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Athletic Training at Iowa State University



















CAATE Accreditation Status









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 again in August 2012. Our next comprehensive review will be in the 2021-2022 academic year. 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. This accomplishment had been in the making for more than three years and our current students and alums are certainly 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 program currently consists of approximately 124 credits and six clinical rotations. Athletic Training courses focus on competencies within the 12 NATA educational domains:


  • Risk management and injury prevention  

  • Pathology of illness and injuries

  • Assessment and evaluation

  • Acute care of injury and illness

  • Pharmacology

  • Therapeutic modalities

  • Therapeutic exercise

  • General medical conditions and disabilities

  • Nutritional aspects of injury and illness

  • Psycho-social intervention and referral

  • Health care administration

  • Professional development and responsibilities


The athletic training program at Iowa State prepares a student to become a BOC certified athletic trainer.  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 and physical therapists teach all of the athletic training professional didactic courses. Students get frequent interaction with the team physician, 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.


The program is designed to both prepare the athletic training student to sit for the BOC Examination and to accept entry-level athletic trainer positions.  In addition, graduating students are well qualified to enter graduate programs in athletic training.  Students who concurrently complete the teacher credential program will be well qualified for the expanding high school job market.


Board of Certification Exam Scores -
Iowa State University Athletic Training Major


Report for the Board of Certification (BOC) Athletic Trainers’ Certification Examination


For each testing year (April – February), the BOC certification exam consists of 175 questions representing a variety of item types, including multiple-choice, multi-select, drag-and-drop, and focused testlets presented in one part. Candidates have a total of four hours to complete the exam, and candidates have the ability to move forward or backward throughout the entire exam prior to submitting the exam for scoring. For more information on the BOC certification exam, please review the BOC website:


Iowa State University Results:

Institutions are required by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education to provide data for the most recent three exam years.

Iowa State University is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The program is currently applying to the CAATE for a change in level of degree and is pending approval.  The Substantive Change Level of Degree application is due February 1, 2020 with CAATE self-study due July 1, 2021.

At the September 19, 2019 meeting of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, the Board approved Iowa State University’s request for the new Master of Athletic Training program; paving the way to start the degree transition process.  CIP Discipline Specialty Number: 51.0913.

Undergraduate students will be enrolled in the 3+2 athletic training program with a 3-year Pre-Athletic Training undergraduate curriculum and a 2-year Masters of Athletic Training program in the Department of Kinesiology. Students with a B.S. or B.A. degree may apply directly to the Master’s program with completion of prerequisite coursework, program requirements, and observation hours. For more information on the new MAT Program click here - Department of Kinesiology Master's of Athletic Training.

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