Athletic trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing, treating injuries and illnesses.

In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel, they serve as integral members of an athletic healthcare team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs, industrial settings and other health care environments.

Why Study Athletic Training at Florida Southern?

  • You’ll earn your degree from a CAATE-accredited program.
  • Your professors include an M.D. and SEC football’s first female athletic trainer.
  • Our students intern at places like the NFL and Auburn University.
  • We give you plenty of opportunities for collaborative research with faculty.

FSC majors are actively involved in service to the community, holding educational conferences for local fire departments, paramedics, EMT’s, SWAT teams, and police departments.

At FSC, you’ll get the coursework, engaged learning opportunities, and unique clinical experiences to ensure you have the preparation and skills, the confidence and professionalism you need to be a leader in the field.

Course Information

Your classes at FSC immerse you in all aspects of athletic training—everything from general athletic training skills to in-depth study of orthopedic injuries to sports psychology and performance-enhancing drugs.

Get complete descriptions of all our athletic training courses  

Clinical Rotations

Each semester, you’ll complete a clinical rotation in a different setting. These are designed to give you experience in a variety of sports with different types of injury risks—and to help you explore your career options. Our students have done rotations at places such as:

We offer 16 Sophomores-Senior assigned clinical sites. Forty to 120 clinical hours/semester are required.

  • Lakeland Regional Hospital
  • Watson Clinic
  • Arnold Palmer Childrens Hospital
  • George Jenkins High School
  • Lakeland High School
  • Lakeland Christian School
  • Santa Fe High School
  • All Saints Academy
  • Leading Edge Physical Therapy
  • Advanced Physical Therapy
  • Cross Fit
  • Tampa Bay Storm
  • Lakeland Raiders
  • Orlando Preditors

We also offer full time internship 12-16 hour course. 480-640 clinical hours are required.

  • Andrews Institute, Pensacola, FL
  • Arizona Cardinals
  • Auburn University
  • Clemson University
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Houston
  • University of Canberra, Australia
  • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
  • Austin Peay State University
  • Trinity College
  • IMG Sports
  • Academy Florida Hospital

Graduate & Professional Opportunities

Athletic Trainers practice in a variety of settings. Most people think of athletic trainers working on the sidelines of a college or professional athletics. But athletic trainers practice in a variety of settings, such as the military, police and fire departments, the performing arts, even NASA.

Our majors are also regularly accepted into prestigious graduate schools. Recent programs attended by our students include:

  • Armstrong Atlantic University
  • Barry University
  • Emory University Physical Therapy School
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Georgia State University
  • Mississippi State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Nova Southeastern Physician Assistant School
  • University of Washington
  • Georgetown College
  • NASA
  • Ohio State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of the Cumberlands
  • University of South Florida
  • Webber International University
  • Disney Wide World of Sports
  • Alabama Sports Medicine, Birmingham

Special Features

Our athletic training major is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

In addition to being active scholars in the field, our professors have extensive practical experience that includes working with Penn State University, University of Kentucky, USA Basketball, Olympics and International Travel, University of Florida.

Our faculty includes the first woman to work in SEC football, and two of the four living NATA Hall of Fame Members in Florida.

 

 

Degree Requirements

Athletic Training Major Requirements

In keeping with FSC’s mission of educational excellence and engaged learning, you will benefit from general education courses and elective courses along with your athletic training coursework.

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 68 hours
ATP/HSC 1234 Medical Terminology
ATP 1277 Perspectives in Athletic Training I
ATP 1278 Perspectives in Athletic Training II
ATP 2308 Therapeutic Techniques I
ATP 2309 Therapeutic Techniques II
ATP 2323 Clinical Examination and Diagnosis of the Lower Body
ATP 2324 Clinical Examination and Diagnosis of the Upper Body
ATP 3333 Concepts of Nutrition and Pharmacology
ATP 3355 Administration of Athletic Training
ATP 4960/4961 Athletic Training Internship
ATP 4999 Primary Care of the Athlete
BIO 2209 Human Anatomy
BIO 2210 Human Physiology
BIO/HMP/PED 3375 Exercise Physiology
HMP/PED 3560 Functional Human Movement
HMP/PED 3735 Sport Psychology
HMP/PED/SPM 4510 Fitness and Prescription
C. Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements 12 hours
D. Electives 8 hours
E. Total 128 hours

For a complete listing of requirements, please refer to
the academic catalog »

Admission & Progress Requirements

Pre-professional Admission (First-Year/Transfer Students)

It is recommended incoming students have earned 1000 SAT or 21 ACT with a weighted GPA of 2.5 (2.75 for transfers). They are also required to have current CPR/First Aid Certification, meet ATEP Technical Standards, and have completed a physical examination and show proof of immunizations.

