Athletic Training Major

The Athletic Training Program has chosen to Voluntarily Withdraw its Accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) effective July 15, 2021 and is no longer accepting applications to its bachelor of science program. All students formerly accepted into the professional undergraduate athletic training program must complete the requirements of the major by July 15, 2021 to be eligible to sit for the BOC examination.

Why study Athletic Training?

Athletic trainers are health care professionals who provide care for patients in the areas of prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician and are recognized by the American Medical Association.

The athletic training program at Upper Iowa uses a combination of classroom instruction and clinical experiences to develop mastery of professional competencies. Athletic training students are educated to provide patient care in five domains of clinical practice: prevention; clinical evaluation and diagnosis; immediate and emergency care; treatment and rehabilitation; and organization and professional health and well-being.

Clinical education

Clinical skills are developed and assessed within the program during clinical experiences. The clinical experience provides students with hands-on opportunities to develop skills and professional behaviors while immersed with actual patient care. During clinical rotations, athletic training students will have experiences with a variety of patient populations including individual and team sports, protective equipment-intensive sports, diverse genders, non-sport populations, and patients with non-orthopedic conditions.


Students in the athletic training program will receive formal instruction in the following subject matter areas:

  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Clinical Examination and Diagnosis
  • Acute Care of Injury and Illness
  • Therapeutic Interventions
  • Psychosocial Strategies and Referral
  • Health care Administration
  • Professional Development and Responsibility

Career opportunities

Athletic trainers work in collaboration with physicians in a variety of settings including college and professional sports, secondary schools, physician clinics, clinics with specialties in sports medicine, cardiac rehab, medical fitness, wellness and physical therapy, occupational and industrial settings, performing arts, police and fire departments and academies, and military units.


The focus of the athletic training program at Upper Iowa is to prepare athletic trainers as health care providers.  Following completion of the program, students must pass the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) examination.

The Upper Iowa University Athletic Training Program is currently on probation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The program has chosen to Voluntarily Withdraw its Accreditation effective July 15, 2021. The program will remain on probation until the Withdraw is effective and the program is closed.

Where are recent graduates working?

  • Frank Ovalles, ATC, Athletic Trainer, ARC Athletics, New York City, NY
  • Jennifer Herrick, ATC, Athletic Trainer, River Valley Orthopedics, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Heidi Wlezien, ATC, Associate Athletic Trainer, U of Tx-Austin, TX
  • Kaci Mertens, ATC, Athletic Trainer, Great River Health Systems, Burlington, IA Services, Muscatine, IA

Job outlook (2012-22)

  • Athletic Trainers*
    • Job outlook: 19% increase
    • Wages: The median annual salary for an athletic trainer and exercise physiologists was $42,690 in 2012 or $20.52 per hour.
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*Taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Department Website

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Athletic Training is offered at the following Upper Iowa University location:

  • Residential Fayette campus