Catalog 2010-2012

Athletic Training

Academic Standard Policy

Major Requirements

  1. Students should indicate their interest in majoring in the B.A. Athletic Training any time after their admission to UNI by completing the Declaration of Curriculum form, and selecting the choice to continue as a student at UNI as a prospective major of Athletic Training. Thereafter, students will be considered prospective majors and will be expected to attend departmental advising sessions at regularly scheduled intervals.  Students will remain prospective students until they successfully complete the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) requirements.  All documents can be downloaded from the ATEP Web site at
  2. A student's freshman year shall be devoted primarily to completing the prerequisite core in Athletic Training (42T:023). Liberal Arts Core and/or electives should be taken by students to complete their schedules.
  3. Students desiring to apply to the athletic training program must do the following:
    • Obtain an application packet from room 003 in the Human Performance Center (HPC).
    • Submit all materials by March 1st of each year to the Athletic Training Program office (HPC 003).
    • Students may apply while enrolled in the prerequisite courses.
  4. Admission into the athletic training program is competitive, therefore the following criteria shall be used for determination of acceptance as a fully declared Athletic Training major:
    • Cumulative grade point average (2.50 minimum GPA accepted);
    • Introduction to Athletic Training grade (42T:023);
    • Application materials;
    • Recommendations;
    • Interview results;
    • Athletic Training Observation (minimum of 30 hours of observation) with a Certified Athletic Trainer;
    • Peer Mentoring learning objectives.
  5. A committee of faculty, staff, and students will be assigned to the acceptance committee and will review the applications.
  6. Notification of admittance will be made at the end of Spring semester.
  7. Upon acceptance into the athletic training program, a student will be converted to a major status by the department and must do the following within 30 days of notification of acceptance:
    • Send a letter of acceptance via email to the ATEP Program Director.
    • Begin the Hepatitis B Vaccination series or sign the waiver form.
    • Provide physician certification that they are physically capable of handling the duties required of an athletic training student.
    • Complete the Athletic Training Education Program=s Technical Standards Form.
    • Complete all other paper work available at the ATEP office.
  8. Students not accepted into the program will be restricted from taking Athletic Training courses beyond 42T:023.
  9. Transfer students entering UNI shall be subject to the admission and acceptance requirements listed above.
  10. To graduate from UNI with an Athletic Training major, students must:
    • Maintain current CPR, OSHA, and First Aid certifications.
    • Pass an annual physical.
    • Maintain a 2.50 cumulative GPA, and 3.00 GPA for Athletic Training courses.
    • Complete a minimum of 160 hours, maximum of 320 hours, of field experience each semester, depending on their level in the program (1st, 2nd, or 3rd year).
    • Be enrolled in the athletic training program for six semesters or a minimum of four semesters if transferring.
      • Please note that if a student wishes to transfer to UNI they must complete the six semesters of athletic training education and field experience. A student may transfer prior class work and field experiences but must request the petition forms from the athletic training program. (Additional transfer student policies are available at the ATEP office.)
      • Transfer students should assume that they would be in the program for three academic years unless petitioning for acceptance of prior course work and/or field experiences.
    • Follow the athletic training curricular plan as outlined in the student handbook.
    • Complete and follow the athletic training curricular plan as outlined in the student handbook.
    • Complete the Athletic Training major.
  11. All other program information is available at the athletic training program office or our Web site


The Athletic Training major requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements (pages xxx-xxx) and the following specified major requirements, plus electives to complete the minimum of 120 hours. Liberal Arts Core courses included in major program requirements are distinguished by italics.

The Athletic Training major is designed to prepare students to become athletic training professionals. It prepares students for the National Athletic Training Board of Certification Examination as well as eligibility for an Athletic Training License in the State of Iowa. The curriculum is based upon cognitive and psychomotor learning experiences. The athletic training education program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).


Prerequisite core:

  Athletic Training: 42T:023 (or the equivalent).....2 hours

Required core:

  Biology: 840:101*; 840:102 8 hours

  Physical Education: 420:153**; 420:157***.....6 hours

  Athletic Training: 42T:024 (or the equivalent); 42T:028; 42T:033; 42T:034; 42T:110; 42T:134; 42T:135; 42T:137; 42T:138; 42T:140 (6-12 hrs. - minimum 6 hrs. but may be
  repeated for maximum of 12 hrs., over four to six semesters); 42T:143; 42T:144; 42T:157; 42T:158; 42T:162; 42T:165; 42T:170; 42T:175.....37-43 hours

53-59 hours


*840:101 prerequisites are not required for Athletic Training majors.

**420:153 prerequisite is satisfied by 420:050 or 42T:028 for Athletic Training majors.

***420:157 prerequisite is satisfied by 42T:028 for Athletic Training majors.