Athletic Training Major
What is an athletic trainer?
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:
Many states also have licensure requirements to practice athletic training.
The Athletic Training Program at Iowa State University 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. For more details, see the information below
For current and recent class syllabus examples go to the Class Websites page for Kinesiology.
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:
Admission to ISU
Students who wish to transfer to Iowa State University’s Athletic Training Education Program from another institution must first be formally admitted into ISU. Interested students should contact the ISU Office of Admissions for requirement and deadlines. Following admission to ISU, the Office of Admissions determines which courses will be accepted for course credit towards graduation.
The Athletic Training Program director will review all athletic training courses to determine if they will transfer into the ISU Athletic Training Education Program sequence of didactic and clinical courses. Meeting ISU admissions requirements does NOT guarantee admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. All transfer credits may not apply, and additional semesters may be needed to complete the athletic training academic and clinical requirements.
The Athletic Training Education Program is a six-semester sequence of classes and clinical experiences. For transfer students, previous athletic training courses and clinical experiences will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine appropriate placement within the Athletic Training Program course sequence. It is strongly encouraged for all transfer students to meet with the Athletic Training Program Director to determine where to start in this course sequence.
Clinical rotations are performed in the following areas:
These clinical rotations are performed under the supervision of certified athletic trainers, physicians, and other allied health care providers. They give the student hands-on clinical education and introduce students to various settings in the health care field.
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