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The Athletic Training Education Program
at Iowa State University




















Iowa State University has a long and proud history in the profession of athletic training. The Athletic Training Program obtained initial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in April of 2001. The program received continuing CAATE (Commission of Accreditation in Athletic Training Education) in 2006 and has continued receiving accreditation since. The AT program officially became a University major in February 2012, producing its first graduating class in December 2012, with a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training. Since then, it has successfully transitioned into a Master of Athletic Training beginning in August 2020, producing its first graduating class in May of 2022. These accomplishments can be attributed to the hard-work and dedication of Dr. Mary Meier, Shannon Peel, and Megan Brady. Their combined labors of love for this profession and the education program have been many years in the making, and something our current students and alumni are certainly very proud of where the program is today.


The Athletic Training program at Iowa State University is a graduate program that leads to a Master of Athletic Training. The Master's Program currently consists of approximately 58 credits, several diverse clinical rotations, and the following goals: 

  • To prepare athletic training students for the BOC Certification Exam.

  • To produce high-quality athletic trainers prepared for employment in educational, clinical, and professional settings.

  • To promote professional and ethical conduct at all times.

  • To provide athletic training students equal opportunity to develop their skills both in the classroom and in the clinical settings.

  • To continually update the curricular offerings to provide the athletic training student current evidence-based knowledge in the profession.

  • To provide high-quality instruction in the classroom and clinical experiences.

  • To assist the athletic training student in gaining employment.

  • To promote the concept of establishing professional contacts by attending professional and educational meetings.

  • To foster an appreciation of athletic training as a component of sports medicine.

  • To foster the effective, caring side of athletic training.


The athletic training program at Iowa State prepares a student to become a BOC certified athletic trainer and accept entry-level athletic trainer positions. The degree awarded is in Athletic Training and is a combination of clinical and classroom experiences. State-of-the-art laboratories in Sports Medicine enhance the learning environment for athletic training students. Certified athletic trainers, physicians, and physical therapists teach all of the athletic training professional didactic courses. Students get frequent interaction with the team physicians, team orthopedic surgeons, and two physical therapist/certified athletic trainers. The athletic training students also get the opportunity to participate in surgical observation experiences with team orthopedic surgeons and emergency room observation at local hospital.

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