University of Wisconsin–Madison

The AT Program


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. If you are unsure what a Certified Athletic Trainer does, please visit the links 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.

 Advising for pre-AT students is available from the School of Education Academic Services (EAS): Appointments: 608-262-1651 Email:


If you are already a student at UW-Madison the best way to get an up close look at the AT Program is through structured observations. Students applying to the AT Program are required to complete structured observation experiences. The experiences are made available during enrollment in Kinesiology 127 (Introduction to Athletic Training) and Kinesiology 197 (Basic Techniques in Athletic Training). Information on how to sign up for observations is provided during these classes. Interested students should review the information listed under Prospective Student Forms. Students cannot begin observations until they meet the required HIPAA and BBP requirements.
Contact Dr. Winterstein  to learn more about observational opportunities.

If you are interested in attending the UW-Madison and want to learn more about the AT Program you are encouraged to take a campus tour,  meet with an AT Program representative, and if possible sit in on an AT class.   Contact Dr. Winterstein to schedule a meeting and program visit. Students who are currently in high school and are not yet on the UW-Madison campus cannot participate in observation activities.

Program Overview:

The Bachelors of Science Degree in Athletic Training is a professional preparation 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 sequence 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 Program 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 AT Program 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.