Athletic Training Internship

About the Athletic Training Internship Program
The UCSB Athletic Training internship program is dedicated to enhancing the educational experiences of students interested in entering the health care profession (i.e. Certified Athletic Trainer, Physical Therapist, Physician, Physician's Assistant, etc.). Education for the athletic training students is our number one goal. Students will not only be exposed to the academic aspects of athletic training, but also to the clinical aspects of this profession.

Along with the opportunity to work with NCAA Division I athletics, students will also be exposed to coaches, physicians, physical therapists, and administration. Within the program, students will work directly under Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC) to acquire knowledge and skills related to the domains of athletic training including injury prevention, assessment, rehabilitation, and administration, which can be valuable to all health care professions.

Athletic training students are expected to work hard in the athletic training facility and in the classroom. Each student is expected to treat the athletic training facility like a work place. In order to be considered for the program, students must be willing to commit to the following:

Minimum Requirements: 1st Year

  • 1 year commitment starting in the fall
  • 6 hours, 1 home event coverage, plus 1 hour in-service per week
  • CPR certification when entering the program.  CPR certification can be arranged by the department.
  • Highly encouraged to take ESS 47: Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System during the first year, if the course is available.

*Students are recommended to take Human Anatomy (w/lab) and Physiology (w/lab) where available.

*The first quarter is an observation stage with minimal hands on experience.  As students gain more experience in the second and third quarter, they will have more duties in the program.

*Students will be evaluated at the end of the year for consideration for the following year, probation period, or dismissal from the program.

Minimum Requirements: 2nd-4th Year

  • Full year commitment starting in the fall
  • Hours are TBD based on sports assignments, all home event coverage for assigned sport, and 1 hour in-service per week
  • CPR certification
  • Take ESS 101: Physiology of Exercise (if available) and ESS 150: Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries during the year

*Students are recommended to take Human Anatomy (w/lab) and Physiology (w/lab) where available.

*Students entering their 2nd through 4th year in the program will be assigned a specific sport each quarter.

We are dedicated to our profession and the education of future athletic trainers. Any students interested in the program should fill out the application below and contact Katie Susskind.  

Student Application

As of December 31, 2003 the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) only allows candidates who have successfully completed an entry-level CAATE accredited athletic training program to take the National Board Exam to become a certified athletic trainer.

UCSB currently does not hold a CAATE accredited athletic training education program. The Department of Exercise & Sport Studies (ESS), Division of Social Sciences, offers certificate programs in Sports Management, Personal Training, Health & Wellness, and Group Fitness Instruction.  The ESS Department also offers independent study courses and additional minors that may be of interest.  Contact the ESS Department for more information. Students interested in schools that offer entry-level athletic training education programs at the undergraduate-level and graduate-level should check the following link and go directly to the school's website for specific information, requirements, and pre-requisite coursework.