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Kinesiology and Sport Sciences Department

Athletic Training

University Requirements

Undergraduate degrees at UNK are offered through the four undergraduate colleges: the College of Fine Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Social Sciences, the College of Business and Technology, and the College of Education. Students must be admitted into the University of Nebraska at Kearney as a degree seeking student.

The faculty of the various colleges generally determine and govern their programs, including special admission requirements and degree requirements.

Students in the Athletic Training Education Program are required to complete the program as described in the University Catalog. The UNK athletic training education advisors will assist all Athletic Training students in their academic and career goals.

Athletic Training Program Requirements

The University of Nebraska Athletic Training Education Program (UNK-ATEP) is developed in accordance with the CAATE Standards for the accreditation of athletic training education programs. Courses include didactic and clinical instruction in subject matter areas as determined by the NATA Athletic Training Educational Competencies. The program offers the student a wide variety of field experience settings for the practice of applying the knowledge and skills acquired.


The Athletic Training Education Program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney has a clearly defined position within the university and departmental framework. The program is in compliance with the CAATE standards for the accreditation of athletic training degree programs. The program contains three distinct parts. They include

  1. The educational core courses as they fit into the university model
  2. The clinical or practical that stands together with the official course progression
  3. The continuation of clinical education through field experience opportunities.

The clinical experience is thorough, progressive, applied, and it exists within a competency based framework. The three aspects together are designed to compliment one another while offering the student exposure to a wide variety of experiences within the field. The program has a clear acceptance criteria, which allows for a selection process for entry and maintenance of its students as they progress through the program. The department and university have demonstrated financial support as well as demonstrate the ability to offer a wide variety of resources to support the program and its growth. Facilities and equipment reflect what is in use and comparable to that commonly found within the professional setting. There is a qualified individual, designated by job description, as the program director who provides an administrative and supervisory role for the program. There is adequate staffing that operate in compliance with required competency based educational outcomes. Staffing not only meets academic requirements but also addresses the needs demonstrated by the athletic department for coverage of the university sports teams.

Graduation and BOC Exam Data

Individual Graduation and Certification Data

  • 27 students graduating from the program from 2011 – 2014 who challenged the BOC examination.
  • 21 students from 2011-2014 who passed the BOC examination on their first attempt.
  • 77.78% of students from 2011-2014 who passed the BOC examination on their first attempt.
  • 22 students from 2011-2014 passed the BOC examination regardless of the number of attempts.
  • 81.48% of students from 2011-2014 who passed the BOC examination regardless of the number of attempts

The link below is the URL to the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education web page that posts the UNK program’s graduation and BOC examination pass rates.

Professional Program BOC Exam Pass Rate Data 

The Athletic Training Program enjoys an “Active – in good standing” status with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training.