The pre-athletic training program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will set you up for a successful career and prepare you for entrance to a graduate program in athletic training, which is now required to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. Our innovative curriculum is based on experiential learning, real-life clinical experiences, and high-impact research opportunities.
UW-Eau Claire's pre-athletic training program will prepare you for graduate school through courses in anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, and biomechanics—just to name a few! Our leading-edge curriculum, student-focused faculty, and exploratory learning opportunities will empower you with the correct tools and guidance you need to reach your full potential.
Support your college journey with scholarships! The UW-Eau Claire Foundation provides many scholarships for incoming and current Blugolds. There are currently over thousands of dollars available to students pursuing a bachelor of science degree at UW-Eau Claire
Pre-athletic training scholarships
UW-Eau Claire offers many different scholarships to students for their success. It's one of our top priorities to create a compassionate environment that embraces differences and provides opportunities for everyone to thrive. An example of that is the Arnold & Lois Domer Scholarship. This scholarship offers $5,000 to a continuing sophomore, junior, or senior, from any major, whose performance exemplifies excellence. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. First preference will be given to a student who is in the first generation in his/her family to attend a university and who demonstrates financial need. It is our goal to help students feel empowered with the right tools they need to reach their full potential.
Learn more about what resources are available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Student support is one of our top priorities and we are here to help students and their families through the financial aid process. We strive to make the applications and payments as seamless as possible. Get in touch with our staff remotely or in-person through Blugold Central—our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. Our staff helps you learn how to pay for your education so you can get the most value out of your degree.
Learn more about the financial aid process at UW-Eau Claire.
Pre-athletic program details
Program length: Four years*
*Recently, the AT Strategic Alliance decided that the minimum professional degree needed to become a licensed athletic trainer is a master's in athletic training.
- Kinesiology Club
- Pre-Physical & Occupational Therapy Club
- Students for Health Adventure & Physical Education
Experiential learning and high-impact opportunities. At UW-Eau Claire, it is our top priority to provide real-life, high-impact learning opportunities. We want you to feel prepared as you take your next steps toward your career as a licensed athletic trainer. As part of the pre-athletic training program, you will get to participate in a wide variety of pre-professional experiences, including student-faculty research collaboration, mentoring and health promotion activities, attendance at professional meetings and workshops, just to name a few!
Innovative facilities and a supportive community. UW-Eau Claire's pre-athletic training program will provide you a transformative learning experience through state-of-the-art facilities. The McPhee/Olson Physical Education Center is an outstanding facility with six gymnasiums, including an indoor 200-meter track, a competition-size swimming pool, eight racquetball courts, a spacious weight training and fitness center, a sports medicine/ athletic training room, dance studio, a health promotion laboratory, and a computer laboratory. Outdoor facilities include a 400-meter track, tennis courts, and jogging and fitness trails.
As an athletic trainer, you will have the ability to work on the health care team for schools, athletic teams, hospitals, the military, industry and corporate health programs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers related to the field of athletic training are growing and athletic training jobs are projected to increase 22% through 2024.
- Licensed Athletic Trainer, Mayo Clinic; Eau Claire, Wisconsin
- Firefighter Paramedic & Athletic Trainer, St. Paul Fire Department; St. Paul, Minnesota
- Sports Therapist; München, Germany
- Athletic Trainer, Harlem Globetrotters; Harlem, New York
Athletic training careers
- Intercollegiate Athletics
- Performing Arts
- Law Enforcement and Military
- Emergency/Urgent Care Centers
- Sports Medicine Clinics
- Professional Sports
The Athletic Training program at UWEC allowed me to apply what I learned in the classroom to hands-on situations during my weekly clinical hours. My professors weren’t just educators; they were mentors, references, and supporters as well! The program has made me a confident healthcare professional for wherever my career takes me.
Our pre-athletic training program will set you up for success through courses that cover everything from strength & conditioning to general physics. If you decide to become a licensed athletic trainer you can earn your graduate degree in athletic training from UW-Eau Claire. The pass rate for the Board of Certification (BOC) was 100% for UW-Eau Claire's spring class of 2017.
Prerequisite courses for the athletic training graduate program
Liberal Education Core (36 credits)
Anatomy & Physiology with Lab (6 credits)
General Chemistry with Lab (3 credits)
General Psychology (3 credits)
General Physics (3 credits)
Biomechanics (3 credits)
Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
Statistics (3 credits)
Strength & Conditioning (3 credits)
Recommended Courses: Technical/Research Writing, Medical Terminology, Nutrition, Palpatory Anatomy, Motor Development, Sport Psychology.
View more in course UWEC catalog.
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