Become an Athletic Trainer

In the Athletic Training program, students learn to manage overall health care of scholastic, professional and recreational athletes. At UNK, you'll learn in fully equipped facilities from faculty with real experience in the athletic training field. Students have opportunities to gain practical experience through avenues like research activity and clinical experiences.

The Master of Athletic Training program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney offers two separate avenues for entry through one graduate professional program. Students will have the opportunity to either complete a 3-year undergraduate plus a 2-year professional (3+2) program pathway or complete a traditional post-baccalaureate 2-year professional program pathway.

Students applying for the traditional two-year post baccalaureate pathway will be required to obtain pre-requisites for application to the program. Upon acceptance into the traditional two-year model, students will be afforded the opportunity to complete the professional program over the following two calendar years.

We are accepting applications for half-time graduate research/lab assistants in the Master of Athletic Training program. Graduate assistantship is a year contract (August-May). Please direct all questions towards Dr. Kazuma Akehi, Director of Master of Athletic Training, Students interested in applying for the position should complete the application form below and then submit your resume and cover letter (max 2 pages) by April 1st in each year.

Research/Lab Assistant

Career Opportunities with a Master's in Athletic Training

  • Traditional Athletic Setting
  • Collegiate and High School Sports
  • Professional Sports Teams
  • Corporate Setting
  • Military and Industrial Settings


caATe LogoThe 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.