Athletic Training Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)
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.
(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.
|HPR 105||Creating A Healthy, Active Lifestyle 1||3|
|ESS 181||Introduction to Sports Medicine||3|
|ESS 182||Prevention and Emergency Care for Athletic Trainers||3|
|ESS 205||Human Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise Science I||3|
|ESS 206||Human Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise Science II||3|
|ESS 207||Human Motor Behavior||3|
|ESS 286||Athletic Training Clinical I||2|
|ESS 287||Athletic Training Clinical II||2|
|ESS 302||Physiology of Exercise||3|
|ESS 323||Nutrition and Sport||3|
|ESS 349||Psychology of Coaching Competitive Athletics||2|
|ESS 368||Strength Training Techniques and Programs||3|
|ESS 378||Musculoskeletal Assessment of the Lower Body||4|
|ESS 379||Musculoskeletal Assessment of the Upper Body||4|
|ESS 383||Clinical Pathology for Exercise Science||3|
|ESS 386||Athletic Training Clinical III||2|
|ESS 387||Athletic Training Clinical IV||2|
|ESS 400||Pharmacology in Athletic Training||3|
|ESS 450||Exercise and Sport Science Internship||8-12|
|ESS 481||Therapeutic Modalities for Athletic Training||4|
|ESS 483||Administration of Athletic Training Programs||3|
|ESS 484||Rehabilitation Techniques for Athletic Trainers||4|
|ESS 485||Current Readings/Research in Athletic Training||3|
|ESS 486||Athletic Training Clinical V||2|
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:
- Fulfill the general education requirements.
- Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
- 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.)
- 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.
- Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
- A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
- 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.
|ESS 181||3||ESS 182||3|
|BIO 105 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)||4||ESS 205||3|
|HPR 105 (Gen Ed Health and Well-Being)||3||CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy - Oral)||3|
|ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy - Written)||3||Gen Ed Math||4|
|Gen Ed Self and Society||3|
|Apply for admission to Athletic Training program--see Athletic Training website for details.|
|ESS 206||3||ESS 383||3|
|ESS 286||2||ESS 287||2|
|ESS 379||4||ESS 302||3|
|Gen Ed Hum - Lit||3||ESS 378||4|
|Gen Ed Arts||2-3||Gen Ed Global Studies||3|
|ESS 303||3||ESS 207||3||ESS 450||8|
|ESS 368||3||ESS 400||3|
|ESS 386||2||ESS 387||2|
|ESS 481||4||ESS 484||4|
|Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems||3-4||Gen Ed Minority Cultures||3|
|ESS 323||3||ESS 485||3|
|ESS 483||3||ESS 349||2|
|ESS 486||2||HIS 101, 102, or ARC 200||3|
|Gen Ed Elective||3||Gen Ed Arts||2-3|
|Gen Ed Elective||3||Gen Ed Elective||3|
|Total Credits: 123|