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

  • Lakeland Regional Hospital
  • Watson Clinic
  • George Jenkins High School
  • Lakeland High School
  • Lakeland Christian School
  • Lake Gibson High School
  • Leading Edge Physical Therapy
  • Advanced Physical Therapy
  • Cross Fit
  • Lakeland Marine Raiders
  • Orlando Predators
  • Warner University
  • Webber International University
  • Southeastern University

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
  • Stanford University
  • United States Military Academy
  • Virgina Tech
  • Colorado State University
  • Washington Mystics (WNBA)
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports
  • Alabama Sports Medicine, Birmingham

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
  • Auburn University
  • Barry University
  • Emory University Physical Therapy School
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Georgia State University
  • Mississippi State University
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
  • North Carolina State University
  • Nova Southeastern Physician Assistant School
  • University of Washington
  • Georgetown College
  • Ohio State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Miami
  • University of the Cumberlands
  • University of South Florida
  • Webber International University

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 NATA Hall of Fame Members.

 

Admission & Progress Requirements

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

  • Recommended 1100 SAT or 24 ACT (with a weighted GPA of 3.25)
  • Transfer students. Recommended 3.0 College GPA.
  • Must have current CPR certification.
  • Must understand, meet, and sign the ATP Technical Standards.
  • Must have completed a physical examination and show proof of immunizations.

Professional Program Admission

  • May apply for admission after the completion of ATP 1277 and 1278 or approved equivalent
  • Must have an overall 3.0 GPA.
  • Earn a grade of "C" or better in all coursework required by Athletic Training.
  • Successful completion of all required clinical education hours with satisfactory evaluations.
  • Completion of all program requirements and evaluations.
  • Completion of all required education competencies and clinical integration proficiencies
  • Transfer students should have a minimum overall 3.0 GPA and have completed ATP 1277 and 1278 or approved equivalent.

Progress Requirements

  • Athletic Training students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all required courses.
  • Athletic Training students must achieve a minimum overall 3.0 GPA each year and for all remaining semesters.
  • Athletic Training students must maintain current certification in CPR-PR and have yearly instruction in blood borne pathogens and HIPPA.
  • Athletic Training students are to complete all educational competencies and clinical integration proficiencies and pass any required written or practical exams prior to advancing to the next level.
  • Athletic Training students must complete all program requirements and evaluations
  • Athletic Training students must successfully complete all required clinical education hours with satisfactory evaluations.

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.


 

Program Requirements

Athletic Training Major Requirements

In keeping with Florida Southern College’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 81-85 hours
ATP/HSC 1234 Medical Terminology
ATP 1277 Perspectives in Athletic Training I
ATP 1278 Perspectives in Athletic Training II
ATP 1305 Clinical Education Practicum
ATP 1306 Clinical Education Practicum
ATP2305 Clinical Education Practicum
ATP 2306 Clinical Education Practicum
ATP/HSC 2308 Therapeutic Techniques I
ATP/HSC 2309 Therapeutic Techniques II
ATP/HSC 2323 Clinical Examination and Diagnosis of the Lower Body
ATP/HSC 2324 Clinical Examination and Diagnosis of the Upper Body
ATP 3305 Clinical Education Practicum
ATP 3306 Clinical Education Practicum
ATP/HSC 3333 Concepts of Nutrition and Pharmacology
ATP/HSC 3355 Administration of Athletic Training
ATP 4305
or
ATP 4306
Professional Development Practicum

Professional Development Practicum
ATP 4960
or
ATP 4961
Professional Development Internship

Professional Development Internship
ATP 4999 Primary Care of the Athlete
BIO 2215 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 2216 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIO/HMP/PED 3575 Exercise Physiology
HMP/PED 3560 Functional Human Movement
HMP 3735 Sport Psychology
HMP/PED/SPM 4510 Fitness and Prescription
C. Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements 12 hours
D. Electives 0 hours
E. Total 133-137 hours

For a complete listing of requirements, please refer to
the Academic Catalog  


 

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 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.

Athletic Training Program

ATP/HSC 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 1277 PERSPECTIVES IN ATHLETIC TRAINING I
Two hours. Prerequisite: majors only. This course introduces students to the profession of athletic training. The emphasis of the course will be on pre-season and emergency preparation, heat illness and learning and practicing the evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of the lower body. OSHA and HIPPA regulations will be included.

ATP 1278 PERSPECTIVES IN ATHLETIC TRAINING II
Two hours. Prerequisite: majors only. This course is an overview of the profession of athletic training. The emphasis of the course will be on general medical conditions, heat illness and learning and practicing the evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of the upper body.

ATP 1305-1306 CLINICAL EXPERIENCE PRACTICUM
One hour. Prerequisite: majors only. This practicum course requires students to gain clinical experience under a certified athletic trainer or approved health care provider at FSC or an FSC affiliated site. 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. A minimum of 40 and a maximum of 80 clinical experience hours under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer or Approved Health Care Provider are required.

