2017-18 Catalog

Publication date June 2017

Athletic Training Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

No longer accepting students. New students should refer to the pre-athletic training program if interested.

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.

No longer accepting students. New students should refer to the pre-athletic training program if interested.

(College of Science and Health)

Admission to program

Admission to the athletic training program is competitive and not all who apply can be accommodated. Admission requires an application/selection process for entry into ESS 181 Introduction to Sports Medicine. Enrollment in ESS 181 is limited to 35 candidates who will be considered for final selection into the program following completion of ESS 182 Prevention and Emergency Care for Athletic Trainers. Ten to fourteen (10-14) of the 35 candidates are selected at the end of the two-semester experience to enter the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited undergraduate program. Application deadline for enrollment in ESS 181 is February 1 for consideration for each fall semester. Application materials may be obtained from the program website. Notification of acceptance into ESS 181 will be made by approximately April 1.

Students accepted to the athletic training educational 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.

Consideration for selection into ESS 181 is based on the following criteria:

  • Acceptance into the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse;
  • Cumulative high school/university GPA;
  • GPA in science and sports medicine related course work;
  • SAT or ACT scores and rank in class;
  • Strength of student’s athletic training commitment as reflected in letters of recommendation;
  • Previous athletic training/sports medicine experience, extracurricular activities, and leadership experience.
  • Evaluation of application by selection committee.

Retention and advancement

Students admitted into the athletic training education program must maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average (GPA), a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in all course work in the major, and have clinical evaluation scores of 3.0 or above (5.0 scale). Failure to meet any one of these retention criteria requires the student to be on a probationary status. If the student does not meet all criteria in two consecutive semesters, the student will be removed from the program.


78 credits

HPR 105Creating A Healthy, Active Lifestyle 13
ESS 181Introduction to Sports Medicine3
ESS 182Prevention and Emergency Care for Athletic Trainers3
ESS 205Human Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise Science I3
ESS 206Human Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise Science II3
ESS 207Human Motor Behavior3
ESS 286Athletic Training Clinical I2
ESS 287Athletic Training Clinical II2
ESS 302Physiology of Exercise3
ESS 303Biomechanics3
ESS 323Nutrition and Sport3
ESS 349Psychology of Coaching Competitive Athletics2
ESS 368Strength Training Techniques and Programs3
ESS 378Musculoskeletal Assessment of the Lower Body4
ESS 379Musculoskeletal Assessment of the Upper Body4
ESS 383Clinical Pathology for Exercise Science3
ESS 386Athletic Training Clinical III2
ESS 387Athletic Training Clinical IV2
ESS 400Pharmacology in Athletic Training3
ESS 450Exercise and Sport Science Internship8-12
ESS 481Therapeutic Modalities for Athletic Training4
ESS 483Administration of Athletic Training Programs3
ESS 484Rehabilitation Techniques for Athletic Trainers4
ESS 485Current Readings/Research in Athletic Training3
ESS 486Athletic Training Clinical V2
Total Credits78

This course may apply to the general education requirements.

Athletic training majors are advised to take BIO 105 General Biology (4 cr.) in order to satisfy prerequisites for other courses.

All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.  

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the assistant to the dean of their college for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Must be accepted to athletic training observational year in order to enroll in ESS 181 and to be on track for four-year graduation plan. See athletic training for more details.

Year 1
ESS 1813ESS 1823 
BIO 105 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4ESS 2053 
HPR 105 (Gen Ed Health and Well-Being)3CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy - Oral)3 
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy - Written)3Gen Ed Math4 
 Gen Ed Self and Society3 
 Apply for admission to Athletic Training program--see Athletic Training website for details.  
 13 16  
Year 2
ESS 2063ESS 3833 
ESS 2862ESS 2872 
ESS 3794ESS 3023 
Gen Ed Hum - Lit3ESS 3784 
Gen Ed Arts2-3Gen Ed Global Studies3 
 14 15  
Year 3
ESS 3033ESS 2073ESS 4508
ESS 3683ESS 4003 
ESS 3862ESS 3872 
ESS 481 4ESS 4844 
Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems3-4Gen Ed Minority Cultures3 
 15 15 8
Year 4
ESS 3233ESS 4853 
ESS 4833ESS 3492 
ESS 4862HIS 101, 102, or ARC 2003 
Gen Ed Elective3Gen Ed Arts2-3 
Gen Ed Elective3Gen Ed Elective3 
 14 13  
Total Credits: 123
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