Professional Program Admission:

You may apply for admission to the professional program after the completion of your first year and have meet the following requirements:

  • completed ATP 240 and ATP 278
  • an overall 2.5 GPA
  • completed all required clinical education hours with satisfactory evaluations
  • completed of all required Educational Competencies and Clinical Proficiencies.

Transfer students should have a minimum overall 2.75 GPA and have completed ATP 240 and 278 or approved equivalent.

Progress Requirements

Athletic Training students must:

  • must achieve an overall 2.75 GPA prior to the junior year and for all remaining semesters
  • must maintain current certification in ARC/CPR-PR, first aid and have yearly instruction in blood borne pathogens and HIPPA
  • take practicum classes which may take place at an off-campus site. (Students are responsible for obtaining transportation.)

It is recommended that athletic training students join the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and athletic training students in the professional program obtain personal liability insurance.


 

Course Descriptions

Most Athletic Training courses are listed under the ATP designator. Courses with the Health Science designator (HSC) are designed to offer an introduction to gaining the knowledge and skills required of various medical professions. These courses provide an opportunity to become familiar with the concepts and thought processes required to be successful in the Health Sciences.

ATP 1277 PERSPECTIVES IN ATHLETIC TRAINING I
Two hours. Prerequisite: majors only. This course introduces students to the profession of athletic training. By combining didactic coursework with clinical experience, the students have an opportunity to learn, observe and practice basic skills, procedures, and techniques used by athletic trainers in prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illness. The emphasis will be on pre-season and emergency preparation, heat illness and evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of the lower body. 50 clinical experience hours required under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer.

ATP 1278 PERSPECTIVES IN ATHLETIC TRAINING II
Two hours. Prerequisite: majors only. This course engages students in the profession of athletic training. By combining didactic coursework with clinical experience, the students have an opportunity to learn, observe and practice basic skills, procedures, and techniques used by athletic trainers in prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illness. The emphasis will be on emergency care, general medical condition, and evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of the upper body. 50 clinical experience hours required under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer.

ATP 1234 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
Two hours. Same as HSC 1234. Introduction to the language, rules and concepts needed to interpret and understand the terminology of medicine.

ATP 2305-4305 CLINICAL EXPERIENCE PRACTICUM
Two hours. Prerequisite: majors only. This practicum course requires students to gain clinical experience under a Certified Athletic Trainer or other appropriate clinical educator at FSC or an FSC affiliated site. A minimum of 100-150 clinical experience hours required under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer.

ATP 2308 THERAPEUTIC TECHNIQUES I
Four hours. Prerequisites: ATP 1277 and ATP 1278. Introduces students to the concepts, theories, rationale, and practical application of treatment and rehabilitative techniques, including therapeutic exercise procedures as well as the application of physical agents and electrotherapeutic modalities. Emphasis on the lower body. A minimum of 50 clinical experience hours required.

ATP 2309 THERAPEUTIC TECHNIQUES II
Four hours. Prerequisites: ATP 1277 and ATP 1278. This course introduces students to the concepts, theories, rationale, and practical application of treatment and rehabilitative techniques, including therapeutic exercise procedures as well as the application of physical agents and electrotherapeutic modalities. Emphasis is placed on the upper body. A minimum of 50 clinical experience hours required.

