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Department of Athletic Training College of Nursing and Health Sciences Florida International University

  • Miami, FL
  • Public
  • Urban
  • Not Reported
    student ratio
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    total students
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    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • February 15
    fall application deadline
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    acceptance rate
  • 1 Degree
    degrees/awards offered


Athletic Training Program for a Fast-Growing Field at FIU

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida International University (CNHS-FIU), located in Miami, was founded in 1982 and is one of the university's 26 schools and colleges. It houses the Department of Athletic Training, which offers a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree program.

Only Accredited Professional Athletic Training Program in Florida

The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at Florida International University (FIU) is the only professional (entry level) program in the state of Florida that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). It also was one of the first in the nation to offer a professional master's degree program in athletic training.

The program prepares students to become "first responders on the field" in a fast-growing specialty that combines athletic training with healthcare. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification examination, which tests knowledge and skills in the following major athletic training professional domains: (1) injury and illness prevention and wellness protection, (2) clinical evaluation and diagnosis, (3) immediate and emergency care, (4) treatment and rehabilitation, and (5) organizational and professional health and well-being.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the professional Master of Science in Athletic Training degree program, students must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university and a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the last 60 credits of undergraduate coursework. In addition, students are expected to have completed prerequisite courses with grades of C or better in general biology with a lab, human anatomy with a lab, human physiology with a lab, physics with a lab, nutrition, statistics, introductory psychology, kinesiology or biomechanics, and exercise physiology.

Employment Outlook for Athletic Trainers

Graduates of the Athletic Training Education Program at Florida International University are employed in a variety of settings including UHZ Sports Medicine Institute, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, professional sports organizations in the US and abroad, physical therapy practices, and other clinical settings.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of professional entry-level athletic trainers is expected to grow 30% by 2020, a much faster growth rate than the average for all occupations.

Comprehensive Curriculum

The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at Florida International University is a rigorous and intense 58-credit, 6 semester program that also requires students to complete 800 clinical education experience hours in a variety of settings.

Students are educated in cognitive and psychomotor skills related to recognition, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses involving the physically active as well as risk management, healthcare administration, pharmacology, diagnostic imaging, and medical ethics and legal issues.

Among the required courses in Semester 1 are "Management of Medical Emergencies" and "Principles of Athletic Training with Lab." Semester 2 courses include "Orthopedic Assessment I - Lower Extremity with Lab," and "Therapeutic Modalities with Lab." Semester 3 courses include "Rehabilitation Techniques in Athletic Training" and "Orthopedic Assessment II - Upper Extremity with Lab."Semester 4 focuses on orthopedic assessment of the head, spine and trunk, as well as diseases and disabilities of the physically active. Semesters 5 and 6 comprise research in athletic training, pharmacology, and diagnostic imaging.

Clinical Education Experiences Required

In addition to their coursework, students must also complete 162 hours of clinical education each semester (about 15 to 20 hours per week), which count toward the 800 total clinical hours required for graduation. Clinical education experiences are obtained in local high schools and universities, sports medicine clinics, and at community events. Clinical education experiences are supervised by a qualified Approved Clinical Instructor (ACI) or a clinical instructor associated with the FIU Athletic Training Education Program.

ATEP Program Faculty

The Athletic Training Education Program faculty at Florida International University comprises Dr. Jennifer Doherty-Restrepo, Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Director and Michelle Odai, Clinical Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Clinical Education.

Dr. Doherty-Restrepo's areas of research and scholarship include knowledge acquisition and retention in athletic training continuing education; simulation-based learning in athletic training; and evaluation models for continuing education in athletic training. Her research has been published in the "Journal of Outcomes Measurement in Continuing Healthcare Education" and the "Athletic Training Education Journal."

Michelle Odai is a certified strength and conditioning specialist who holds research interests in the area of leadership and effectiveness of athletic training program directors.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

A variety of state grants, awards, and scholarships are available to eligible graduate students to assist with tuition and fees. Students in the graduate Athletic Training Educational Program may be eligible for a scholarship from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Graduate students may also qualify for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans.

Campus and Surroundings

Florida International University has several campuses throughout South Florida, each with its own identity and campus life. The College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida International University is situated on its main campus -- the Modesto Maidique Campus (MMC) -- in Southwest Miami's Dade County. The area is known for thriving business and financial districts, offering a variety of potential internship opportunities for students. It is also famous for its nightlife, world-class dining and shopping, arts and cultural scene, and natural attractions on land and sea.

Location & Contact

Department of Athletic Training

College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Florida International University

11200 Southwest 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
United States

Dr. Jennifer Doherty-Restrepo


Phone: 305-348-3398
Fax: 305-348-2125

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Athletic Training Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $30
    • Application Fee - International $30
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 15th February 15th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesbachelor's degree from accredited institution; minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and in last 60 credits of upper-division courses of the bachelor's degree; three letters of recommendation; resume; personal statement of professional/educational goals
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableInstitutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchContinuing professional education, leadership styles and outcomes, professionalism and professional image
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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