Pre-Athletic Training Emphasis

A foundation for a future in healthcare

Have a passion for a career in athletic training? UNI’s pre-athletic training emphasis within the kinesiology major is a great place to start your journey!

In this program, led by faculty and staff who are licensed healthcare providers, you’ll benefit from student-centered, hands-on instruction and evidence-based learning. You’ll gain valuable clinical experience with healthcare professionals in some of the best facilities around — both on and off campus. Even as an undergraduate, you can conduct research with our faculty AND you’ll get the opportunity to explore human anatomy in UNI’s only human cadaver lab.  

As one of the strongest pre-health majors on campus, this degree serves as a foundation for advanced studies — and future careers in demand.

Athletic training students in the McLeod training room.

86% 
Career Placement

85.7% of students reported full-time paid employment upon graduation.

17 - 23%  Projected Growth

Projected demand for occupational or physical therapists and athletic trainers.

CAATE Accredited MATR

UNI's Master of Athletic Training is the first program in Iowa to be Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited.

CONTACT US

Interested in Majoring?

Contact us directly at:

UNI Athletic Training Program
Phone: (319) 273-7401
Email: athletic-training@uni.edu






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PATHWAYS OF STUDY

(A master’s degree is required for an Athletic Training national certification)

4+2 PROGRAM

This is a traditional pathway to the acquisition of a Master’s in Athletic Training at UNI.

STEP 1: Complete 4 years of 
undergraduate education at UNI (120 credits):

- UNIFI (general education credits)
- Major of your choice (Biology, Kinesiology 
with Pre-Athletic Training emphasis or other)
- AT prerequisites 

STEP 2: Complete 2 years of 
graduate education at UNI (54 credits)

3+2 PROGRAM

This pathway speeds up the acquisition of a Master’s in Athletic Training at UNI by completing a blended undergraduate/graduate degree.

STEP 1: Complete 4 years of 
undergraduate education at UNI (120 credits):

- UNIFI (general education credits)
- Major in Kinesiology with Pre-Athletic Training emphasis
- AT prerequisites 

STEP 2: Complete 2 years of 
graduate education at UNI (54 credits)

ATHLETIC TRAINING PREREQUISITES

BIOL 2052 - General Biology: Cell Structure and Function
BIOL 3101 - Anatomy and Physiology I (or equivalent)
BIOL 3102 - Anatomy and Physiology II (or equivalent)
CHEM 1110 - General Chemistry I
PHYSICS 1511 - General Physics I
STAT 1772 - Introduction to Statistical Methods
PSYCH 1001 - Introduction to Psychology

Beyond the Classroom

Field Experience

What you learn in class is enhanced by your experiences in the field and labs with this degree. And, you’ll have plenty of opportunities, with on-campus training facilities, hydrotherapy room, research laboratory and UNI’s only cadaver lab. With UNI’s Division I college sport teams and community partnerships with local clinics, high schools and colleges, options abound for practical, hands-on learning. 

athletic training clinical anatomy class

Field Experience

What you learn in class is enhanced by your experiences in the field and labs with this degree. And, you’ll have plenty of opportunities, with on-campus training facilities, hydrotherapy room, research laboratory and UNI’s only cadaver lab. With UNI’s Division I college sport teams and community partnerships with local clinics, high schools and colleges, options abound for practical, hands-on learning. 

athletic training clinical anatomy class