Just the Facts
Program Start Term: Fall and Spring
Program Length: 2 Years
Number of Majors: 87
Average Class Size: 25
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day & Evening
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus
About the Program
With so many varsity athletic programs on the Iowa Western campus, the need for athletic trainers has never been greater. What better way to learn those skills than by enrolling in the Sports Medicine: Athletic Training program?
From the first semester, students are assigned to an athletic team, attend practices and games, work directly with athletes, and gain valuable hands-on experience. At many other schools, students don’t get this opportunity until their junior or senior year.
After completing the two-year Associate of Science degree, you will be well-prepared to transfer to a four-year institution to complete your bachelor’s degree and get started in this exciting career field, or continue on to complete a graduate degree.
The Sports Medicine: Athletic Trainer program is designed for students to transfer to a four-year institution. Certified athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing, and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. Upon completion of a bachelor’s degree, athletic trainers are employed at a variety of different places, including high schools, colleges, physical therapy clinics, and doctor’s offices. According to the National Athletic Trainers Association, 68% of athletic trainers have a master’s or doctoral degree. Athletic trainers may need a master’s or higher degree to be eligible for some positions, especially those in colleges and universities. Students may also be eligible for careers as a personal trainer or physical therapy technician upon completion of this two- year program without transferring on.
* Minimum of a Bachelor's degree is necessary for employment in this area.