ATP 2305-2306 CLINICAL EXPERIENCE PRACTICUM
Two hours. Prerequisite: majors only. This practicum course requires students to gain clinical experience under a certified athletic trainer or approved health care provider at FSC or an FSC affiliated site. The students have an opportunity to learn, observe and practice intermediate skills, procedures, and techniques used by athletic trainers in prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illness. A minimum of 80 and a maximum of 160 clinical experience hours under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer or Approved Health Care Provider are required.

ATP/HSC 2308 THERAPEUTIC TECHNIQUES I
Four hours. Same as HSC 2308. 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.

ATP/HSC 2309 THERAPEUTIC TECHNIQUES II
Four hours. Same as HSC 2309. Prerequisites: ATP 1277 and ATP 1278 or permission of the instructor. 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 on the upper body.

ATP/HSC 2323 CLINICAL EXAMINATION AND DIAGNOSIS OF THE LOWER BODY
Four hours. Same as HSC 2323. 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. Gen Ed: Ql

ATP/HSC 2324 CLINICAL EXAMINATION AND DIAGNOSIS OF THE UPPER BODY
Four hours. Same as HSC 2424. 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. Gen Ed: Ql

ATP 3305-3306 CLINICAL EXPERIENCE PRACTICUM
Three hours. Prerequisite: majors only. This practicum course requires students to gain clinical experience under a certified athletic trainer or approved health care provider at FSC or an FSC affiliated site. The students have an opportunity to learn, observe and practice advanced skills, procedures, and techniques used by athletic trainers in prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illness. A minimum of 120 and a maximum of 240 clinical education hours under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer or Approved Health Care Provider are required.

ATP/HSC 3333 CONCEPTS OF NUTRITION AND PHARMACOLOGY
Three hours. Same as HSC 3333. Prerequisite: majors only or permission of the instructor. 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

ATP/HSC 3355 ADMINISTRATION OF ATHLETIC TRAINING
Three 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. Gen Ed: SW (Aw)

ATP 4305-4306 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PRACTICUM
Three hours. Prerequisite: majors only. This practicum course requires students to gain experience under a certified athletic trainer or approved health care provider at FSC or an FSC affiliated site. The students have an opportunity to learn, observe and practice advanced skills, procedures, techniques, and/or administrative duties used by athletic trainers in prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illness. A minimum of 120 and a maximum of 240 contact hours under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer or Approved Health Care Provider are required.

ATP 4960/4961 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIP
Twelve to sixteen hours. Prerequisite: majors only. Completion of all ATEP Clinical Proficiencies plus current certification in CPR/PR. Must be in good academic standing. A full semester Internship (minimum of 40 hours week) at an FSC approved site, under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer or medical professional. 480 to 640 clinical experience hours required.

ATP 4999 PRIMARY CARE OF THE ATHLETE
Four hours. Prerequisite: ATP majors only and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. Senior capstone course linked with ATP 4305/4306. Topics include medical pathology, pharmacology, sports epidemiology, and statistical analysis. Gen Ed: EC-C

Biology

BIO 2215 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
Four hours. No credit awarded if student has completed BIO 2209, BIO 2210, or BIO 4408. Structure and function of the following major organ systems of the human body: integumentary, skeletal (including joints), muscular, and nervous. Gen Ed: NW

BIO 2216 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II
Four hours. Prerequisite: BIO 2215. No credit awarded if student has completed BIO 2209, BIO 2210, or BIO 4408. Structure and function of the following major organ systems of the human body: endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, digestive, and reproductive.

BIO/HMP/PED 3575 EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY
Four hours. Same as HMP/PED 3575. Prerequisites: BIO 2215 and BIO 2216. The effects of exercise on human physiological systems. Students will use didactic and psychomotor skills in a laboratory setting to reinforce physiological principles.

Human Movement and Performance

HMP/PED 3560 FUNCTIONAL HUMAN MOVEMENT
Four hours. Same as PED 3560. This course approaches human movement from a multipledisciplinary perspective combining the broad tenets of kinesiology with a strong influence of biomechanical principles; the outcome is a practical understanding and working knowledge of how and why the human body moves, with emphasis placed on the internal and/or external forces that may be involved.

HMP 3735 SPORT PSYCHOLOGY
Two hours. Understanding and application of the mental aspects of human performance. This course is applicable to undergraduate physical education majors and minors, psychology majors and minors, coaching majors and minors, athletes interested in improving their performance and anyone interested in the psychology of sport and human performance.

HMP/PED/SPM 4510 FITNESS AND PRESCRIPTION
Four hours. Same as PED 4510 and SPM 4510. Prerequisites: HMP/PED 2575 or SPM 2174 or permission of the instructor. Specific principles, concepts and theories of strength training and conditioning and their applications to performance. Course will prepare students to take the CSCS certification exam.