Undergraduate Athletic Training Program

Mission Statement


The mission of the University of Northern Iowa Athletic Training Program is to prepare students to become BOC certified athletic trainers and to obtain employment that will allow them to make significant contributions as a health care professional.  The curriculum will include didactic and clinical experiences that will focus on the Athletic Training Educational Competencies and Clinical Integration Profiencies. 




The Division of Athletic Training at UNI boasts five tenure line faculty and numerous clinical experience supervisors both on and off campus.  The faculty and clinical experience supervisors have a variety of expertise and experiences that are brought to the classroom and clinical settings to provide students with a variety of talents.


Accreditation Status


The University of Northern Iowa's Athletic Training Program was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP) from October 19, 2001 through July 1, 2006.  Effective July 1, 2006, existing CAAHEP accredited programs were transitioned into the new accrediting agency, or the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE).  Therefore, the UNI ATP is now accredited by CAATE as of July 1, 2006.

The School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services offers a major in Athletic Training.  The athletic training program prepares students for the National Athletic Training Board of Certification (BOC) Examination.  In addition, UNI graduates are also eligible for an Athletic Training License in the State of Iowa.  In order to become eligible to sit for the BOC examination, students within this major must complete all of the course work within the pre-professional and professional areas.  In addition, students will complete a clinical experience requirement each semester.


Undergraduate Applicant Requirements


Application Procedures

Students should submit the following materials to Machelle Stickler by March 1st of each year. 

    Application - Word

    Application - PDF  

Send Application Materials to:

Machelle Stickler
Athletic Training Education Program
2351 Hudson Road, Human Performance Center
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0244
Further questions regarding UNI's Athletic Training Education Program should be directed to our Undergraduate Program Director, Kelli Snyder (319-273-7401) or kelli.snyder@uni.edu. 


Notification of Admittance

The applicant will receive a letter indicating his/her status no later than the fourth week in April.

Program Requirements for Athletic Training Students


Students in the Athletic Training Program are required to meet specific requirements in addition to university requirements for graduation.  Many of the AT Program requirements are mandated by CAATE and are designed to prepare students for the Board of Certification examination upon graduation.  The following is the minimum requirements for athletic training students.

  • 1st year students:  Average of 10 hours each week
  • 2nd year students:  Average of 15 hours each week
  • 3rd year students:  Average of 20 hours each week


Clinical Experiences


The clinical experience rotations are designed to provide the students the opportunity to practically apply what they have been learning in the classroom.  Each student is required to have a minimum and maximum number of field experience hours each semester.

During the clinical experience, the students may only utilize the clinical proficiencies that they have passed off during the clinical experience courses.  Therefore, the clinical experience rotations will be as specific as possible to the courses which the student is currently taking or has previously taken.


First Year Athletic Training Students

First year athletic training students will rotate through four seven-week clinical rotations.  These rotations will include a variety of male and female sports, as well as high-risk and low-risk sports.

UNI Athletics and Athletic Training Facilities

UNI Athletics


Second Year Athletic Training Students

The second year students will have four 7-week long clinical experiences.  The locations of the off campus sites include, but are not limited to, the following:

    Cedar Valley Medical Specialists

    Waterloo East High School

    Waterloo West High School

    Columbus High School

    Cedar Falls High School

    Waterloo Black Hawks Hockey


Third Year Athletic Training Students

Third year students will have one (1) year-long rotation at one of the clinical experience sites.