Pre-Athletic Training

Pre-Athletic Training

Central College’s curriculum combines classroom concepts with real-life situations. Whether you want to become an athletic trainer or prepare for a pre-health program, you’ll benefit from collaboration with seasoned faculty and health care professionals. The content of this program will prepare you for top graduate programs.

Confidence in the Field

Confidence in the Field

“My coaches and professors have taught me to take something head on and give it everything I have.” – Cheyanna Jennings ’20

Hometown: Hermitage, Missouri
Major: Athletic Training
Minors: Philosophy and Psychology

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The Real World


Successful Careers

Central College graduates have found successful careers in athletic training.
  • Brandon Zumbach ’18, minor league athletic trainer, Houston Astros, Houston, Texas
  • Brett Boddicker ’17, athletic training doctoral program, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana
  • Julie Wunder ’14, physical therapy school, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Joe Rosauer ’12, athletic trainer, Jackson Generals (Double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks), Jackson, Tennessee
  • Shane Nelson ’11, athletic trainer, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho
  • Nate Weir ’05, assistant athletic trainer, Green Bay Packers, Green Bay, Wisconsin


  • CAAT (Club Associated with Athletic Training)
  • Exercise Science Club
  • Health Professions Club
No matter what your interests are, Central has a student group for you! Learn how you can get involved with groups and organizations at Central.
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Graduate Placement

  • Des Moines University, physical therapy
  • Old Dominion University, athletic training
  • Texas A&M University, athletic training
  • University of Colorado, athletic training

Master’s Degree Program Affiliations

  • Drake University
  • Grand View University
  • Loras College


  • Auburn University
  • Illinois State University
  • Iowa Ortho
  • Iowa State University
  • Physiotherapy Associates
  • Sterling Physical Therapy

Courses & Faculty

Pre-athletic training students at Central progress through an educational sequence that stresses critical thinking skills and fulfills prerequisite requirements for top graduate programs.

The pre-athletic training major is affiliated with exercise science.


Learn more about Pre-Athletic Training in the course catalog.

Meet the faculty:

Shelli Green, B.A., M.S. Instructor and Clinical Education Coordinator of Exercise Science, interest areas include: athletic training and exercise science

Cody Huisman, B.A., D.C. Assistant Professor of Exercise Science, interest areas include: human anatomy and physiology, structural kinesiology, functional movement screens and strength and conditioning

David Pavlat, B.S., M.S., Ed.D. Associate Professor of Exercise Science, interest areas include: physiology, kinesiology

Pam Richards, B.S., M.S., Ed.D. Associate Professor of Exercise Science, interest areas include: information literacy, exercise science curriculum, program assessment and health/wellness education

John Roslien, B.S., M.S. Associate Professor Exercise Science, interest areas include: professional leadership

Sara Shuger Fox, B.S., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Exercise Science, interest areas include: Electronic feedback for diet and physical activity, sports nutrition, Exercise Is Medicine and Blue Zones

Katelin Valster, B.A., M.S. Lecturer of Exercise Science, interest areas include: sport performance, impact of activity on chronic disease, older adult fitness, service learning, female athletes and ACL injuries

Sample Schedule

First Year
  • Theory and Practical Applications of Skill-Related Fitness
  • Theory and Practical Applications of Health-Related Fitness
  • Foundations of Health and Exercise Science
  • First Aid and Sports Injuries
  • Introduction to Cells
  • Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology + lab
  • Psychology
Sophomore Year
  • Introduction to Physics
  • General Chemistry + lab
  • Human Anatomy and Kinesiology
  • Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription
Junior Year
  • Principles and Theories of Strength and Conditioning
  • Principles of Personal Training
  • Sport Nutrition
  • Introduction to Statistics of Applied Statistics
Senior Year
  • Biomechanics
  • Epidemiology of Physical Activity
  • Motor Learning
  • Exercise Physiology + lab

The Central Difference

Learn in Nationally Recognized Facilities

You’ll spend a great deal of time in the Ron Schipper Fitness Center, which features a 2,000-square-foot athletic training area. In Central’s state-of-the-art exercise science building, you’ll find a dedicated classroom that features taping stations and exam tables instead of desks. The human performance lab features a hydrostatic underwater weighing tank, one of only three in the Midwest. The building uses LCD screens and classroom capture, which enables all classes to be videotaped so you can review them later.


Take Your College Career to the Next Level: Study Abroad

Enhance your development as a global citizen and earn credits toward your major when you participate in one of Central’s international programs. Our Mérida program offers opportunities for pre-health-related internships. Our Wales program expands your studies with “Outdoor Pursuits,” which includes rock climbing, spelunking and more. It’ll help you get that much more ahead while gaining international experience. Get the attention of prospective employers and graduate schools by adding this to your résumé.

Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.

Learn More

Want to find out more about Pre-Athletic Training at Central? Contact us to learn more about this major and our other strong academic programs. Visit campus to observe classes and experience The Central Difference firsthand.