MATR Mission, Goals, and Objectives

Mission Statement

Athletic training is the art and science of the prevention, recognition, care, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. It involves the organization and administration of athletic training education programs, as well as the education and counseling of athletes and physically active individuals. Iowa State University’s athletic training program provides high-quality education striving to instill in the athletic training students the intellectual curiosity, evidence-based knowledge and clinical skills essential for their individual development. The athletic training program enrolls academically qualified students who represent diverse socio-economic levels, ethnic heritage and who provide a gender balance. The program faculty and clinical preceptors strive to prepare athletic training students to be productive and responsible citizens of the world and to foster affective, caring individuals to promote the profession of athletic training.

The Athletic Training faculty and clinical preceptors continually update educational curriculum to keep athletic training students current with field knowledge and to ensure the best possible undergraduate and graduate education in both the didactic and clinical settings.


  • To prepare athletic training students for the BOC Certification Exam.
  • To produce high-quality athletic trainers prepared for employment in educational, clinical, and professional settings.
  • To promote professional and ethical conduct at all times.
  • To provide athletic training students equal opportunity to develop their skills both in the classroom and in the clinical settings.
  • To continually update the curricular offerings to provide the athletic training student current evidence-based knowledge in the profession.
  • To provide high-quality instruction in the classroom and clinical experiences.
  • To assist the athletic training student in gaining employment.
  • To promote the concept of establishing professional contacts by attending professional and educational meetings.
  • To foster an appreciation of athletic training as a component of sports medicine.
  • To foster the affective, caring side of athletic training.


  1. Athletic training graduates will use effective communication skills.
  2. Athletic training graduates will demonstrate competence in athletic training skills and knowledge.
  3. Athletic training graduates will possess ethical, caring, professional attributes and behaviors as a health care professional.
  4. Athletic training graduates will demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills ensuring them of being an effective athletic trainer.
  5. Athletic training graduates will demonstrate the ability to apply clinical skills and make evidence-based decisions to optimize patient outcomes.

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Mary Meier

223 Forker Building
534 Wallace Rd
Ames, IA 50011-4008