one-stop shop for tuition and financial aid. 

Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC.

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Quick facts

  • Program length: two years
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • Credits: 66
  • Cost: $521 per credit
  • Additional fees: $750 per semester

Accreditation information

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is currently seeking accreditation for their new Master’s in Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on Oct. 1, 2020. Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students who graduate from the program prior to accreditation WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.

Licensure information

The U.S. 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 

Athletic training master's degree program highlights

Big-time facilities, small class sizes. Numerous clinical facilities and athletic teams at UWEC allow you to graduate as a well-rounded and informed athletic trainer. But class sizes throughout your program stay small, keeping your education personal and individualized. Here, our expert faculty will know your name and will work closely with you to reach your goals.

Personalized mentorship. Working directly with an athletic trainer on campus, you'll help athletes from a variety of sports — from football to hockey to swimming to soccer — and gain firsthand experience in real-world settings. 

Professional experience. Our program's strong partnerships with organizations such as Mayo Clinic Health System, Eau Claire Express, and area universities and high schools will give you the opportunity to work in a variety of settings and gain invaluable experience outside the classroom. Your clinical experience may even take you out of state as you see what a day in the life of an athletic trainer is like. 

Interprofessional curriculum. Curriculum within our athletic training master's degree program includes an interprofessional education component, meaning you'll learn with and from other healthcare providers in a variety of fields. You may work alongside social workers, paramedics, nurses, and communication sciences and disorders professionals, as you solve real-world problems. 

Convenient resources. The kinesiology digital library houses a collection of images, strength training videos, general movement videos and vodcasts to help you better understand human movement and injury. 

Endless career possibilities. As a licensed athletic trainer, you'll quickly find endless career paths are available to you. You may cover sports teams for a small high school, monitor a professional sports team, assist the military, work with pediatric and youth athletes, help performers in the arts, or find employment in sports medicine clinics, orthopedic clinics or hospitals. Your degree can truly take you wherever you'd like to go. 

What jobs can you get with an athletic training master's degree from UWEC?

After completing your master's degree at UWEC, you will be eligible to sit for the national Board of Certification (BOC) exam and become a licensed healthcare provider in the state where you choose to practice. From there, your career path may take you in one of four directions: entering the field as an athletic trainer, attending physical therapy school, pursuing additional graduate degrees or entering a residency program.

If you choose to work as an athletic trainer, you have more options than ever when it comes to work settings. Athletic trainers can be found covering colleges and high schools, but may also work in the military or staff organizations such as hospitals, performing arts organizations, NASCAR, rodeos and sports medicine clinics. Those who wish to pursue additional graduate degrees may find work as a biomechanist or a career in exercise physiology. Residency programs are also available to graduates and can enable you to work in exciting fields like pediatric orthopedics. 

All of these incredible paths begin right here at UW-Eau Claire with a master's degree in athletic training. 

Athletic training master's degree curriculum

Our graduate program is designed to prepare you for your career as an athletic trainer. In nearly every course you take, you will find opportunities for firsthand, experiential learning that takes you out of your seat and into the field — literally. Courses are interactive and provide the chance to work in small groups and to practice tests and procedures similar to what will be used with future patients. Program curriculum is aligned with accreditation standards, ensuring you are learning what the industry needs, including appropriate treatment practices and the latest techniques used in the field.

Classes include:

Learn more about the athletic training graduate program in the UWEC course catalog

Application information

To enroll in our master's in athletic training program, please fill out the UW System application and pay the $56 application fee. You will also need to complete the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS) application. For the ATCAS application, you will need to create an account and select UW-Eau Claire as the institution, as well as pay the $85 application fee.

You will also need to submit the following items: 

These items should be sent to:

UW-Eau Claire Graduate Admissions 
Schofield 111 
105 Garfield Ave. 
Eau Claire, WI 54701 

Or emailed directly to admissions@uwec.edu.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission, an applicant must have:

  1. An overall GPA of 3.0 at application with a BS/BA degree from a regionally accredited university, completed prior to matriculating into the program.
  2. The following courses must be completed with a letter grade of C or better, earned and documented on official transcripts prior to matriculating into the program:

International students must meet the English Language Test score requirements as listed on the Admissions-Graduate Student webpage.

Please note:

The application does not constitute acceptance into the program nor is acceptance guaranteed simply upon satisfactory completion of requirements. Admission requirements are weighted. Weighted criteria include overall GPA (35%), Anatomy/Physiology Grades (15%), GPA from Prerequisites (20%), evaluation of letter of recommendation (15%), and interview scores (15%). Exceptions to the requirements can be made on a recommendation by the M.S. in Athletic Training Application Committee.

The M.S. in athletic training application is a competitive process. A committee reviews completed graduate applications and selects applicants to interview. The committee will set up a time with the student to complete the interview process (video conference or in person). The committee will forward their recommendations regarding acceptance into the M.S. in athletic training program to the Dean of Graduate Studies. All UW-Eau Claire Graduate Studies policies will be followed accordingly.

Students who opt to transfer into this program must meet all UW-Eau Claire Graduate Studies and program requirements. The athletic training admissions committee will review all official transcripts to determine transfer eligibility of previous coursework.

Additional information

All students who 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 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 98% (some alumni have chosen not to take the exam), but also in the 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 a variety of athletic training practice settings, including high schools, colleges and universities, professional athletic programs, hospitals, medical offices, performing arts settings and the military. You may review our program's BOC pass rates, along with all others (of varying institution types, 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: https://caate.net/program-outcomes/#Pass-Rate.

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.

2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 3-yr aggregate
Number of students beginning program (cohort number; Sophomores) 20 19 18 57
Number of students returning for subsequent year 2 (Juniors) 20 16 15 51
Program retention rate (%) 100% 84% 83% 89%
Number of students returning for subsequent year 3 (Seniors) 20 14 12 46
Program retention rate (%) 100% 74% 66.7% 81%

Student BOC pass rate

2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 3-yr aggregate
# of graduates 17 20 14 12 46
% completion (retention rate) 89% 100% 78% 75% 85%

# grads to take BOC exam

17 20 14 12 46
# students to pass BOC on 1st attempt 17 14 12 11 37
% pass rate for BOC exam, first attempt 100% 70% 86% 91.7% 80%
National average of students who passed on 1st attempt 83.6% 80.7% 73.2% 77.6% --
Number of students to pass BOC, any number of attempts 17 20 13 11 44
% pass rate, any # of attempts 100% 100% 93% 91.7%

96%

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

Student graduation rate

Graduation rate (from U.S. 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 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 3-yr aggregate
# of students graduating from program 17 20 14 12 46
Student graduation rate (%) 89% 100% 78% 75% 85%

Student employment rate

Graduate employment/placement rate: Percentage of students within six months of graduation who have obtained positions in the following categories: employed as an athletic trainer, employed as "other" or not employed.

2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 3-yr aggregate
Number of students Employed as AT 16 18 12 10 40
Student Employment Rate as AT (%) 94% 90% 86% 83% 87%
Number of students employed as other 0 1 2 0 3
Student Employment Rate as other (%) 0 5 14 0 7
Number of students not employed 1 1 0 2 3
Student Not Employed Rate (%) 6% 5% 0% 17% 7%

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