The University of Wisconsin–La Crosse is a member of the University of Wisconsin system and enrolls approximately 10,000 students. The athletic training program is housed in the College of Science and Health’s Department of Exercise and Sport Science (ESS). The college houses over half the students enrolled in the University. The largest departments in the College are the Departments of Biology and ESS. The Department of ESS offers three undergraduate and four graduate programs. Undergraduate programs in Physical Education Teacher Education, Exercise Science and Sport Management are home to over 900 students. Four graduate programs in Athletic Training, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Human Performance, and Physical Education Teacher Education house an additional 50 students. Over 40 faculty and staff provide instruction and academic programming. The College and Department have outstanding academic reputations in Wisconsin, the Midwest, and the nation.
The Athletic Training Program at UW-L has offered educational opportunities for nearly 40 years. The program first received accreditation as an educational program from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) in 1980, with subsequent accreditations in 1985, 1990, 1996, 2001, 2007, 2012, and 2015. For the first 22 years, the program was the only accredited program in Wisconsin. Interest in the program far exceeds the number of students it can accommodate. The athletic training program’s students have been outstanding, and administrative support is high, thus preparing excellent athletic trainers to help meet the need for quality health care in a variety of settings.