Athletic Training

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

The athletic training degree prepares students for graduate study in athletic training, physical therapy, physician assistant and medicine. It’s ideal for students interested in gaining clinical experience with injury prevention, recognition and immediate care, rehabilitation, health care management and professional development in a sports medicine environment.

The program is spread out over six semesters. It involves a combination of challenging didactic courses and hands-on clinical experience.

Students have opportunities to complete clinical rotations in a variety of settings and work with diverse patient populations. Clinical experience is gained on and off campus and includes the FSU athletic department, local high schools, and medical clinics.

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Students entering the athletic training program after Fall ’16 are required to complete a graduate professional athletic training program in order to become eligible for Board of Certification.

The Florida State University Athletic Training Program was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). (6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101) The program voluntarily withdrew its CAATE accreditation effective August 1, 2019.

This degree is a limited access program that prepares students for professional programs in athletic training, physical therapy, physician assistant or medicine.

A “limited access” major requires students to complete a separate application process for possible admission into the program. Formal acceptance into the major occurs only in the Spring semester after taking ATR 1800-Introduction to Athletic Training (Enrollment in ATR 1800 is a required first step. There are course pre and co-requisites for ATR 1800. Please see the curriculum sheet for more details.).

Transfer students are strongly encouraged to enroll in ATR 1800-Introduction to Athletic Training (Enrollment in ATR 1800 is a required first step. There are course pre and co-requisites for ATR 1800. Please see the curriculum sheet for more details.) and apply for the spring semester only, as major courses are restricted to formally accepted students.

All of the following also count toward major requirements. Some may also be used to meet general education requirements.

Course # Hours Name
BSC X010, X010L 4 (3+1) Biological Science
or BSC X010C, Biology I with lab (4)
PHY X053, X053L 4 (3+1) General Physics
or PHY X053C, College Physics A with lab (4)
PSY X012 3 General Psychology
STA X122 4 Introduction to Applied Statistics
or STA X023, Statistical Methods (STA X122 preferred)
HUN X201 3 Science of Nutrition
or HUN X941
(“B-” or better required)
PET X322, X322L 4 (3+1) Functional Anatomy & Physiology I (and lab)
or BSC X085, X085L
or equivalent
(“C+” or better required)
PET X323C 4 Functional Anatomy & Physiology II (with lab)
or BSC X086, X086L
or equivalent

Note 1: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of

Note 2: Students should take MAC 1105 (3) College Algebra to partially satisfy the math area requirement for General Education, as it is a prerequisite to several of the above courses.

This is a limited access major; admission is competitive. Please contact the department directly for more information. Students should apply for admission to this program during freshman year.

Since access to clinical opportunities is limited, students must complete the following to be admitted:

  1. Minimum FSU GPA of 2.5 or higher on a minimum of 15 hours
  2. Successful completion of ATR 1800
  3. Must meet all technical standards for admission (contact an academic advisor for details)
97 Total Hours
Many of these courses may also be used to satisfy general education requirements. Please contact the department regarding possible curricular changes. In order to graduate with a degree in Athletic Training, students must have a minimum FSU overall GPA of 2.5 and a grade of “C minus“ or higher in all required courses.
Required Math, Science & Psych Courses (26 hours)
MAC 1105 3 College Algebra
MAC 1114 2 Trigonometry
MAC 1140 3 Precalculus
STA 2122 3 Introduction to Applied Statistics
BSC 2010, 2010L 4 (3+1) Biological Science I (and lab)
CHM 1045, 1045L 4 (3+1) General Chemistry I (and lab)
PHY 2053C 4 College Physics A with lab
PSY 2012 3 General Psychology
College of Human Sciences Core (6 hours)
FAD 2230 3 Family Relationships
HSC 4711 3 Wellness / Risk Reduction
Departmental Coursework (15 hours)
HUN 1201 3 Science of Nutrition
PET 3322, 3221L 4 (3+1) Functional Anatomy and Physiology I
or BSC 2085, 2085L (3+1)
PET 3323C 4 Functional Anatomy and Physiology II
or BSC 2086, 2086L (3+1)
PET 3380C 4 Applied Exercise Physiology
Athletic Training Core Coursework (27 hours)
ATR 1800 1 Introduction to Athletic Training
ATR 2020 2 First Aid – Professional Rescuer
ATR 3102 3 Athletic Training I
ATR 3012C 3 Orthopedic Assessment – Upper Ext.
ATR 3132 3 Kinesiology
ATR 3213c 3 Orthopedic Assessment – Lower Ext.
ATR 3312c 3 Therapeutic Exercise / Rehabilitation
ATR 4302c 3 Therapeutic Modalities
ATR 3512 3 Athletic Training Administration
ATR 4932 3 Issues in Sports Training

Students must complete one of the four following options (21-26 hours):

I. Pre-Athletic Training
APK 3113 3
ATR 1810 1
ATR 2820 1
ATR 3832 1
ATR 4842 1
Electives 14
Total Hours: 21
II. Pre-Physical Therapy
BSC 2011, 2011L 4 (3+1)
CHM 1046, 1046L 4 (3+1)
PHY 2054C 4
PSY XXXX 3 – 6
Electives 3 – 6
Total Hours: 21
III. Pre-Physician Assistant
CHM 1046, 1046L 4 (3+1)
MCB 2004, 2004L or MCB 4403, 4403L 4 (3+1)
APK 2001 3
CHM 3217, 3217L or CHM 2210 4 (3+1) or 3
Electives 6
Total Hours: 21
IV. Pre-Sports Medicine
BSC 2011, 2011L 4 (3+1)
CHM 1046, 1046L 4 (3+1)
PHY 2054C 4
CHM 2210 3
CHM 2211, 2211L 6 (3+3)
BCH 4053 3
Suggested: PCB 3063 3
Suggested: Spanish (FL) 6
Total Hours: 24
Minimum Program Requirements (Summary)
Minimum Hours Required 120
Prerequisites 0 (beyond coursework required for liberal studies & the major)
General Education 36*
Major Coursework 97*
Minor Coursework 0
Computer Skills 0 – 3 (beyond major requirements)
CGS 2060 (3) or BSC 2010L (1)
Oral Competency 0 (beyond major requirements)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course.
Electives TBD (to bring total hours to 120)

*Note: The following coursework required for the major can also apply to General Education: all math courses; CHM 1045, 1045L, HUN 1201, and/or BSC 2010, 2010L; PSY 2012, FAD 2230.