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Become an Athletic Trainer

Athletic Trainers are health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries resulting from physical activity. As part of the complete healthcare team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician, and in cooperation with other healthcare professionals, athletics administrators, coaches and parents. Athletic Trainers may be found in a variety of settings such as: high school, collegiate, professional athletics, rehabilitation or industrial clinics and military instillation.

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Clinical Education Opportunities

As a legendary sports-rich community, Green Bay and Northeast Wisconsin offer a wealth of clinical opportunities for athletic training students. Clinical education will include opportunities with market-leading medical institutions and a range of professional, minor league, collegiate and high school sports.

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Program Vision

The UW-Green Bay Master of Athletic Training program is committed to graduating students that practice athletic training using an evidence-based approach while incorporating patient values in a variety of health care settings.

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UW-Green Bay offers a wide array of graduate programs taught by faculty with exceptional research and professional experience at an affordable price.

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Average salary (2018)
Typically, athletic trainers with a masters degree earn a salary of $38,000-$79,000 per year.


Growth in Athletic Training jobs in U.S. (2014-2024)


Increase in Athletic Training jobs in Wis. (2012-2022)

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Projected time to degree
Students with a baccalaureate degree (with prerequisite courses) will complete the degree in two years, including summers.

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Athletic Training at UW-Green Bay

UW-Green Bay's William Gear

Meet William Gear

William Gear is an Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Master of Athletic Training program at UW-Green Bay. Professor Gear has more than 20 years of experience as an athletic trainer and educator. Dr. Gear’s research interests include examining the effect various lower extremity taping techniques have on balance and stability in injured and non-injured populations, and joint proprioception changes due to increasing muscular fatigue and how this relates to joint injury.

Professor Gear is also here to help! If you have any questions about the Athletic Training program, please contact us!

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CAATE Accreditation Status

UW-Green Bay is currently seeking accreditation for their new Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution submitted a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2020. Submission of the self­-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.

Professional Licensure

A number of programs at UW-Green Bay require licensure and/or certifications in order to practice in the field. We’re proud to provide students with the education background and foundations required to pursue these dynamic and essential careers. Using the Professional Licensure Table, you can review professional licensure and certification requirements, for both Wisconsin and all other states. If you have questions about licensure, academic programs or career paths, please contact us at 920-465-2111.