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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 collaboration 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. 

If you're still exploring undergraduate programs, our 3+2 program option lets you earn both your bachelor’s degree in exercise science (pre-athletic training concentration) and master’s degree in athletic training in only five years. This accelerated format allows you to start your master's level coursework in your fourth year, saving you time and money and getting you into the field more quickly. 

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 collaboration with Mayo Clinic, as well as top-notch facilities and expert faculty, you will have access to one-of-a-kind opportunities that will enhance your knowledge and make you a standout job applicant.

Learn how you can find the real, hands-on learning experiences you're looking for in UWEC's athletic training graduate program.

Why complete my master of science in athletic training at UW-Eau Claire?

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 collaborations with organizations such as Mayo Clinic, 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. 

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. 

Quick facts

  • Program length: two years
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • Credits: 66
  • Cost: $454 per credit
  • Additional fees: $850 per year
  • Students will earn a Master of Science (MS) degree. 

Accreditation information

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has accredited this program since 2021. The program status is “Active in good Standing” and in compliance with all Standards.

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.

What can I do with a master of science in athletic training 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

In nearly every course you take in this program, 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. Curriculum ensures you will learn what the industry needs, including appropriate treatment practices and the latest techniques used in the field.

What classes do master of science in athletic training students take?

Your classes may cover topics like: 

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

Application information

Visit our graduate admissions page to see the application process, deadlines, and required materials.

Students applying as part of the 4+1 program only need to complete the ATCAS application.

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.

For more information, please contact: 

Dr. Robert Stow (Program Director)

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)

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.

Associated costs

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:

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:

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.

2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
Enrolled Students 10 8 9
Retention Rate (%) 100 80 100

Program BOC Pass Rate

2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023 3 Yr Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program 14 3 4 21

Number of students graduating from program who took examination

14 3 4 21

Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt

9 3 4 16

Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt

64 100 100 76

Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts

13 3 4 20

Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts

93 100 100 95

Program Graduation Rate

2020-2021 20201-2022 2022-2023 3 Yr Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program 14 3 4 21
Student completion rate (%) 88 43 80 75

Student Employment/Placement 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.

2020-2021 20201-2022 2022-2023 3 Yr Aggregate
Number of students Employed as AT 11 3 4 18
Student Employment/Placement Rate as AT (%) 79 100 100 86
Number of students employed as other 2 0 0 2

Student Employment/Placement Rate as other (%)

14 0 0 10

Number of students not employed

1 0 0 1

Student Not Employed Rate (%)

7 0 0 5

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