Athletic trainers work with physicians, patients, and clients to prevent, diagnose, and intervene in emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.

Why Study at Iowa?

Iowa's Athletic Training Program combines the course work and clinical experiences students need to be eligible for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. The program prepares students for careers in clinical health care settings and for athletic training positions in high school or college athletics.

The program is unique among similar programs nationally because it is cosponsored by departments in two separate parts of the university: the Department of Health & Human Physiology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the Carver College of Medicine. 

Students who major in athletic training get a well-rounded education. They acquire solid communication skills, have high academic achievement, and are very motivated. Most continue on to graduate or professional programs. 

Course Work

Before students can be admitted to the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program in athletic training, they must take the prerequisite course Exploring Athletic Training. Other prerequisites before taking courses for the major include biology, chemistry, psychology, human anatomy, educational psychology, and statistics. Most students are admitted to the major during the spring of their first year and begin the professional phase of the program of study during their sophomore year.

After being admitted to the program, the curriculum includes courses in clinical sciences (assessment, rehabilitation, and modalities), human physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, pharmacology, nutrition, and emergency care.

There also are clinical practicum requirements each semester as well as a senior research project.

See Health & Human Physiology in the UI General Catalog or contact the program director to learn more about the program's admission requirements, course work, and graduating with honors.

Admission Requirements

Students interested in this major need to meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. On your application, indicate an athletic training interest in order to receive proper academic advising for the courses you'll need.  

Admission to the Athletic Training Program is very competitive. A maximum of 18 students are admitted each year. Review the Athletic Training Program website for details about the program's specific admission requirements. 

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Student Opportunities

In addition to nearly 500 Student Organizations, Iowa students choose from multiple Living Learning Communities, Study Abroad Programs, and Undergraduate Research Opportunities.

Students in this major may enjoy living in the Health Sciences or Well Beings Living Learning Communities in the UI residence halls.

Faculty, Facilities, and Resources

Faculty members in athletic training place a high priority on teaching, clinical service, and research. Students also are encouraged to participate in clinical research.

The health and human physiology department houses classrooms and a teaching laboratory. The orthopaedics department houses the Sports Medicine Center, oversees four athletic training rooms and two satellite treatment areas, and supports research laboratories. Undergraduates use these facilities for instruction, clinical instruction and experiences, and research.


The athletic training major prepares students for jobs in sports medicine clinics, patient care settings, preventive care settings, and industrial settings. Additional education usually is required for employment with professional or collegiate athletic programs. 

Iowa’s athletic training program has an outstanding placement rate. Over half of its graduates are admitted to graduate or professional schools, while others are employed in hospitals, clinics, or academic institutions. Typically, 100 percent of graduates are awarded graduate assistantships or find employment.

The Pomerantz Career Center at Iowa offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.


The Office of Admissions, the Office of Student Financial Aid, and departmental websites are great resources for students seeking scholarships.

Application Process

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Apply to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Athletic Training (BS)
Honors Courses
Four-Year Graduation Plan
Competitive Admission
Admits a maximum of 18 students each year