Athletic Trainer

Department of Public Health


Under the supervision of a physician, athletic trainers provide therapy to athletes designed for prevention, physical evaluation, emergency care and physical reconditioning relating to injuries and illnesses incurred through sports-induced trauma. The trauma occurs during the preparation for or participation in a sports competition or during a physical training program, either of which is sponsored by an educational institution, amateur or professional athletic group or other recognized organization.

Code Citation IC, Chapter 152D; 645 IAC 351, 352, 353

Who Applies Persons who wish to provide athletic training services in Iowa.

When To Apply After receipt of a baccalaureate degree from a US regionally accredited college or university and successful completion of the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) examination.

Initial Requirements Applicants must submit their application and fee, proof of graduation and receipt of baccalaureate degree or post baccalaureate degree from a US regionally accredited college. Major coursework must include instruction in basic and advanced athletic training, health, human anatomy, human physiology, kinesiology and exercise physiology. Applicants must also provide proof of passing the NATABOC exam.

Duration Two years.

Processing Time 30 days after completed application and all required documentation is received.

Fee Structure Application: Renewal: Exam:

Renewal Requirements

Exam Applicants must provide verification of passing the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.

Additional Information Persons who wish to provide athletic training services in Iowa.

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Contact Information
Bureau of Professional Licensure
Lucas Building
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319