AT Program Portfolio Process for Admission

Admission Requirements

Acceptance into the AT Program  requires a secondary application (portfolio) process beyond that required for admission into the University of Florida. Due to the competitive nature and restricted capacity, the Board of Governors has designated the AT Program a Limited Access Program. Please review the most recent version of the UF Undergraduate Catalog and speak to your academic advisor. Portfolio materials are due to Ms. Lori Gibbs in the APK advising office (room 190E) on or before February 1st of the sophomore year.

Portfolio Process for Admission

(Required Documents Listed in Parenthesis)

AT Program admission requires successful completion of all pre-requisite requirements prior to enrollment (Summer B). The AT Program grants conditional admission until applicants meet all requirements. The AT Program may deny admission if a student fails to meet conditional admission requirements prior to the Summer B admission term. Ms. Lori Gibbs (AT Program assistant) distributes application packets in FLG room 190E on or after October 15th each academic year.

Portfolio Requirements:

  • Completion of 100 Observation Hours under the supervision of an AT (Clinical Experience Observation Form)
    • Completion of pre-AT student observation hours occur during the freshman and/or sophomore year (or during completion of an Associate’s degree).
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (Supervising AT, Pre-AT Academic Faculty) (Recommendation Forms)
  • Letter of Intent (Please draft a typed/professional letter addressed to the AT Steering Committee. Please include information that helps the committee understand why the applicant chose a career in Athletic Training, academic/professional goals, relevant pre-AT experiences that shaped the applicants reason for select the AT program, etc.)
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Training Certificate (Students should complete the UF Environmental Health and Safety Training for BBP (UF_EHS850C – Clinical Audience) via the “myTraining” site and provide the completion certificate, valid through the end of the application semester)
  • Complete HIPAA Training via “myTraining” (see instructions for access at the UF Privacy Office website)  and the Confidentiality Statement (health) information via the left-hand menu of the Privacy website. Students must provide a copy of the HIPAA certificate and signed Confidentiality (health) statement.  Important note: HIPAA and Confidentiality training expires December 31st annually so you will need to renew in January of the application year; all students should have training current through the application year.
  • Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) Certification (Provide a Copy of the Card); for details regarding acceptable ECC certification, please refer to the AT Program website.
  • Comply with Communicable Disease Policies (Signed Active Communicable Disease Policies Form)
  • Current Immunization Record [HBV Vaccination or signed waiver, Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine or signed waiver, Tuberculosis Skin Test (PPD negative), MMR, Td (Tetanus)/Diphtheria or/and Tdap within last 10 years, Varicella (Chicken pox) vaccine or history of disease and Flu vaccination for the current season] (Immunization, Wellness and Health Insurance Attestation Form)
  • Attestation by medical provider student meets immunization and Technical Standards requirements (Immunization, Wellness and Health Insurance Attestation Form)
  • Health Insurance Coverage (Immunization, Wellness and Health Insurance Attestation Form)
  • Meet Technical Standards with or without accommodations (Technical Standards Form)
  • Admission into the University of Florida’s Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology [Transfer Students]. All transfer students must meet the requirements for Summer B admission and apply by February 1st
  • Upon selection for admission consideration, candidates must complete an interview with AT Steering Committee
  • Completion of all Common Pre-requisites as outlined by the Florida Board of Governors for Athletic Training in the State University System (Official Transcript and Advising Form)
  • Completion of at least 60 credit hours, including General Education and Words (Gordon Rule) requirements (Official Transcript and Advising Form)
  • Overall and Critical Tracking GPA > 3.0/4.0 (Official Transcript and Advising Form)
  • “B” (3.0/4.0) or higher in Anatomy (APK 2100 with lab or equivalent) and Physiology (APK 2105c with lab or equivalent) (Official Transcript and Advising Form)

The AT Program notifies candidates on or before April 1st regarding admission. 

Selection Criteria

Selection of students is competitive based on successful completion of the portfolio process for admission. Admission occurs once each academic year, and begins the Summer B term. After evaluation of portfolio requirements, the AT Steering Committee selects admission candidates. The UF AT Program may take up to 20 deserving individuals a year, but reserves the right to admit fewer students.

Transfer Students

Please review the admissions requirements listed above and the transfer information on the AT transfer website. The AT Program grants admission to those candidates who meet all program admission requirements as outlined above. The registrar and AT Program Director evaluates all coursework completed, regardless of institution to determine whether the course objectives meet those required for admission into the UF AT Program. Students may be required to provide the syllabus from a course completed at another institution as part of the evaluation process.  If a course completed at another institution does not meet the requirements for the UF AT Program, the student may be required to re-take the course at UF prior to admission.

All high school students who will graduate high school with their Associate of Arts (AA) degree must apply to the University of Florida as a freshman. Direct admission into the AT program is not permitted; therefore, students will apply to the Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology and declare the major “APK or AT-Pre” for at least 1 academic year before applying to the AT Program.  Please note — admission to the University and/or Department doesn’t guarantee admission into the AT Program. Students must follow the same portfolio/secondary admission process outlined above.