Athletic Training Program

Student athletic trainer applies an ice wrap to an athlete

UVM athletic training students are part of a learning community that includes small class size and clinical experience that begins in the first year.

About Athletic Training

The job: Certified athletic trainers are highly trained medical professionals qualified to work in a number of settings in order to enhance the quality of health care for athletes and those engaged in physical activity. Working closely with physicians and other health care professionals, their expertise includes the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries incurred by the physically active.

The education: The purpose of the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is to provide students the knowledge and practical skills to enter the profession of athletic training. In addition to required coursework, students complete clinical experiences under the direct supervision of certified athletic trainers at on-campus and off-campus sites. Graduates of the UVM athletic training education program earn a bachelor's of science degree (B.S.) in athletic training. For more information regarding student rights and responsibilities in the UVM ATEP, please consult the ATEP Student Handbook.

Accreditation: The educational program in athletic training is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE), 2201 Double Creek Drive, Suite 5006, Round Rock, TX 78664; Phone: (512) 733.9700; e-mail:

Graduates are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the fulfilling the requirements for all undergraduate degree students (see UVM undergraduate Admissions Criteria for details), students must apply to the clinical portion of the athletic training education program at the end of their first year.

Applicants must:

Selectivity and transfers into program: The clinical portion of the program is selective and space limited. A competitive review of applicants takes place at the end of each academic year by the Athletic Training Education Committee. Advanced Placement in the ATEP is available to transfer students with prior experience and coursework relative to Athletic Training. Applications for the program and criteria for the advanced placement application are available through the program director, Alan Maynard, via e-mail at:

Additional fees: There are costs associated with being enrolled in the UVM ATEP. 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.  We also provide a detailed breakdown of these costs (pdf).

Academic Standards

Once students are enrolled, they are evaluated at regular intervals and must demonstrate mastery of educational competencies and a GPA of 2.5 or better to continue with the next assignment and to remain in good standing.


Click here for link to official UVM course descriptions.

First-Year, Fall Semester Courses
Course Title Credits
MLRS 003 Medical Terminology 2
CHEM 023 Outline of General Chemistry 4
ENG 001 Written Expression 3
MATH 009 or higher 3
EDPE 023 Advanced First Aid & Emer Care 3
NH 50 First Year Seminar 1
Total 16
First-Year, Spring Semester Courses
Course Title Credits
AT 157 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 3
AT 158 Directed Observation in Athletic Training 2
HLTH 015 Personal Power in Health 3
PHYS 096 How Things Work 3
NFS 043 Fundamentals of Nutrition 3
PEAC Elective 1
Total 15
Second-Year, Fall Semester Courses
Course Title Credits
ANPS 19 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
AT 159 Practicum in Athletic Training I 2
AT 184 Evaluation and Recognition of Athletic Injuries I 4
PSYC 001  General Psychology 3
Humanities Elective (PHIL, POLS, HST) 3
Total 16
Second-Year, Spring Semester Courses
Course Title Credits
ANPS 20 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
AT 160 Practicum in Athletic Training II 2
AT 185 Evaluation and Recognition of Athletic Injuries II 4
NFS 163 Sports Nutrition 3
SOC 19 Race Relations in the U.S. 3
Total 16
Third-Year, Fall Semester Courses
Course Title Credits
AT 161 Practicum in Athletic Training III 2
PT 213 Movement Science I 3
PT 244 Patient Management: Therapeutic Modalities 3
AT 195 Special Topics in Athletic Training 3
STAT 111 Elements of Statistics 3
PEAC Elective 1
Total 15
Third-Year, Spring Semester Courses
Course Title Credits
AT 162 Practicum in Athletic Training IV 2
AT 187 Rehabilitation Techniques in Athletic Training 3
RMS 188 Organiz & Leadership in AT and Exer Sci 2
RMS 220 Research Methods 3
RMS 251 Exercise in Health & Disease 3
EDPE 166 Kinesiology (if  grade in ANPS 19 <B);
or Diversity Elective
Total 16
Fourth-Year, Fall Semester Courses
Course Title Credits
AT 190 Senior Clinical Experience I 6-12
NH 120 Health Care Ethics 3
Elective Humanities 3
Total 12-18
Fourth-Year, Spring Semester Courses
Course Title Credits
AT 192 Senior Clinical Experience II (or Elective) 6-12
EXMS 242 Exercise & Sport Psychology 3
EDPE 267 Science of Strength Training, Conditioning
and Biomechanics 
RMS 280 Senior Research Experience (Elective) 1-4
Total 13-18

Clinical Experience

In addition to coursework, students are required to complete a minimum of 800 hours of clinical experience under the direct supervision of certified athletic trainers on campus and at local off-campus affiliate sites. The required 800 clinical experience hours is based upon three years in the program and takes a minimum of five semesters to complete.

Introductory period: First-year students are required to participate in an introductory period of directed observation consisting of at least 50 hours. During this time, the student becomes acquainted with the various daily duties and routines of the staff and athletic training students, the operations of the training room, and basic athletic training skills.

Assigned clinical instructors: Once admitted to the clinical portion of the ATEP, students are assigned to Approved Clinical Instructors. These assignments include team practice and game coverage, team travel, and sports therapy clinic coverage.

Students also have the option of a number of other practical experiences during their final year including conducting research, internships, observing in surgery, and more.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the requirements of the university, students must complete 124 credits and 800 clinical hours. Clinical experiences must occur over a minimum of five semesters.

For more questions...

For more information about the Athletic Training Education Program, please contact:

Sylvie Frisbie
The University of Vermont
Physical Therapy Department
305 Rowell Building
106 Carrigan Dr.
Burlington, VT 05405
Phone: (802) 656-3252
Fax: (802) 656-6586