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Athletic Training 3+2 Program

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Athletic Training at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is committed to offering students a wide variety of educational experiences while preparing them for an evolving field. Athletic training professionals are trained to manage the overall health care of interscholastic, intercollegiate, professional and recreational athletes.

This program is offered as a 5-year undergraduate and graduate combined course sequence. This includes a 3-year undergraduate program in a related field major (e.g. Exercise Science, Physical Education, Teacher Education, Biology, or other) with the newly established, Minor in Athletic Training Foundation, and 2-year graduate (professional) program. Either course sequence (2-year graduate program or 5-year undergraduate/graduate program) allows students to have great academic and clinical experience and will provide the eligibility to take the Board examination at the completion of the program.

The program is developed around the standards implemented by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Through this program, students have the opportunity to gain practical field and clinical experiences within the UNK Athletic Department and at one of the off-campus clinics and high school internship sites. UNK’s Athletic Training program is committed to advancing the quality of education and providing a high level of excellence in the professional preparation of its students.

CurriculumRequirementsAdditional InformationMasters Program


  • Traditional athletic setting
  • Collegiate and high school sports
  • Professional sports teams
  • Corporate setting
  • Military and industrial settings

Graduation and Placement Data

based on three-year aggregate retention, placement, and BOC 1st time pass rates.

92% Retention


85% Placed


78% Passed BOC

Passed BOC

Amber Burson

She chose UNK because of the “challenging and distinguished Athletic Training program.” She says that athletic training changed her life. “It particular challenged me to think on a different level which helped me to be successful in both grad school and in my career.” She liked the sense of community that the entire department had. While at UNK she had an internship at Kearney High School and New West Sports Medicine. “It was very helpful in helping me learn how quickly I would have to think on my feet when I got into the real world and my profession.”

Amber Burson

Lexington High School, Lexington, NE

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The Master of Athletic Training Program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  The University of Nebraska at Kearney is no longer accepting students into the undergraduate athletic training program. The last undergraduate cohort is expected to graduate in May of 2021.