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The Department of Athletic Training at FIU

The fast-growing profession of Athletic Training (AT) is a specialty practiced by athletic trainers, who are health care professionals that collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. As “first responders on the field,” Athletic Training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.

FIU’s Department of Athletic Training offers an accredited professional Master of Science in Athletic Training (MS-AT) degree program in the state of Florida and was one of the first to offer a professional master’s AT program in the nation. The Department now offers the first Doctor of Athletic Training degree program in the Southeast United States. The Department also has an established chapter of the national honor society for athletic training students and graduates, Iota Tau Alpha.

FIU’s Department of Athletic Training is also uniquely positioned to educate and graduate minority athletic trainers to meet the needs of the growing minority population both nationally and locally. Our programs instills critical thinking, problem solving, ethical reasoning abilities and interpersonal skills required to be successful in the athletic training profession. Students who graduate from the program become dedicated professionals involved in the athletic training profession in terms of continuing education, leadership, and professional responsibility.


Facts At a Glance

  • The FIU Athletic Training Program is a diverse program that successfully attracts students from minority and under-represented populations from across the country and abroad.
  • The FIU Athletic Training Program has a high first-time pass rate on the Board of Certification exam. The classes of 2011, 2012, and 2013 have a 100% first-time pass rate.
  • Graduates have secured employment in a variety of settings including UHZ Sports Medicine Institute, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, professional sports organizations in the U.S. and abroad, and other clinical settings such as Pinecrest Physical Therapy.
  • Employment of athletic trainers is expected to grow by 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree. (


Alumni Experience - Gigi Auguste

Dr. Keith Hechtman, FIU Team Physician

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