Master of Athletic Training

UNI's athletic training degree program has a strong legacy of student success. The first accredited program in Iowa to offer the Master of Athletic Training (MATR) leading toward professional certification, this program prepares you to excel in a career where you can make significant contributions as a health care professional. This degree offers:

  • Highly effective hands-on learning environments: Four athletic training clinics, hydrotherapy room, research laboratory, UNI’s only cadaver lab and specially equipped classrooms
  • Clinical experiences with athletic trainers and licensed health care professionals on and off campus
  • A student-to-faculty ratio and close instructional relationships with faculty and staff that enhance your learning experience. 

You can enter this nationally accredited program with an approved bachelor's degree, or complete UNI’s new 3+2 blended program which leads to both your BA and MATR in five years. 

Student and instructor examining another student. Student and instructor examining another student.

Placement Rate

Graduates going on to secure positions in the past three years


Job Growth

Job potential well above other occupations over the next decade


Accredited Master’s Program 

Ongoing recognition of quality program with successful outcomes

Courses and Careers


Your coursework includes a rigorous set of classes as well as clinical experiences which are a required part of the curriculum. A sampling of courses: 

  • Advanced Acute Care in Athletic Training
  • Orthopedic Injury Assessment
  • Pathoetiology of Musculoskeletal Injury 
  • Therapeutic Interventions
  • General Medical Conditions
  • Preventative Health Techniques
  • Administration and Professional Development
  • Advanced Rehabilitation 
  • Mental Health Care in Athletic Training Practice
  • Gross Anatomy

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With the master’s in athletic training, you are prepared to take the national exam for certification for a career in demand. With a better than average job growth expected, you will fill needs as a certified athletic trainer in positions in various settings, including:

  • School districts, colleges and universities
  • Professional teams (NFL, NBA, MLB, etc.) 
  • Fitness and wellness organizations, small and large
  • Medical groups, clinics, occupational health, hospitals and health systems
  • Military
  • Public safety 
  • Performing arts
  • Independent practice 

New pathway to MATR

Considering your options to achieve your MATR? A new intensive, blended option provides a 3+2 alternative. As of fall 2022, this program includes three years of undergraduate studies and two years in the master's program at UNI. Upon completion, you earn both your BA and MATR. Connect with for more details.

Nationally accredited

UNI's master of athletic training program is accredited by the CAATE and will have its next comprehensive review during the 2025-2026 academic year. CAATE is located at 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3184.

CAATE accredited




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Contact us directly at:
UNI Athletic Training Program
203 WRC
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0607