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Athletic Training / Trainer (BS)

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Sample Degree Plan Courses

The following is a list of courses based on sample degree plan. Other requirements may be necessary to complete this degree.

Athletic Training Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in athletic training requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including 57-58 s.h. of work for the major, plus one prerequisite (1 s.h.) to application to the major and several prerequisites (34-36 s.h.) to course work for the major. Students also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program. The program provides concentrated studies and clinical experiences leading to national certification in athletic training. Athletic trainers work with active patients, including athletes, to help prevent injuries, offer advice about appropriate equipment, recognize and evaluate injuries, administer emergency treatment, and determine need for specialized medical care. Athletic trainers also work as members of health care teams involved in postinjury rehabilitation. Employment opportunities for graduates include work as health care professionals for sports medicine clinics and hospitals, who often work with secondary school athletic teams. Additional education usually is required for employment with professional, college, and university athletic teams. Teacher certification is recommended but not required. Admission to the major in athletic training is competitive; students must apply and be admitted. See "Admission to the Major" below. Students who have not formally contacted the athletic training program director before enrolling at The University of Iowa should talk to an athletic training advisor or their academic advisor upon entering the University. Early advising for course selection is vital to ensure that students take prerequisites and sequenced skill development courses in the right order. Students should begin taking prerequisites for required major courses during their first year and should complete their final prerequisites after admission to the athletic training major. For current information on rules, procedures, and curriculum, contact the athletic training program director.

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

Prerequisite to Application to the Major

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

027 Exploring Athletic Training
1.0

CLAS General Education Requirements

All students entering the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who wish to earn BA, BS, BFA, BLS, or BM degrees must complete the requirements of the CLAS General Education Program (GEP). There are 9 required areas within the current General Education Program for 2009-2010 with 12 different categories of courses. To fulfill the area requirements, students may select courses from numerous disciplines, with all GE courses providing a foundation in critical thinking, reading, and writing. More advanced GE courses allow students to continue the pursuit of a wide-range of interests relating to or in addition to the major well into the senior year. For a list of courses approved for each area, see General Education Program Areas&Course Lists on the General Education Program web site.

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

Rhetoric

Rhetoric courses help students to develop skills in speaking, writing, listening, and critical reading, and to build competence in research, analysis, and argumentation. Because these skills are basic to the rest of a student's study in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, students must register for their assigned rhetoric course at their first or second registration, as required, and must continue to enroll in rhetoric until the required courses are completed. All transfer students, regardless of the number of semester hours they transfer, must fulfill the rhetoric requirement of the General Education Program. The admission degree audit shows The University of Iowa rhetoric requirement that must be completed. Students required to enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes as a result of their English proficiency evaluation must complete all ESL classes before registration in any rhetoric class. Required ESL courses are prerequisites to rhetoric courses.

4.0 Hrs. required.

010 Rhetoric
4.0

Foreign Language

Foreign Language courses provide students with speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in a second language. These courses also provide some knowledge of the culture(s) in which the language is spoken. To fulfill the Foreign Language requirement of the General Education Program, students must: complete the fourth-year level of a foreign language in high school; or complete the last course in the designated course sequence of an approved foreign language at The University of Iowa, or the equivalent course at another college or university, or during study abroad; or pass an achievement test measuring proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to that usually attained after four semesters of college study.WHEN A STUDENT'S FIRST LANGUAGE IS NOT ENGLISHStudents who completed secondary school in a language other than English, hold non-immigrant visas, and meet the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences English proficiency requirement may use English to fulfill the Foreign Language requirement of the General Education Program. The English proficiency requirement may be satisfied by: a score of 600 or above (paper-based) or 280 or above (computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or successful completion of required English as a Second Language (ESL) courses as determined by an English proficiency evaluation conducted by the Department of Linguistics; or validation of English proficiency by the coordinator of English as a Second Language. Note: Currently, The University of Iowa also accepts the International English Testing System (IELTS) as certification of English language proficiency for admission of students whose first language is not English; IELTS is accepted as an alternative to TOEFL. IELTS cut-off scores are 6.5 for undergraduate admission and 7.0 for graduate admission, with no subscore lower than 6.0. All students who submit IELTS scores must take the on-campus English Proficiency Evaluation (EPE) prior to their first University of Iowa registration. Students who completed secondary school (grades 9-12 or 10-12) in English may not use English to fulfill the Foreign Language requirement of the General Education Program. These students must fulfill the Foreign Language requirement of the General Education Program in another way.

