University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

The University of Vermont's Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree program provides students with the interdisciplinary knowledge and practical skills required to work closely with physicians and other health care professionals in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries incurred by athletes and others engaged in physical activity.

Students benefit from diverse, focused clinical experiences, interdisciplinary study in direct association with Fletcher Allen Health Care and the UVM College of Medicine's Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, and a small clinical cohort facilitating individual attention.


Select year of program entry:

Consult the UVM Course Catalogue for specific requirements by catalogue year. Academic standards are outlined in the CNHS Undergraduate Student Handbook.

Clinical Experience

First-year athletic training students undertake 50 hours of directed observation of sports practices and games, during which time they become acquainted with the daily routines of athletic training staff and engage with upper-level students in the program. Pending acceptance into the clinical portion of the athletic training education program in the second year, students will complete 800-plus clinical hours during the required five clinical experiences.

Our more than 20 affiliated clinical sites include UVM's varsity and club sports teams, the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the UVM College of Medicine, local high schools, colleges, and outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation clinics. Students are assigned to a different clinical preceptor every semester, during which time they are directly involved with patients and athletes while gaining experience interacting with parents, coaches and other health care professionals. Students will also have the opportunity to observe surgery and engage in research with department faculty.

Requirements for Admission to Clinical Experience

Students must meet the following criteria to apply to the clinical portion of the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at the end of their first year of study. (Please be aware that application does not guarantee entry into the clinical portion of the program; space is limited and selection is competitive.)

    • Complete AT 158 with a grade of B or better (including a minimum of 50 hours of directed observation & Level I skill assessments)
    • Attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Be certified in either American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer or American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers
    • Complete an interview with program faculty
    • Meet the essential functions for the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science outlined in the CNHS Undergraduate Student Handbook
    • Submit clinical application and supporting documents to the Athletic Training program director by April 12th

Additional fees: There are costs associated with being enrolled in the Athletic Training Education Program. These include but are not limited to: lab fees, personal liability insurance, immunization maintenance, apparel to adhere to dress code(s), and travel to and from off-campus clinical assignments and internships. See current costs.

Advanced placement in the program may be available to transfer students with prior experience and coursework relative to athletic training.

Athletic Training Faculty

Learn more about our faculty.


Recent senior exit survey results indicate the UVM athletic training program currently holds a 100% placement rate for graduates entering the workforce or pursuing further study. Alumni take jobs in a variety of settings in high school, collegiate, and professional sports, outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation clinics, and in emerging areas including performing arts organizations and the military. Past graduates have attended the University of Virginia, Old Dominion, and Clarkson. Learn more about athletic training careers.

Opportunities for Students

Undergraduate research programs and opportunities for involvement in clubs, including the Student Athletic Medicine Society, intramurals, and community service for athletic training students at the University of Vermont are widely available. Students who study abroad typically do so in the spring semester of the senior year, with careful academic planning, due to the extensive clinical requirements of the program.

Board of Certification Pass Rates

Period Number of program graduates Number of graduates taking exam First attempt pass rate National first attempt pass rate Percentage of UVM students who passed exam (regardless of number of attempts)
3-year aggregate


The University of Vermont's athletic training program has been re-accredited for the period 2008-2018 by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE), 2201 Double Creek Drive, Suite 5006, Round Rock, TX 78664; Phone: (512) 733.9700; Email: logo

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification examination. The Office of Professional Regulation in the Vermont Secretary of State's office governs licensure requirements for Vermont.

For More Information

UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Office of Student Services
002 Rowell Building
106 Carrigan Dr.
Burlington, VT 05405-0068
Phone: (802) 656-3858


Already an undergraduate student? Learn about the transfer process.

Last modified July 07 2014 11:36 AM