ATP 2323 CLINICAL EXAMINATION AND DIAGNOSIS OF THE LOWER BODY
Four hours. Prerequisites: ATP 1277 and 1278: Evaluation and diagnosis of common lower body injuries with attention to prevention. Laboratory sessions introduce muscle testing of the lower extremity, and various wrapping and taping techniques with an emphasis on immediate care given to traumatic injuries. Clinical experience with observation hours will ensure application of knowledge to work settings. A minimum of 50 Clinical Experience Hours are required. Gen Ed: Ql

ATP 2324 CLINICAL EXAMINATION AND DIAGNOSIS OF THE UPPER BODY
Four hours. Prerequisites: ATP 1277 and 1278. Evaluation and diagnosis of common upper body injuries with attention to prevention. Laboratory sessions introduce muscle testing of the upper extremity, and various wrapping and taping techniques with an emphasis on immediate care given to traumatic injuries. Clinical experience with observation hours will ensure application of knowledge to work settings. A minimum of 50 clinical hours required. Gen Ed: Ql

ATP 3333 CONCEPTS OF NUTRITION AND PHARMACOLOGY
Four hours. Prerequisite: majors only. Emphasis is on the effects of therapeutic medications, performance enhancing drugs, and the application of nutrition to enhance sports and physical activity. Attention is directed toward dietary modifications for optimal performance, including issues dealing with alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, and pharmacology. A minimum of 150 clinical hours required. Gen Ed: Ql, Well

ATP 3355 ADMINISTRATION OF ATHLETIC TRAINING
Four hours. Prerequisite: majors only. This course will provide students the opportunity to learn the principles of organization and administration as they apply to the many different employment settings in athletic training. Students will learn about human resource issues, resume design and interviewing, budgeting and financial management, facility design, planning, and evaluation, information management including injury reporting systems, emergency care plans, research methods, pre-participation examinations, insurance issues and legal considerations, professional development and public relations. A minimum of 150 Clinical Hours required. Gen Ed: SW (Aw)

ATP 4960/4961 ATHLETIC TRAINING INTERNSHIP
Twelve to sixteen hours. Prerequisite: majors only. Completion of all ATP coursework plus current certification in CPR/PR. Must be in good academic standing. A full semester of clinical internship (minimum of 40 hours week) at an FSC approved site, under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer or allied health professional. 480 clinical experience hours required.

ATP 4999 PRIMARY CARE OF THE ATHLETE
Four hours. Course is open to majors only. Prerequisite: Successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. Topics include medical pathology, pharmacology, sports epidemiology, and statistical analysis. Includes clinical rotations in multi-health disciplines. A minimum of 150 Clinical Hours required. Gen Ed: EC-C

HSC 1234 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
Two hours. Same as ATP1234. Introduction to the language, rules and concepts needed to interpret and understand the terminology of medicine.

HSC 2008 THERAPEUTIC TECHNIQUES I
Two hours. Introduces students to the concepts, theories, rationale, and practical application of treatment and rehabilitative techniques, including therapeutic exercise procedures as well as the application of physical agents and electrotherapeutic modalities. Emphasis on the lower body.

HSC 2009 THERAPEUTIC TECHNIQUES II
Two hours. This course introduces students to the concepts, theories, rationale, and practical application of treatment and rehabilitative techniques, including therapeutic exercise procedures as well as the application of physical agents and electrotherapeutic modalities. Emphasis is placed on the upper body.

HSC 2023 EXAMINATION AND DIAGNOSIS OF THE LOWER BODY
Two hour. Evaluation and diagnosis of common lower body injuries with attention to prevention. Laboratory sessions introduce physical examination of the lower extremity, with an emphasis on immediate care given to traumatic injuries. Gen Ed: Ql

HSC 2024 EXAMINATION AND DIAGNOSIS OF THE UPPER BODY
Two hours. Evaluation and diagnosis of common upper body injuries with attention to prevention. Laboratory sessions introduce physical examination of the upper extremity, with an emphasis on immediate care given to traumatic injuries. Gen Ed: Ql

HSC 3033 CONCEPTS OF NUTRITION AND PHARMACOLOGY
Two hours. Emphasis is on the application of nutrition to enhance sports and physical activity, and the effects of therapeutic medications, performance enhancing drugs. Attention is directed toward optimal performance including dietary modifications, issues dealing with alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, and pharmacology. Gen Ed: Ql, Well