Acceptance into the Upper Iowa Athletic Training Education Program is competitive and dictated by clinical site availability. Students interested in majoring in athletic training must meet the outlined criteria for admittance and must receive confirmation of acceptance prior to registering for professional courses. Students completing the athletic training education program must be enrolled for a minimum of two academic years following formal admittance the program. The Athletic Training Education Program at Upper Iowa is designed to allow students the opportunity to spend three academic years in structured clinical experiences developing skills and preparing for successful completion of the BOC Examination.
Application Requirements for Admission to the Athletic Training Education Program:
- Submit a letter of application stating the student's qualifications for admittance into the program, aspirations for becoming an athletic trainer, and short- and long-term career goals
- Submit a completed Athletic Training Education Program Application Form
- Submit an official transcript with a minimum of 12 semester credits completed and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
- Submit three recommendation forms from sources that can verify the student's ability to complete a rigorous academic program, communicate and act in a professional manner, and work in an allied healthcare setting
- Provide documentation of a physical examination within the past 12 months. Physical examination must be completed by an MD, DO, NP or PA
- Submit a Clinical Observation Log with documentation of a minimum of 30 hours of observation under the supervision of a licensed athletic trainer
- Submit a signed acceptance of the Athletic Training Education Program Technical Standards for Admission Form
- Complete all pre-profession coursework with a "C" or higher prior to the start of the program
Application finalists will be scheduled for a formal interview with a panel consisting of the Director of Athletic Training Education, Coordinator of Clinical Education, and members of the UIU Athletic Training staff. Interview times will be scheduled following a review of applications. Applicants with incomplete application files will not be granted an interview.
As part of the application process, prospective athletic training students will need to complete 30 hours of observation under the supervision of a licensed athletic trainer. These observation hours will be coordinated through the Clinical Education Coordinator with supervision provided by program approved clinical preceptors. Applicants will document their hours using ATrack.
Prospective athletic training students are required to meet the technical standards for admission or show potential for meeting the standards with reasonable accommodations as determined by the UIU Coordinator of Disability Services. Prospective students seeking reasonable accommodations to meet the technical standards must meet with the Coordinator of Disability Services to review the technical standards and identify the appropriate accommodations. For more information on disability services, please visit the UIU Disability Services website.