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    The athletic training program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse  was the first accredited athletic training program in the state of Wisconsin, and offers one of the most competitive, in-depth and  hands-on athletic training programs in the country. The Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The athletic training program has gained an excellent reputation for involving their athletic training students in various year-round athletic training opportunities. 100% of our 35 graduates who took the BOC Exam in the previous three years passed. Our student's first time pass rate for the last three years on the BOC Examination is 97.14% (34 out of 35)!! 



    Each student must first be accepted for admission to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

    A copy of the curriculum requirements can be found here.

    Statement on Athletic Participation . Students accepted to the athletic training education program after the observational year may not participate in intercollegiate athletics secondary to scheduling conflicts with clinical and field experiences required in the educational program.


    From the students enrolled in ESS 181 - Introduction to Sports Medicine, ten (10) to fourteen (14) students will be selected into the Athletic Training Program after completion of two (2) semesters as athletic training program candidates at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The selection process is final and there is no reapplication process. Selection will be based on the following criteria:

    • Academic Performance - Cumulative University GPA (35%)
    • Evaluations by Clinical Supervisors (40%)
    • Formal Interview  (25%)

    Students admitted to the program may incur costs of transportation to clinical placements within 20 miles of La Crosse.

    Students must complete the following items, at their cost, to complete admission to the program: 


    Retention in the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Athletic Training Program will be based on the following criteria:

    • Cumulative University GPA no lower than 2.75 (4.0 scale)
    • GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in all course work in the major
    • Clinical evaluation scores of 3.0 or above (5.0 scale)

    Failure to meet any one of the retention criteria requires the student to be on probationary status. If the student does not meet all criteria for two consecutive semesters, the student will be removed from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Athletic Training Program.


    For further information please contact:

    Mark H. Gibson, MSEd, MS, ATC, LAT, PT 
    Director, Athletic Training Program 
    124 Mitchell Hall, UW-La Crosse 
    La Crosse, WI. 54601 
    Office 608.785.8190 
    Fax 608.785.8172

    Athletic Training Courses

    Suggested Course Sequence

    Illness Policy for Communicable Diseases



    Approximate costs incurred by students accepted into the ATP may include:

    • ESS 182 course fee - $60
    • Physical Examination (if not paid by personal insurance) - $150
    • Criminal History Form - $12
    • Personal Liability Insurance - $30/year
    • Recertification of Professional Rescuer - $35
    • First Aid Recertification - $20
    • Optional Clothing - depends on student's needs - $100-$300 over 3 years
    • Personal transportation - dependent on gasoline prices and type of automobile owned (students without a car are not assigned to an off-campus clinical rotation)

    Coulee Chase is a 5K Fun Run/3K Family and Dog Walk put on by the UWL Athletic Training Association in cooperation with the Coulee Region Humane Society. The goal of this event is to raise money for future education and research through the National Athletic Trainers' Association Foundation. A percentage of the money raised will also be donated to the CRHS. This year's event will be held on March 5th, 2016 at Myrick Park. Bring your family, friends, and your best walking pal to have a fun-filled day for a great cause!

    Coulee Chase

    Map of Courses 2013
    3K and 5K