*A bachelor’s degree is required to become an athletic trainer.
Athletic Training is a career that blends the sciences, athletics, and helping others. The academic preparation for Athletic Training includes a solid foundation of anatomy, biology, communications, first aid, health, nutrition, physiology, and psychology. Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) are highly qualified healthcare professionals who are trained in preventing, recognizing, managing, and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. They work with people of all ages and all skill levels, from young children to professional athletes and from senior citizens to soldiers. Athletic Trainers can help individuals avoid unnecessary medical treatment and disruption of normal daily life; they are trained to work with healthcare providers to get their clients on the mend and on the move.
MCC’s Athletic Training
MCC’s Athletic Training program is hands-on and career-focused. We provide transferable coursework as well as hands-on experience working in MCC’s Athletic Training room with our student-athletes.
Marshalltown Community College offers a 64-credit Liberal Arts Associate of Arts Degree (AA). The AA degree transfers to Iowa’s Regent universities as well as the majority of private colleges and universities in the Midwest and beyond. The link under Degrees Awarded (below) specifies the program course requirements and electives.
Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa
MCC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable MCC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the Iowa Regent universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at MCC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the MCC Admissions Office for more information!
Athletic Training Careers & Job Outlook
Athletic Trainers need at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Degree programs have classroom and clinical components, including advanced science and health-related courses such as biology, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and nutrition. The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredits hundreds of Athletic Trainer programs, including post-professional and residency Athletic Trainer programs.
According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, nearly 70% of all Athletic Trainers have completed at least a master’s degree. Completing a master’s degree in Athletic Training assists students who hope to gain employment directly after graduation. These degree programs can be completed in two years, and students will complete advanced courses in human movement, physical motor functions, biomechanics, and training administration.
Nearly all states, including Iowa, require Athletic Trainers to have a license or certification. The Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC) offers the standard certification examination that most states use for licensing Athletic Trainers. Certification requires graduating from a CAATE-accredited program and passing the BOC exam. To maintain certification, Athletic Trainers must adhere to the BOC Standards of Professional Practice and take continuing education courses.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Athletic Trainers is expected to grow 19 percent through 2028, much faster than the average growth for all other occupations. The 2018 median pay for Athletic Trainers was $47,510 per year. Athletic Trainers work in educational settings (colleges, universities, elementary schools, and secondary schools), hospitals, fitness centers, physicians’ offices, or for professional sports teams. They may also work for the military, law enforcement, or performing arts programs.
You can find additional up-to-date information on the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook website: