The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's pre-athletic training curriculum provides a pathway to graduate school for students interested in a career as an athletic trainer. Pre-athletic training is not a major at UW-Eau Claire, but rather a declaration of your intention to continue your education and enroll in graduate school.
The minimum professional degree needed to become a licensed athletic trainer is a master's in athletic training. Entry into a graduate-level athletic training program is typically based on a student’s academic record and other criteria set by particular programs. A specific major is not required to get into athletic training graduate programs, but many UWEC pre-athletic training students choose to major in exercise science or rehabilitation science. Minors in kinesiology or the science of coaching are also available.
Certain skills and experiences are also usually favored when applying for graduate school. For example, many graduate schools emphasize science aptitude and expect strong communication skills. Schools may also look for significant health-related and service experiences, such as internships or job shadowing. Our exceptional faculty and career advisors are aware of these requirements and ensure you gain the knowledge and experiences necessary for acceptance into graduate school.
The UW-Eau Claire Foundation provides many scholarships for incoming and current Blugolds, including those interested in becoming athletic trainers. Learn more about which scholarships and resources are available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Working to make your college 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 at Blugold Central — our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on your academics.
Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC.
Experiential learning. We want you to feel prepared as you take your next steps toward becoming a licensed athletic trainer. As part of the pre-athletic training curriculum, you will have the chance to participate in a variety of high-impact learning opportunities, including student-faculty research, mentoring, health promotion activities and professional development workshops.
Innovative facilities. Take your studies to the field — literally. The McPhee Physical Education Center is an outstanding facility with three regulation-sized hardwood courts, a competition-size swimming pool, a 30-foot climbing wall, a wresting room, an indoor 200-meter track, seven racquetball courts, a spacious weight training and fitness center, and group-exercise classrooms. Outdoor facilities include a 400-meter track, football field, tennis courts, and jogging and fitness trails.
Relevant student organizations. On-campus student organizations — like the Student Athletic Trainers Association — connect students like you who are also interested in becoming athletic trainers. These extracurriculars are an excellent way to gain professional experience. The group regularly covers athletic events and volunteers in the community.
Admission requirements and prerequisites differ depending on what graduate school you are considering, so it is important to check for specific requirements when applying. In general, students interested in becoming an athletic trainer should consider taking courses related to kinesiology.
Learn more about pre-athletic training in the UWEC course catalog.