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.
|Prerequisites to Course Work for the Major||37-39|
|Courses for the Major||50|
Students must complete this course before they apply for admission to the athletic training major.
|ATEP:1010||Exploring Athletic Training||1|
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:1411||Foundations of Biology||4|
|One of these sequences (consult advisor):|
|CHEM:1070 & CHEM:1080||General Chemistry I-II||6|
|CHEM:1110 & CHEM:1120||Principles of Chemistry I-II||8|
|All of these:|
|ATEP:1200||First Aid/CPR Athletic Training||2|
|ATEP:2030||Basic Athletic Training||3|
|HHP:2310||Nutrition and Health||3|
|PHYS:1511||College Physics I||4|
|PSQF:1075||Educational Psychology and Measurement||3|
|SRM:1045||Health for Living||3|
|STAT:1020/PSQF:1020||Elementary 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:2010||Practicum in Athletic Training I||2|
|ATEP:2020||Practicum in Athletic Training II||2|
|ATEP:2040||Clinical Sciences I||2|
|ATEP:2060||Advanced Emergency Care for Athletic Trainers||2|
|ATEP:3010||Clinical Sciences III||3|
|ATEP:3020||Clinical Sciences V: Rehabilitation||2|
|ATEP:3030||Practicum in Athletic Training III (must be taken twice)||6|
|ATEP:3040||Clinical Sciences IV||3|
|ATEP:4010||Administration of Athletic Training Programs||2|
|ATEP:4187||Practicum in Athletic Training IV||4|
|ATEP:4188||Practicum in Athletic Training V||4|
|HHP:2350||Biomechanics of Sport and Physical Activity (or higher-level course)||3|
|HHP:3500||Human Physiology (or equivalent)||3|
|HHP:3060||Advanced Human Anatomy for Athletic Trainers||4|
|PCOL:2120||Drugs: Their Nature, Action, and Use||2|
|RCE:4199||Counseling for Related Professions||3|
|One of these (consult advisor):|
|HHP:3400||Applied Exercise Physiology||3|
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.