Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, and therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions to active patients, including athletes.

The Bachelor of Science with a major in athletic training requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including a 1 s.h. prerequisite for application to the professional phase of the program, 37-39 s.h. of prerequisites for the major, and 50 s.h. of course work for the major. Students also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program. The professional phase of the program provides a hybrid of three full years of concentrated didactic and clinical experiences that lead to eligibility for the Board of Certification (BOC) for the athletic trainer examination.

Admission to the professional phase of the athletic training program is competitive with a maximum of 18 students admitted for each cohort. Students must apply, meet technical standards, and comply with health and safety policies. All application materials are due April 1 each year and applicants must have at least 11 s.h. of graded college credit, including ATEP:1010 Exploring Athletic Training with a grade of C or higher; 50 hours of observation under a certified athletic trainer; and a g.p.a. of at least 2.50 on all undergraduate course work. A personal interview also is required. Preference is given to applicants with high scholastic standing, strong writing skills, and varied athletic training experiences. Contact the program director for a complete list of application requirements or to obtain the application materials.

Upon admission to the professional phase of the program, students are required to submit a health physical and record of immunizations. Students also are required to complete an annual background check. Failure to pass a background check may preclude a student from completing the athletic training program. Students are required to maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.70 and earn a grade of C or higher in all program course work while in the professional phase of the program.

Early and consistent advising for course selection is necessary to ensure that prerequisites and sequenced courses are taken in a specific order. Students should begin taking prerequisite course work for the major during their first semester on campus and complete the final prerequisites during their first year in the professional phase of the program.

The B.S. with a major in athletic training requires the following course work.

Admission Prerequisite1
Prerequisites to Course Work for the Major37-39
Courses for the Major50
Total Hours88-90

Admission Prerequisite

Students must complete this course before they apply for admission to the athletic training major.

ATEP:1010Exploring Athletic Training1

Prerequisites to Course Work for the Major

Students must complete the following courses as they begin course work for the major (37-39 s.h.).

One of these:
BIOL:1140Human Biology4
BIOL:1411Foundations of Biology4
One of these sequences (consult advisor):
CHEM:1070 & CHEM:1080General Chemistry I-II6
CHEM:1110 & CHEM:1120Principles of Chemistry I-II8
All of these:
ATEP:1200First Aid/CPR Athletic Training2
ATEP:2030Basic Athletic Training3
HHP:1100Human Anatomy3
HHP:2310Nutrition and Health3
PHYS:1511College Physics I4
PSQF:1075Educational Psychology and Measurement3
PSY:1001Elementary Psychology3
SRM:1045Health for Living3
STAT:1020/PSQF:1020Elementary Statistics and Inference (or equivalent)3

Courses for the Major

Students must complete the following course work for the major (50 s.h.).

All of these:
ATEP:2010Practicum in Athletic Training I2
ATEP:2020Practicum in Athletic Training II2
ATEP:2040Clinical Sciences I2
ATEP:2060Advanced Emergency Care for Athletic Trainers2
ATEP:3010Clinical Sciences III3
ATEP:3020Clinical Sciences V: Rehabilitation2
ATEP:3030Practicum in Athletic Training III (must be taken twice)6
ATEP:3040Clinical Sciences IV3
ATEP:4010Administration of Athletic Training Programs2
ATEP:4187Practicum in Athletic Training IV4
ATEP:4188Practicum in Athletic Training V4
HHP:2350Biomechanics of Sport and Physical Activity (or higher-level course)3
HHP:3500Human Physiology (or equivalent)3
HHP:3060Advanced Human Anatomy for Athletic Trainers4
PCOL:2120Drugs: Their Nature, Action, and Use2
RCE:4199Counseling for Related Professions3
One of these (consult advisor):
HHP:3400Applied Exercise Physiology3
HHP:4410Exercise Physiology3

Honors in the Major

Students have the opportunity to graduate with honors in the major. Departmental honors students must maintain an overall g.p.a. of at least 3.33 in work for their major.

University of Iowa Honors Program

In addition to honors in the major, students have opportunities for honors study and activities through membership in the University of Iowa Honors Program. Visit Honors at Iowa to learn about the University's honors program.

Membership in the UI Honors Program is not required to earn honors in the athletic training major.

Four-Year Graduation Plan

The following checkpoints list the minimum requirements students must complete by certain semesters in order to stay on the University's Four-Year Graduation Plan. Courses in the major are those required to complete the major; they may be offered by departments other than the major department.

Students entering the major in athletic training must be admitted to the major on schedule in order to complete the Four-Year Graduation Plan.

Before the fifth semester begins: nine courses in the major

Before the seventh semester begins: at least 90 s.h. earned toward the degree

Before the eighth semester: three more courses in the major (total of 12)

During the eighth semester: enrollment in all remaining course work in the major, all remaining General Education courses, and a sufficient number of semester hours to graduate

Employment opportunities for graduates include work as health care professionals for sports medicine clinics, patient care settings, preventive care settings, industrial settings, and hospitals. Graduates often work with secondary school athletic teams. Additional education usually is required for employment with professional, college, and university athletic teams and for specialized positions in corporations, industry, and other areas. Teacher certification is recommended but not required.

The University of Iowa's athletic training program has an outstanding placement rate. About half its graduates are admitted to graduate or professional schools, while others are employed in hospitals or clinics. Typically, 100 percent of graduates are awarded graduate assistantships or find employment.

The Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.