Certified athletic trainers are medical professionals who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries to athletes and others who are engaged in everyday physical activities. To gain certification, candidates must:
- Graduate from a CAATE-accredited athletic training education program
- Successfully pass the Board of Certification (BOC) examination
Many states also have licensure requirements to practice athletic training.
The athletic training program at Iowa State University (ISU) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The educational program is housed in the Department of Kinesiology within the College of Human Sciences. The program consists of 124 credits and a minimum of six clinical rotations.
The kinesiology department utilizes numerous research and teaching laboratories. We have exercise labs, motor skills labs, biomechanics and biochemistry labs, and more. You can check out all the different labs under Research laboratories. Additionally, athletic training facilities are utilized by students, faculty, and staff.
A student interested in entering the athletic training program must enroll in the kinesiology department’s pre-athletic training program. During that time, the student must complete a number of prerequisites including coursework and application procedures. The full list of requirements can be found on the athletic training website as well as the application for the pre-athletic training program.
The athletic training program director will review all athletic training courses to determine if they will transfer into the Iowa State Athletic Training Education Program sequence of didactic and clinical courses. Meeting Iowa State Admissions requirements does not guarantee admission into the athletic training program. More information can be found on the athletic training website.
Clinical rotations are performed in the following areas:
- Iowa State University athletic training rooms (5)
- Local highs schools
- Physical therapy clinics
- Physician clinics
- Emergency rooms
- Drake University
These clinical rotations are performed under the supervision of certified athletic trainers, physicians, and other allied healthcare providers. They give the student hands-on clinical education and introduce students to various settings in the healthcare field.
To review the responsibilities of the student, preceptor, clinical hours, certifications, and costs, visit the Clinical Education Policy page.
Certification test results
The following are results for ISU students who have taken the Board of Certification (BOC) Athletic Trainers' Certification Examination in the past three years. National first-time and overall pass rates are also included for comparison.
|Number of first-time ISU
|Number who passed on
|ISU first-time pass rate||100.0%||86.7%||92.3%||91.9%|
|National first-time pass
|Overall number of ISU
|Overall number who
|ISU overall pass rate||100.0%||93.3%||100.0%||97.4%|
|National overall pass rate||---||85.3%||83.9%||85.1%|
Clubs and organizations
Kinesiology study abroad programs
Are you considering a study abroad opportunity to broaden your educational perspectives and personal view of the world? We hope so! The kinesiology department offers various international opportunities through the College of Human Sciences International Programs office.
Careers and internships
Graduates of the athletic training program are well-prepared for entrance in careers helping athletes at all levels. Our advisers will guide you through the coursework and experiences you’ll need to land placement in a dream internship or stellar first job.
Prepare for your next job with Career Services, where staff and peers help you with job searches, interview preparation, and resume/cover letter editing.
Look at a list of career possibilities inside the athletic training industry.
Internships are available with various high school sports teams, and various special events such as Special Olympics. Students also may have the opportunity to intern in professional sports such as with NBA or WNBA teams, as well as within hospitals and sports medicine clinics. For more information, visit our careers and internship pages.