Athletic Training MATR
As the first in Iowa to offer the professional master's level degree leading toward professional certification, UNI's athletic training degree program has a strong legacy of student success. Our program will prepare you to become a certified athletic trainer and excel in a career where you can make significant contributions as a health care professional. Through in-class instruction and hands-on clinical experience, our faculty, staff, and preceptors will teach you the skills required to secure a job in the health care field. Our facilities include four athletic training clinics, hydrotherapy room, research laboratory, UNI’s only cadaver lab, and classrooms which facilitate highly effective hands-on learning environments.
During your time at UNI, you will apply knowledge and clinical skills learned in the classroom through diverse clinical experiences with athletic trainers and other health care professionals. Our expert faculty and staff are ready and eager to guide you through classroom, research and community engagement opportunities.
UNI's master of athletic training program is accredited by the CAATE and will have its next comprehensive review during the 2025-2026 academic year. CAATE is located at 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3184.
“There are so many opportunities available at UNI. I’ve worked with people at the collegiate level, high school level, I’ve been in an orthopedic office. I have learned way more than I ever thought I would in two years. With this athletic training program, I know that I’m going to have a career out of it....I always knew I wanted to help people in some way. Seeing an athlete go from getting injured to going back to play is so inspiring. Sometimes it takes weeks, sometimes it takes months, but you are there every single step of the way. It feels good.” -- Paige Mathews ('18, BA, athletic training and rehabilitation studies; '20, M.ATR). Learn more about Paige and the athletic training program.
"I think going into a graduate program is a great choice. Every class that I have taken has been intriguing and enjoyable because they all include content about something I love. If you choose to join UNI's MATR program, get to know every staff member they are some of the best people I know and every conversation with them is enjoyable. Don't be discouraged if you don't know a lot about athletic training coming in. I knew almost nothing and still have a long way to go, but over time you'll pick it up and the staff is there to help you every step of the way." -- Alex Crum ('19, BA, movement and exercise science). Read more about Alex Crum here and here.
Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.
The degree is offered on the non-thesis option. Acceptable non-thesis projects include critically appraised topics, interrelated series of research proposals, conducting an empirical study, or a problem-based analysis of the literature, each of which require an extensive writing component. A minimum of 60 semester credit hours is required. The non-thesis option requires 3 hours of a research course (AT 6299). A minimum of 21 semester hours at the 6000-level is required.
- Integrated Clinical Experiences
- Advanced Acute Care Clinical Skills
- Athletic Training Organization & Professional Responsibility
- Advanced Therapeutic Interventions I
- Advanced Therapeutic Interventions I Clinical Skills
- Advanced Therapeutic Interventions II
- Advanced Therapeutic Interventions II Clinical Skills
- Advanced Clinical Anatomy
- General Medical Assessment & Referral
- Advanced Athletic Training Clinical Skills
- Pathoetiology and Orthopaedic Assessment
- Pathoetiology and Orthopaedic Assessment I Clinical Skills
- Pathoetiology and Orthopaedic Assessment II
- Pathoetiology and Orthopaedic Assessment II Clinical Skills
- Preventative Health Techniques
- Orthopaedic Surgical Interventions
- Mental Health Care in Athletic Training Practice
Students must apply to the UNI Graduate College.
- General Biology: Cell Structure & Function (or equivalent)
- Anatomy & Physiology I (or equivalent)
- Anatomy & Physiology II (or equivalent)
- General Chemistry I (or equivalent)
- Introduction to Statistics (or equivalent)
- General Physics I (or equivalent)
- Developmental Psychology (or equivalent) or Abnormal Psychology (or equivalent)
Completed bachelor’s degree, or will complete prior to beginning coursework in M.ATR.
50 hours of observation of an athletic trainer
Three (3) letters of recommendation. One letter must come from a faculty member/advisor, one must come from an athletic trainer who supervised the student during their observation experience, and one must come from a professional reference of the student’s choice. All letters should address the student’s potential for success as a graduate student and athletic trainer.
Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
Signed Technical Standards form
Criminal background check
If interested in the Master of Athletic Training program, please contact Kelli Snyder at 319-273-7401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.