WLC students in sport and exercise science lab

Athletic Training (3+2 Dual-Degree)

Our partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) provides you with an opportunity to obtain both a bachelor's degree in sport and exercise science from WLC and a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training (M.S.A.T.) from UWM in just five years rather than the typical six!

You’ll complete three years of coursework at WLC - or, if you prefer, the traditional four years - then transition to UWM for your last two years.

This accelerated program is designed for students who want to pursue a career in athletic training, allowing you to complete your master’s degree in athletic training a year earlier than typical, saving you tuition expenses and allowing you to enter the workforce with an advanced degree and begin earning income sooner.

According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, athletic trainers “collaborate with physicians in the prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries of illnesses.” If your interests include healthcare, injury prevention, rehabilitation, movement, physical activity, or wellness, a career in athletic training may be a great fit for you!

We've Partnered with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Students interested in the Christ-centered academic experience that WLC offers can now also achieve their career aspiration through advanced education at UWM. UWM’s MSAT program emphasizes interprofessional communication, a higher degree of autonomy, clinical reasoning skills, and evidence-based practice that allows graduates to actively engage in the rapidly changing science surrounding healthcare practice. The Master of Science in Athletic Training program at UWM is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), and students passing the Board of Certification exam become credentialed athletic trainers.

Explore the UWM Athletic Training Master's Program

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rise of sports-related activity in older adults has increased the need for athletic trainers. The profession is expected to grow 17% through 2031, much faster than the average. About 2,500 openings for athletic trainers are projected each year, on average, over the decade.

Projections from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development indicate that from 2020-2028, there will be a 10% increase in the number of athletic training jobs in the state of Wisconsin, and a 9% increase in the greater Milwaukee area (Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha and Washington counties).

Our sport and exercise science majors learn by doing, taking advantage of small, active, and participatory lab experiences. These labs provide hands-on training and experiential learning opportunities with the same equipment used by athletic trainers in the field. Our Sport & Exercise Science Lab features gold-standard equipment, including a hydrostatic weighing tank for underwater weighing and body composition measurements, Watt and Monark bikes, force plates, and a force plate treadmill.

Athletic Training Advising Resources

Connect with Sport and Exercise Science Faculty

Hannah Bartels
Hannah Bartels Biology, Sport and Exercise Science Assistant Professor 414.443.8697 hannah.bartels@wlc.edu
Rachel Kuehl
Rachel Kuehl Sport and Exercise Science Associate Lecturer/Head of Sport & Exercise Science 414.443.8885 rachel.kuehl@wlc.edu
Bethany Zeitler
Bethany Zeitler Sport and Exercise Science Assistant Lecturer 414.443.8874 bethany.zeitler@wlc.edu