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The mission of the University of Northern Iowa Athletic Training Program is to prepare students to become BOC certified athletic trainers and to obtain employment that will allow them to make significant contributions as a health care professional. The curriculum will include didactic and clinical experiences that will focus on the Athletic Training Educational Competencies and Clinical Integration.
The Division of Athletic Training at UNI boasts five tenure line faculty and numerous clinical experience supervisors both on and off campus. The faculty and preceptors have a variety of expertise and experiences that are brought to the classroom and clinical settings to provide students with a variety of talents.
The University of Northern Iowa's Athletic Training Program was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP) from October 19, 2001 through July 1, 2006. Effective July 1, 2006, existing CAAHEP accredited programs were transitioned into the new accrediting agency, or the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE). As of July 1, 2006, the UNI AT Program is accredited by CAATE.
The School of Kinesiology, Allied Health and Human Services offers a major in Athletic Training. The athletic training program prepares students for the National Athletic Training Board of Certification (BOC) Examination. In addition, UNI graduates are also eligible for an Athletic Training License in the State of Iowa. In order to become eligible to sit for the BOC examination, students within this major must complete all of the course work within the pre-professional and professional areas. In addition, students will complete a clinical experience requirement each semester.
The UNI Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) located at 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3184. The program will have its next comprehensive review during the 2025-2026 academic year.
Program Requirements for Athletic Training Students
Students in the Athletic Training Program are required to meet specific requirements in addition to university requirements for graduation. Many of the AT Program requirements are mandated by CAATE and are designed to prepare students for the Board of Certification examination upon graduation.
Students must complete a clinical experience requirement each semester in the program. The purpose of each clinical experience is to provide the students the opportunity to informally and kinesthetically apply what they have learned in the classroom. During the clinical experience, the only skill competencies that students may practice are those that they have successfully completed with 95% or greater proficiency.
All students will have the opportunity to have a clinical experience with a variety of populations, including but not limited to "individual and team sports; sports requiring protective equipment (e.g., helmet and shoulder pads); patients of different sexes; non-sport patient populations (e.g., outpatient clinic, emergency room, primary care office, industrial, performing arts, military); a variety of conditions other than orthopedics (e.g., primary care, internal medicine, dermatology)" (CAATE Standards for Professional Programs, 2012).
First-Year Athletic Training Students
First-year athletic training students will rotate through four 7-8 week clinical rotations on- or off-campus which include but not are limited to the following: UNI sports, Cedar Falls High School, Hudson High School, Waterloo East High School, Waterloo West High School, Columbus High School, Waverly-Shell Rock High School, Aplington-Parkersburg High School, Don Bosco High School, Dike-New Hartford High School and Waterloo Blackhawks. First-year students should obtain 10 hours of clinical experience each week (minimum hours/week = 5; maximum hours/week = 15).
Second-Year Athletic Training Students
Second-year athletic training students will rotate through four 7-8 week clinical rotations on- or off-campus which include but not are limited to the following: UNI sports, Cedar Falls High School, Hudson High School, Waterloo East High School, Waterloo West High School, Columbus High School, Waverly-Shell Rock High School, Aplington-Parkersburg High School, Don Bosco High School, Dike-New Hartford High School, Waterloo Blackhawks, Athletico, Agape PT, Cedar Valley Medical Specialists PT, Summit Chiropractic and PT, XL Sports Acceleration, and UNI Strength & Conditioning. Second-year students should obtain 15 hours of clinical experience each week (minimum hours/week = 8; maximum hours/week = 20).
Third-Year Athletic Training Students
Third year students will have one rotation, either on- or off-campus. They will also engage in an assigned general medical experience. Third year students should obtain 20 hours of clinical experience each week (minimum hours/week = 12; maximum hours/week = 30).