UW-Madison Athletic Training Education Program - PROGRAM

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Athletic Training Education Program
School of Education
2000 Observatory Dr., Room 1037
MadisonWI  53706-1121

Tel: 608/265-2503
Fax: 608/262-1656

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ATEP Program Information


Welcome to the ATEP program information page. If you are unsure what a Certified Athletic Trainer does, please visit the link provided below to gather more information. If you are already up-to-date and interested, please read on and feel free to contact us at any time.

The Athletic Training  Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program provides students with the theoretical and clinical foundation needed to succeed as a certified athletic trainer. Interested students should contact:

Andrew Winterstein PhD, LAT
ATEP Program Director


Pre- admission program advising is available from the School of Education Academic Services (EAS): Appointments: 608-262-1651 Email: easinfo@education.wisc.edu.

The most up to date information about the program, pre-requisites, admissions, and other program information can be found in the undergraduate catalog.  

Athletic Training Degree Program

The Bachelors of Science Degree in Atheltic Training is a professional prepartion program in an allied health profession. Students completing the program are eligible for the national board exam offered by the BOC to become a certified athletic trainer. The program requires very specific classroom and clinical coursework in a sequence that cannot be adjusted.

Time to degree completion: The professional program sequence can be completed in four semesters; however the majority of students complete the professional sequene in five semesters. Many factors can influence this decision including, advanced placement credits, humanities and social science electives yet to be completed, and sequencing in the science core. An individualized program plan is completed for each student upon admission to the AT Program.

General Program Information: The Athletic Training option prepares students as professional athletic trainers. Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the program provides students with the theoretical and clinical foundation needed to succeed as a certified athletic trainer.

The Athletic Training program places an emphasis on the basic sciences. The option includes athletic training courses that focus on the prevention, management, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses; content areas in general medical issues, nutrition and pharmacology (full semester courses in these topics); course credits for field experiences; and a field experience in Athletic Training course taken in conjunction with a high school rotation. Students should consult the program learning outcomes for more information on program goals.

Admission to this program is limited and competitive. Students must meet minimum eligibility requirements to be considered for selection. See more on admissions below.

Program Structure

Athletic Training Curriculum

The 120-credit BS in Athletic Training provides rigorous preparation in liberal studies, basic sciences, athletic training theory and clinical practice, and kinesiology core courses. Students participate in clinical and field experiences and a capstone experience. The program prides itself on the quality and rigor of the student’s academic and clinic experience. The five program components are:

The Athletic Training option has five components:

  • Liberal studies and general education courses expose students to a broad range of academic disciplines.
  • Science core course work offers in-depth study of the basic sciences and mathematics.
  • Kinesiology core courses look at how the body responds and adapts to exercise, the role of psychological factors in sports and exercise, mechanics applied to biological systems, and how movement is controlled, learned, and developed over the life span.
  • Major option course work offers advanced study in the option areas.
  • Elective classes are generally related to the student’s area of study.
  • The program seeks to prepare students for graduate study in athletic training and provide a foundation for national board certification and entry-level career opportunities.

Transfer Students: The ATEP does not accept direct transfer into the Department of Kinesiology Athletic Training major. All students must fulfill the admissions requirements and apply to the Athletic Training Education Program major option. Interested transfer students should review the University admission information for transfer students and consult with adviors in the School of Education Academic Services office. 

ATEP Program Observation Opportunities

The best way to get an up close look at the ATEP is through structured observations. Observation opportunities are available during Kinesiology 127 and Kinesiology 197 courses. Additional observations can be obtained in a wide range of AT settings. Contact Dr. Winterstein anytime to learn more about observational opportunities or to sit in on a class. 


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