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Professor Jose Rivera with students

GET HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE, EXPERT INSTRUCTION — A student performs an ultrasound treatment to an athlete’s knee in our fully-equipped athletic training room with Professor Jose Rivera observing and advising. “Athletic training students learn to utilize a variety of therapeutic modalities and instruct athletes in therapeutic exercises for the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries,” Rivera said.

Invest Your Energy in a Career in the Sports Medicine Field

Certified athletic trainers provide preventive and emergency care and treatment and rehabilitation of injuries. Along with classes in Health and Physical Education and Exercise Science, you’ll take a comprehensive series of courses for your athletic training major, such as Therapeutic Modalities, Therapeutic Exercise, General Medical Conditions in Sports and Exercise, and other courses dealing with the emergency care and evaluation and treatment of sports and exercise injuries. Admission to the program is competitive. You can also choose to take additional courses and double major in exercise science, or obtain a teaching certification by double majoring with health and physical education.

Accredited Program Builds Your Credentials

IUP’s Athletic Training Education Program (IUP-ATEP) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The primary objective is to provide undergraduate students a high-quality, comprehensive, challenging, and diverse academic and clinical education in athletic training. Along with the program’s academic curriculum, students must also complete a comprehensive clinical education and experience component. This component entails a series of eight sequential laboratory courses and a minimum of four semesters of supervised field experience at a variety of professional locations (university, sports medicine clinic, physician’s office, hospital, and high school). Upon completion of the program, students will have the necessary education and clinical skills to take the national certification examination administered by the Board of Certification for the athletic trainer and enter the profession of athletic training.

You’ll also receive hands-on training through eight laboratory courses and a minimum of four semesters of supervised field experiences. Most of these experiences entail working with IUP’s varsity athletes. Others include rotations in sports medicine/physical therapy clinics, physician’s offices, and high schools.

Board of Certification Examination Pass Rates

Fields 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 3-yr Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program. 8 6 6 17 11 34
Number of students graduating from program who took examination. 8 6 6 17 9 32
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 1 2 4 11 7 22
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 12.50 33.33 66.67 64.71 77.78 68.75
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 7 4 5 16 8 29
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 87.50 66.67 83.33 94.12 88.89 90.62

For information related to professional standards, job opportunities, salary surveys, and certification, please contact:

  • Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science Department
  • Zink Hall, Room 225
    1190 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2771
  • Fax: 724-357-3777
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.