1 courses required.

Approved General Education Course Sequences

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers a number of course sequences that can be used to fulfill the Foreign Language requirement of the General Education Program. To avoid duplication or regression, students are advised to consult the appropriate foreign language department before registering.OTHER COURSE SEQUENCES A student who successfully completes a four-semester foreign language sequence that has not been approved for General Education may have the sequence substitute for a proficiency test and thus fulfill the General Education requirement. The department offering the sequence should contact Graduation Analysis directly on behalf of the student to have the degree evaluation updated to show completion of the General Education Foreign Language requirement. Departments do not need to notify the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences of the update. Departments that offer foreign language sequences through the fourth semester of proficiency on a regular basis may want to instruct students on this possible General Education credit by noting it on the appropriate ISIS course description. These departments also should pursue the possibility of General Education status for the foreign language sequence as soon as feasible.

1 courses required.

American Sign Language

Courses in American Sign Language (ASL) are offered by the American Sign Language Program. The following sequence fulfills the General Education Foreign Language requirement.Students with previous knowledge of American Sign Language should consult the ASL program for placement.

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

158 American Sign Language I
4.0
158 American Sign Language II
4.0
158 American Sign Language III
4.0
158 American Sign Language IV
4.0

Interpretation of Literature

The skills students develop in Rhetoric classes are expanded in Interpretation of Literature courses. Working in small classes, students focus on the major genres of literature (short and long fiction, poetry, drama) and increase their abilities to read and analyze a variety of texts. All students must complete an Interpretation of Literature course (3 s.h.) or have equivalent transfer credit or credit by examination. Exception: students who major in English may take a course approved in the Humanities area as a substitute for an Interpretation of Literature course.

3.0 Hrs. required.

08G The Interpretation of Literature
3.0

Historical Perspectives

Courses in Historical Perspectives help students understand a period(s) of the past in its(their) own terms; comprehend the historical processes of change and continuity; sharpen their analytical skills in the evaluation of evidence; and develop their ability to generalize, explain, and interpret historical change. All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of course work approved in this area. Students may use a second 3 s.h. of course work approved in this area to partially fulfill the Distributed General Education requirement of the General Education Program.

3.0 Hrs. required.

01H Western Art And Culture Before 1400
3.0

Humanities

The Humanities category focuses on the ways in which individuals and cultures have interpreted and understood themselves, others, and the world. Humanities courses may explore the nature and meaning of artistic forms (across the spectrum of the fine arts and literature of the past and present), human values and value systems (including current and historical ideas in philosophy and religion), and other expressions of human aspiration, belief, and creation. The courses teach verbal, analytic, perceptual, and imaginative skills needed to interpret and examine culture, community, identity formation, and the human experience. All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of course work approved in this area. Students may use a second 3 s.h. of course work approved in this area to partially fulfill the Distributed General Education requirement of the General Education Program.

3.0 Hrs. required.

01H Art and Visual Culture
3.0

Distributed General Education

6 semester hours with a minimum of 3 semester hours taken from two different categories

2 courses required.

Cultural Diversity

Cultural Diversity courses foster greater understanding of the diversity of cultures in the United States and provide knowledge and critical understanding of these cultures. Most courses focus on one or more nondominant cultures or peoples of the United States. Some courses include comparative study with cultures outside the United States, but the primary focus is on the U.S. experience. Students may use 3 s.h. of course work approved in this area to partially fulfill the Distributed General Education requirement of the General Education Program.

1 courses required.

01H Art Of Precolumb Amer Ntv Amer Oceania
3.0

Fine Arts

Fine Arts courses provide students with knowledge of the history, theory, and appreciation of varied disciplines in the creative arts. Courses also may provide students with studio, performance, and production experiences. Students may use 3 s.h. of course work approved in this area to partially fulfill the Distributed General Education requirement of the General Education Program.

3.0 Hrs. required.

01B Elements of Art
3.0

Free Electives

10.0 Hrs. required.

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