A foundation for a future in health

Have a passion for a career in healthcare, such as athletic training, physical or occupational therapy? UNI’s athletic training and rehabilitation studies major is a great place to start your journey. 

In this program, led by faculty and staff who are licensed healthcare providers, you’ll benefit from student-centered, hands-on instruction and evidence-based learning. You’ll gain valuable clinical experience  with healthcare professionals in some of the best facilities around — both on and off campus. Even as an undergraduate, you can conduct research with our faculty AND you’ll get  the opportunity to explore human anatomy in UNI’s only human cadaver lab.  

As one of the strongest pre-health majors on campus, this degree serves as a foundation for advanced studies — and future careers in demand.


Athletic training students in the McLeod training room.

86% Career Placement

85.7% of HRCS undergraduate students reported full-time paid employment upon graduation.

17 - 23%  Projected Growth

Projected demand for occupational or physical therapists and athletic trainers

CAATE Accredited Master’s Program

The first master’s program in Iowa to be Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited.


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Contact us directly at:

UNI Athletic Training Program
203 WRC
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0607

Phone: (319) 273-7401
Email: athletic-training@uni.edu


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3+2 Adds to Options for Athletic Training

If athletic training is your end goal, you now have two pathways which can lead to your master’s degree, required for national certification: 

  • Traditional 4+2 Program 
    • Earn your BA in athletic training and rehabilitation studies
    • Complete your two-year master’s degree in athletic training
  • (NEW Fall 2022!) 3+2 Program
    • An intensive,  blended program with three years of undergraduate studies and two years in the master’s program at UNI
    • Upon completion, you earn your BA and MATR (Master of Athletic Training)
    • Benefits include fourth year of studies at an undergraduate tuition rate 
    • Interested? Contact athletic-training@uni.edu

Discover Your Path


Within this major, courses prepare you for careers as health care professionals. Here are some of the key courses found in both the standard four-year degree and new 3+2 athletic training option. Coursework represents efforts in the classroom, in labs and in the field. 

  • Clinical & Gross Human Anatomy
  • Orthopedic Assessment & Pathology
  • Foundations of Therapeutic Interventions
  • General Medical Conditions
  • Clinical Healthcare Experience
Plan of Study


Our athletic training and rehabilitation studies major has a pre-health professions focus. While athletic training is one choice, graduates often go on to graduate school leading to multiple, in-demand health-related professions: 

  • Athletic trainers
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physician assistants
  • Physicians
  • Chiropractors

Beyond the Classroom

Field Experience

What you learn in class is enhanced by your experiences in the field and labs with this degree. And, you’ll have plenty of opportunities, with on-campus training facilities, hydrotherapy room, research laboratory and UNI’s only cadaver lab. With UNI’s Division I college sport teams and community partnerships with local clinics, high schools and colleges, options abound for practical, hands-on learning. 

athletic training clinical anatomy class
Olivia Fain
Dietrich Wagner