Pre-Athletic Training

Athletic Training

Central College’s curriculum combines classroom concepts with real-life situations. Whether you want to become an athletic trainer or prepare for a pre-health program, you’ll benefit from collaboration with seasoned faculty and health care professionals. The content of this program will prepare you for top graduate programs.

The Central Difference

Learn in Nationally Recognized Facilities

You’ll spend a great deal of time in the Ron Schipper Fitness Center, which features a 2,000-square-foot athletic training area. In Central’s state-of-the-art exercise science building, you’ll find a dedicated classroom that features taping stations and exam tables instead of desks. The human performance lab features a hydrostatic underwater weighing tank, one of only three in the Midwest. The building uses LCD screens and classroom capture, which enables all classes to be videotaped so you can review them later.

Dreams Do Come True

Opportunities abound in athletic training at Central. Like Taryn Pennington ’13 can attest, it will take you places — even to your dream job!

Off-Campus Experiences

Central students can study off-campus — both internationally or domestically in the United States. These opportunities give students the chance to prepare to be global citizens, equipped to compete in the global job market. Students can check out experiences led by Central faculty or attend select academic programs across the world that provide opportunities for study, service, internships and other types of experiential learning. Options include experiences in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Central America, Ghana, England, the Scottish Highlands and more.

Beyond Central

Putting the “Hire” in Higher Education

Central College graduates have found successful careers in athletic training.

  • Alison Troutman ’21, athletic trainer, Jennie Edmundson Hospital
  • Sadie Baugher Brown ’19, assistant athletic trainer, Central College
  • Josh Brunk ’18, occupational therapist, Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation Spruce Pine
  • Brandon Zumbach ’18, athletic trainer, Houston Astros Minor League Athletics
  • Rachel Evans Kleis ’15, assistant professor of kinesiology, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
  • Taryn Pennington ’13, high-performance health care services provider, United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Center
  • Jessica Edler ’12, clinical education coordinator and assistant professor of kinesiology & health promotion, Grand View University
  • Bethany Druvenga ’12, head athletic trainer, University of Mary Washington
Central College student


  • CAAT (Club Associated with Athletic Training)
  • Exercise Science Club
  • Health Professions Club

No matter what your interests are, Central has a student group for you! Learn how you can get involved with groups and organizations at Central.

Master’s Degree Program Affiliations

  • Central and the University of Iowa have entered into an articulation agreement to admit Central’s pre-athletic training students into the University of Iowa’s Master’s in Athletic Training program.
  • This is in addition to similar agreements between Central and Drake University, Central and Grand View University, and Central and Loras College.

Graduate Placement

  • Des Moines University, physical therapy
  • Old Dominion University, athletic training
  • Texas A&M University, athletic training
  • University of Colorado, athletic training


  • Auburn University
  • Illinois State University
  • Iowa Ortho
  • Iowa State University
  • Physiotherapy Associates
  • Quad City Steamwheelers
  • Sterling Physical Therapy

Courses & Faculty

Pre-athletic training students at Central progress through an educational sequence that stresses critical thinking skills and fulfills prerequisite requirements for top graduate programs.

The pre-athletic training major is affiliated with kinesiology.

Learn more about this discipline in the course catalog.

Meet the Faculty

Sample Coursework

First Year

  • Theory and Practical Applications of Skill-Related Fitness
  • Theory and Practical Applications of Health-Related Fitness
  • Foundations of Health and Exercise Science
  • First Aid and Sports Injuries
  • Introduction to Cells
  • Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology + lab
  • Psychology

Sophomore Year

  • Introduction to Physics
  • General Chemistry + lab
  • Human Anatomy and Kinesiology
  • Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription

Junior Year

  • Principles and Theories of Strength and Conditioning
  • Principles of Personal Training
  • Sport Nutrition
  • Introduction to Statistics of Applied Statistics

Senior Year

  • Biomechanics
  • Epidemiology of Physical Activity
  • Motor Learning
  • Exercise Physiology + lab


Learn More

Want to find out more about Pre-Athletic Training at Central? Contact us to learn more about this discipline and our other strong academic programs.

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