Athletic Training (Pre-Athletic Training)

Catalog Year


Total Credits




Career Cluster

Health Science

Department of Human Performance
1400 Highland Center
Office: 507-389-6313


  • BIOL 105 General Biology 1 (4 credits)
  • BIOL 201 Anatomy and Physiology 1 (4 credits) and BIOL 202 Anatomy and Physiology 2 (4 credits) or BIOL 325 Principles of Human Anatomy (4 credits) and BIOL 330 Principles of Human Physiology (4 credits)
  • HLTH 295 Professional Preparation in Health Careers (1 credit) or HP 260 Introduction to Exercise Science & Practitioner-Based Professions (3 credits) or HP 170 Introduction to Sports Medicine (2 credits)-students should take the course most appropriate for their plan of study.
  • HP 314 Physiology of Exercise (3 credits)
  • HP 363 Science of Strength Training and Kinesiology (3 credits)
  • HP 431 Biomechanics (3 credits) - students may take HP 328 Pathomechanics in Sports Medicine in place of HP 363 and HP 431 if appropriate for their plan of study.
  • STAT 154 Elementary Statistics (4 credits) or HP 315W Research Methods and Statistics in Exercise Science (3 credits)
  • FCS 140 Introduction to Nutrition (3 credits) or FCS 242 Nutrition for Healthcare Professionals (3 credits)
  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychological Science or a higher psychology course (4 credits)
  • HLTH 210 Emergency Medical Responder First Aid and CPR (3 credits)
  • CHEM 111 Chemistry of Life Processes Part II or a higher chemistry course (5 credits)
  • PHYS 101 Introductory Physics (3 credits) or any higher Physics course (4 credits)
  • HLTH 101 Health and the Environment (3 credits) or a higher public/community health course

Preferred Prerequisite Courses
Not required, but may assist in application admission decisions as individual programs may require the courses as additional foundational requirements.

  • HLTH 321 Medical Terminology (3 credits)
  • HP 340 Prevention and Care (2 credits)
  • HLTH 460 Introduction to Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • HP 315W Research Methods and Statistics in Exercise Science (3 credits) or another research methods course

Total: 46-60 credits

Additional Information:

Pre-Athletic Training is not a major. You are required to select a major to complete for your degree. Most institutions do not require a specific undergraduate major. The following majors are related to pre-athletic training with joint coursework: Exercise Science, Biology, Applied Heath Science, Physical Education/Health Education, or Psychology.

While graduate programs generally do not require a specific undergraduate major, they are concerned with your performance in undergraduate coursework, specifically your GPA, and expect that you have successfully completed all prerequisite coursework. Students should check their professional schools of choice for specific admission requirements as well as the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) web site ( for information on pre-professional preparation and professional programs.

Note: International applicants should visit the specific program/institution for which they are interested in applying since they may have differing minimal internet TOEFL or IELTS scores.