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.

Confidence in the Field

Athletics, philosophy and military service unite to build a promising future for Cheyanna Jennings ’20.

Take Your College Career to the Next Level: Study Abroad

Enhance your development as a global citizen and earn credits toward your major when you participate in one of Central’s international programs. Our Mérida program offers opportunities for pre-health-related internships. Our Wales program expands your studies with “Outdoor Pursuits,” which includes rock climbing, spelunking and more. It’ll help you get that much more ahead while gaining international experience. Get the attention of prospective employers and graduate schools by adding this to your résumé.

Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.

Beyond Central

Putting the “Hire” in Higher Education

Central College Graduates Have Found Successful Careers In Athletic Training.

  • Josh Brunk ’18, occupational therapy program, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Brandon Zumbach ’18, athletic trainer, Tri-City ValleyCats (Single-A short-season affiliate of the Houston Astros), Troy, New York
  • Seth Eash ’18, physical therapy program, University of Iowa, Iowa City; internship, Green Bay Packers, Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Brett Boddicker ’17, athletic training doctoral program, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana
  • Tyler Folkerts ’16, doctor of osteopathic medicine program, Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Taryn Pennington ’13, high-performance health care services provider, United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Joe Rosauer ’12, athletic trainer, Jackson Generals (Double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks), Jackson, Tennessee
  • Jessica Edler ’12, clinical education coordinator/assistant professor of kinesiology and health promotion, Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Shane Nelson ’11, assistant athletic trainer, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho
  • Nate Weir ’05, coordinator of rehabilitation/assistant athletic trainer, Green Bay Packers, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Central Announces World Food Prize Lecture

Maria Andrade, 2016 recipient of the World Food Prize, will present Central College’s annual World Food Prize lecture Thursday, Oct. 17.


  • 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 Grandview 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
  • 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 exercise science.

Learn more about this discipline in the course catalog.

Meet the Faculty

  • Leslie Duinink, B.A., M.S., Registrar and Associate Professor of Exercise Science
  • Shelli Green, B.A., M.S., Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Clinical Education Coordinator of Exercise Science
  • Frank Neu, B.A., M.S., Head Athletic Trainer and Clinical Instructor of Exercise Science
  • David Pavlat, B.S., M.S., Ed.D., Associate Professor of Exercise Science and Director of Strength & Conditioning
  • Pam Richards, B.S., M.S., Ed.D., Associate Professor of Exercise Science
  • John Roslien, B.S., M.S., Associate Professor of Exercise Science and Director of Athletic Training
  • Jake Schubert, B.A., M.A., Assistant Athletic Trainer/Preceptor
  • Sara Shuger Fox, B.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Exercise Science
  • Katelin Valster, B.A., M.S., Lecturer of Exercise Science

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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