Kinesiology: B.S. Athletic Training

Program Overview


Welcome to the Athletic Training Education Program!

CHS Athletic training student helps stretch the leg muscles of a UWM Women's Basketball player before a big game.

Athletic training is a health care profession, practiced by athletic trainers who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training includes the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. To become an athletic trainer one must earn a degree in Athletic Training from a college or university with an education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), and pass the national Board of Certification exam. The UWM ATEP received initial accreditation in 2003, and is currently in active status with the CAATE. The program will undergo re-accreditation review in 2017-2018.

To learn more about athletic training, visit the National Athletic Trainer's Association website.

UWM Athletic Training Education Program Highlights

Athletic training education at UWM

The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is part of the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Health Sciences. Upon completing the 130 credit major, students earn a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree, and are eligible to sit for the national Board of Certification examination.

The ATEP provides students with a diversified education that includes a solid and rigorous curriculum as well as a variety of clinical education experiences that prepare them to enter the profession of athletic training. The program begins with foundational coursework in the natural and human movement sciences, and is followed by formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Traditional classroom learning is enhanced by hands-on clinical education experiences that begin during the freshman year.

The program blends didactic (classroom) learning with opportunities to apply such knowledge and clinical skills in a practical athletic training environment under the guidance of an Athletic Trainer. These clinical education experiences take place in multiple settings including Division I, II, and III collegiate athletics, high schools, clinics and physician offices, professional teams, and a variety of others. Students gain experience working with patients and clients who are diverse in age, ability, and sociocultural background.

Graduation data, successful completion of the Board of Certification Examination, and job/graduate school placement rates demonstrate that the UWM ATEP not only meets, but also exceeds the educational standards set by its accrediting body. The faculty and staff recognize the importance of providing an educational foundation based upon scientific inquiry and experiential learning opportunities. The faculty includes three doctorally trained athletic trainers who have active research laboratories that conduct research to add to the knowledge of injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation.

Program Outcomes

Board of Certification Examination Results
  2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 3 year aggregate
# students graduating from the program 11 9 12 32
# students graduating who took BOC exam 11 8 12 31
# students who passed BOC on the first attempt 11 8 11 30
% of students who passed the BOC on the first attempt 100% 100% 97% 97%
# of students who passed the BOC regardless of the number of attempts 11 8 12 31
% of students who passed the BOC regardless of the number of attempts 100% 100% 100% 100%