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Athletic trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide emergency care and prevent, diagnose and treat injuries and medical conditions for people in work, life and play including athletes, industrial workers, military service members and public servants. More information about athletic trainers and the health care services they provide are available at and/or

UWL's program recently transitioned to a master's degree. You can learn more about the program on the UWL Athletic Training website

Learn about how to become an athletic trainer directly from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)

Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.

Source: “Athletic Training.” NATA, National Athletic Training Association, 8 Mar. 2018,

Make your intention to pursue a career in Athletic Training official by adding it as an "intended pre-professional track".


  • General Biology (BIO 105) 
  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II (BIO 312 & BIO 313) 


  • General Chemistry I (CHM 103) required for BIO 312 


  • College Algebra (MTH 150) required for CHM 103 


  • Fundamental Physics I & II (PHY 103 & PHY 104) orGeneral Physics I & II (PHY 203 & PHY 204) 


  • Elementary Statistics (STAT 145) or Mathematical Models in Biology (MTH 265) 

Additional requirements 

  • Physiology of Exercise (ESS 302) 
  • Motor Learning or Behavior (ESS 207) 
  • Biomechanics or Kinesiology (ESS 303) 
  • Nutrition (ESS 323 or NUT 200) 

Declaring a Pre-AT track will help you determine common requirements for AT programs in our region. However, each program's requirements vary. When selecting coursework, it is important to consult the websites of the programs to which you plan to apply.

Pre-AT is NOT a major at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. It is a statement of your intention to apply to AT programs. You will still need to select a major to complete your undergraduate degree. UWL offers a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training - leading to board certification - and we encourage you to consider it as you make plans for continuing your education.

  • Shadow or observe ATs: programs will expect applicants to have experience observing the profession. 
  • Gain related experience: any care-related experience where "touch" is involved is a good idea, paid or unpaid. This will help improve your comfort level working closely with people. 
  • Join the club! Visit the Athletic Training Association, UWL on MyOrgs to learn more about the advantages of being involved and when they meet. 
  • Selecting programs: To search accredited programs, the caATe website is a good place to start. Always then consult the individual programs' websites for the most accurate and up to date info. 
  • Testing: Some programs will require the GRE exam. For more info about standardized testing, go here
  • How to apply: Most AT programs, including UWL's, participate in the centralized application service "ATCAS". This is a single online site where you can submit most or all of your applications. Visit the ATCAS Help Center to learn more. 
  • Timeline: Timelines vary. For example, UWL's applications are due by December 1st for the following summer's cohort. Following the December 1st deadline, admissions will be rolling. Check individual AT programs' websites for specific information. 

See Apply with confidence for more information on personal statements, letters of recommendation, interviewing, and more.