Sports Medicine/Athletic Trainer Option, Liberal Arts A.A.


would you like to work one-on-one with athletes to keep THEM IN THEir BEST PHYSICAL SHAPE?

Are you interested in the medical field and how it applies to athletes? Do you get excited thinking about working with sports teams and individual athletes in diagnosing, preventing and caring for various bone and muscle injuries? Sports medicine athletic training could be the program designed for you!

As an athletic trainer, you can work in various educational settings such as schools, universities, hospitals, fitness centers  or with professional teams. 

This specific option will prepare you to enter upper‐division studies in sports medicine and athletic training. We offer the necessary prerequisites for Florida University Baccalaureate Programs. The completion of a four-year program will prepare you to work with injury prevention and recognition, immediate care, rehabilitation, health care management and professional development in a sports medicine environment. Students pursuing the athletic training option are required to pass The National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC).

If you're interested in using this program to gain admission to medical school, you should consult the medical advisor to determine the appropriate sequence of courses.

It is strongly recommended that you are familiar with the admission requirements of the university you plan to attend.

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Program Roadmap

Contact the Advisor

Carl Kleinschmidt
Coordinator, Aquatics & Wellness


Who is eligible for the Sports medicine/athletic trainer option, Liberal Arts A.A. program?

If you are a high school graduate, you can apply to this program.

If you have earned credits from a regionally accredited college or university, you may have a head start at Gulf Coast State College.  


  • You'll get a great education with one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
  • With small class sizes and professors who care, you'll get the personal attention you deserve.
  • More than 90% of our graduates would recommend Gulf Coast State College to others.

How do I apply to sports medicine/athletic trainer Option, liberal arts a.a. program?

To apply, you’ll need to complete the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College.  Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.


Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.

How do I apply for financial aid and scholarships?

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about  scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.

2022-2023 Catalog Requirements

Communications Area  CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
+*ENC1102, English II 3
Humanities Area
Visual and Performing Arts See General Education Requirement 3
Philosophy/Religion See General Education Requirement 3
Literature See General Education Requirement 3
Mathematics Area
•+*STA2023, Statistics 3
+*MAC1114, Plane Trigonometry 3
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science •+*CHM1045, General Chemistry (or higher level) 3
Biological Science •+*BSC2010, Biology for Science Majors I 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences See General Education Requirement 3
History See General Education Requirement 3
Government See General Education Requirement 3
Additional Common Prerequisites
BSC2010L, Biology for Science Majors I Lab 1
•+*BSC2085, Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BSC2085L, Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
+*BSC2086, Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BSC2086L, Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
+*CHM1045L, General Chemistry Lab 1
•+ PHY2053, College Physics I 3
+ PHY2053L, College Physics I Lab 1
HUN1201, Principles of Nutrition 3
+*MAC1140, Precalculus Algebra 3
Electives 4



• General Education Core. Students must complete at least one identified core course in each area of study—Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences—as part of the general education course requirements.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required. See course descriptions.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

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Division Chair

Mike Kandler
Wellness and Athletics
850-769-1551 extension 3830