Kinesiology: B.S. Athletic Training

Frequently Asked Questions


How long does it take to complete the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree?
From the point of acceptance into the ATEP in January, it takes 3 ½ years to complete the program.

I have a lot of previous college credits already, can I complete the program in a shorter amount of time?
It depends on the nature of the courses already taken. Courses in kinesiology, the sciences, and general education courses are most applicable. Course equivalences are determined by the ATEP Director and UWM Enrollment Services. If a large number of credits are accepted as equivalent towards the BS-AT degree, the shortest duration to completing the coursework and clinical education requirements is 6 semesters.

I already have a bachelor’s degree, can I apply to the ATEP, and how long will it take to complete?
It depends on the nature of the previous degree. Degrees in Kinesiology or Exercise Sciences are most applicable. You would apply to the University as a second-degree student, and would then have to proceed through the ATEP Admissions process as any other student. If a large number of credits are accepted as equivalent towards the BS-AT degree, the shortest duration to completing the coursework and clinical education requirements is 6 semesters.

Can I maintain a job while completing the BS-Athletic Training degree?
Yes, many students work part-time during the academic year. It is important to also consider the high academic load (15-18 credits per semester) as well as the clinical education experiences (about 12 hours per week) when considering employment. It is not advisable to have a full-time job while completing the ATEP.

Can I be a student-athlete and major in athletic training?
Yes, but is can be extremely difficult to manage the time demands of the sport and the classwork and clinical education. Student-athletes who are considering the athletic training as a major should discuss this with his/her coach and the ATEP Director.

I have already been accepted as an athletic training major at another institution. Can I transfer into the ATEP and UWM?
Due to the sequential and cumulative nature of the curriculum, transfer students must complete all of the Athletic Training Core courses at UWM. General education requirements, electives and professional core courses may be transferred in according to UWM guidelines. Acceptance of transfer credits is determined by the ATEP Director in consultation with the College of Health Sciences Associate Dean of Student Affairs, and Enrollment Services. Transfer students will need to complete the Application for Admission, and be considered for admission with the cohort of students each January.