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The undergraduate major in Athletic Training is no longer available to new students (applicants).

The undergraduate AT Program continues to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and students who have already been accepted to the professional program will follow their designated UCA Undergraduate Bulletin. Enrolled undergraduate students should contact their assigned academic advisor if they have questions.

Students interested in pursuing the state approved Master of Science in Athletic Training (MS-AT) at UCA should consider the undergraduate BS-Exercise Science (Pre-Athletic Training concentration). All the prerequisite courses for the MS-AT are contained within the degree requirements for the BS-Exercise Science (Pre-Athletic Training concentration).

2018-19 UCA Undergraduate Bulletin

To find the BS-EX (Pre-Athletic Training) degree requirements, scroll down the page to [2.3.3] Major in Exercise Science, Concentration in Pre-Athletic Training

Students can pursue any undergraduate degree before applying for the MS-AT but all prerequisite courses and requirements for admission to the MS-AT must be met before applicants can be “formally” admitted and start the graduate MS-AT degree plan. Admission to the MS-AT program is selective and competitive.

Please use this web link for more information about the Master of Science in Athletic Training



The UCA Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Mission Statement

The University of Central Arkansas Athletic Training Program is committed to mentoring professionals who will enhance the quality of health care for the physically active and advance the athletic training profession. This is achieved through a comprehensive curriculum that prepares graduates for entry-level athletic training positions or for advanced study. Graduates of the program will be prepared to be members of an interdisciplinary health-care team in a variety of settings.

Program Director

ellen-2If you are interested in the Athletic Training Program you can contact the Program Director at eepping@uca.edu for more information.

What does a Certified Athletic Trainer do?…

Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.

Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences.

Athletic training is not the same profession as personal training. Certified athletic trainers work with more than just athletes they are employed in a variety of settings working with the physically active.

To become certified athletic trainers, students must graduate with a bachelors or masters degree from an accredited professional athletic training program and pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification. Once certified, they must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified.

UCA Bulletin Athletic Training Program

Athletic Training Program Goals

The UCA Athletic Training Students will:

  1. Develop knowledge and practical skills through didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences.
  2. Learn from a variety of health care professionals who teach through formal instruction and supervise clinical experiences.
  3. Gain clinical experiences in diverse practice settings with a variety of sports and patients.
  4. Communicate effectively with patients, peers, health care professionals, staff and administrators.
  5. Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior.
  6. Develop professionally through participation in educational association meetings.
  7. Prepare to practice as a certified athletic trainer.