Athletic Training



Athletic Training, B.A.  

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Athletic TrainingThe School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services offers a major in athletic training. It prepares students for the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination, as well as for eligibility to earn an athletic training license in the state of Iowa. The curriculum is based on cognitive and psychomotor learning experiences. The University of Northern Iowa's athletic training education program was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on October 19, 2001. The program was reaccredited under the new standards by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) in 2006 and is up for reaccreditation in 2012.

According to the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA): "Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences." (Referenced January 27, 2011:

The American Medical Association (AMA) recognizes athletic training as an allied health care profession. The AMA also recommends certified athletic trainers in every high school because they are recognized as experts in the prevention, evaluation and care of injuries suffered by the physically active population.

As part of a complete health care team, the ATC works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care professionals, athletic administrators, coaches and parents. The ATC can also build relationships with each individual athlete, which allows the ATC to treat injuries more effectively.

Admission into the Athletic Training Program


Plan of Study

Discover the courses you'll take as an athletics training major in the Plan of Study.

Unique Features: 
  • Excellent teaching faculty
  • Excellent clinical instructors
  • Nationally recognized student research
  • Program is housed in the state-of-the-art Human Performance Center
  • Opportunities to participate in state and national organizations for athletic trainers
  • Opportunity to participate in the UNI Student Athletic Trainers Organization (UNISATO)
  • Accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • Sixteen different field experiences in a variety of settings
  • Experiential learning experiences with all age groups
  • Excellent laboratory settings
  • 100 percent placement rate of students on graduation
Athletic Training Program Admission

Admission into the athletic training program is competitive and is based upon cumulative grade point average, pre-requisite course grades, application materials, recommendations and interview results. Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and a minimum of 30 hours of observation with a certified athletic trainer in order to apply. Students must apply for admission by March 1 of each year and may apply while enrolled in pre-requisite courses. The UNI faculty help prospective students achieve their observation experience through their student peer-mentoring program. Students do not need to acquire their observation experience prior to enrolling at UNI, but experiences obtained outside of UNI can be included. Students must also complete, or be enrolled in an introductory athletic training as part of the application requirements. Notification of admittance will be made during the spring semester. Once notified of admittance into the athletic training program, students must provide physician certification that they are physically capable of handling the duties required of an athletic training student. In addition, students complete, and receive course credit for, an ongoing field experience while they are enrolled in the program which currently takes at least six semesters to complete plus one summer session. Specific program application requirements as well as an updated program application can be found at the UNI Athletic Training Education Program website or by contacting Kelli Snyder, the UNI Undergraduate Athletic Director.

All materials must be submitted by March 1 to:
Machelle Stickler
Athletic Training Education Program
2351 Hudson Road, 003 Human Performance Center
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0244

Transfer Procedures for Athletic Training

The UNI Athletic Training Education Program welcomes transfer students have admitted many transfer students. However, transfer students fall under two distinctly different categories: 1) students who are already enrolled in a CAATE accredited program at another University, and 2) students who are not already enrolled in a CAATE accredited program. The transfer requirements for each category are distinctly different as well and should be discussed in advance with Kelli Snyder.


In January of 2008, the Division of Athletic Training officially moved into the first floor of the Human Performance Center. Their space includes all faculty and staff offices, an athletic training classroom, athletic training research laboratory, athletic training room, hydrotherapy room, conference room, reception area, a cadaver laboratory, and graduate student office suites. In addition, the Cedar Valley Medical Specialists P.C. opened their offices in the HPC and offer orthopedic, physical therapy, and diagnostic imaging services to the public.

Scholarships & Awards: 

More information on department scholarships can found at Financial Aid.