College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Pre-Athletic Training

Degree Option

Regulations and Academic Requirements

Pre-Athletic Training web site

The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2023-2024 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

Program Overview

Students in the Pre-Athletic Training program complete three years in the pre-AT track, followed by two years in the Master of Science in Athletic Training program.  After the first year in the Master’s program, students may earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree. 

Students in the pre-AT program are guaranteed an interview for admission to Drake's Master’s program.  During the pre-AT program, students may pursue membership in professional organizations, providing the chance to network with fellow students across the state and country.

Pre-AT students enroll in the Issues in Health Sciences course series through which they gain job shadowing experiences, career exploration opportunities, innovation and practice management skills, and health care system understanding. 

Requirements for Major

The following is a list of courses that Pre-AT students would take at Drake while completing their bachelor's degree to prepare for admission into the Master of Science in Athletic Training program. 

Course Credits
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
HSCI 020 - Introduction to Health Sciences 2
HSCI 021 - Professionalism in Health Care 2
HSCI 025 - Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System 3
HSCI 055 - Innovation and Leadership in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 060 - Statistics in Health Sciences, or
STAT 060 - Statistics for the Life Sciences
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 102 - Health Economics (or ECON 002 - Microeconomics) 3
HSCI 105 - Values and Ethics in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 106 - Culture Care and Health Literature 3
HSCI 125 - Physiology, or
BIO 129 - Mammalian Physiology, or
PHAR 125 - Physiology (lab included for 4 credits)
HSCI 125L - Physiology Lab, or
BIO 129L - Mammalian Physiology Lab
HSCI 141 - Human Anatomy with lab 4
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
INTD 025 - Blueprint for Success 1
MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
PHY 011 - Gen Physics I 4
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology  4
General Electives 25
Total 96

Program Notes

Elective credits include Drake Curriculum requirements not fulfilled by required coursework as well as non-required coursework that permits exploration of and/or advanced study in areas of professional interest within the student’s primary degree. Electives should be intentionally selected and provide the student with an opportunity to not only pursue areas of intellectual interest, but also to develop an individual brand that may benefit them in their professional or academic future. Electives should (a) expand upon information presented in the standard curriculum, (b) introduce new information that is relevant to the field of study, (c) or prepare the student for graduate study. It is recommended that at least 40 elective credit hours are numbered 100-level or higher for graduate and doctoral programs. Students should refer to their degree evaluation for determination of the total number of required elective credits.


HSCI Undergraduate Courses (16 credits)

  • BIO 133/L – Kinesiology & Lab – 4 cr.
  • BIO 134/L – Exercise Physiology & Lab – 4 cr.           
  • HSCI 107 – Skeletal Muscle Structure & Function – 3 cr.      
  • HSCI 149 – Intro to Athletic Training & Sports Medicine – 3 cr.
  • PHAR 126 – Principles of Nutrition – 2 cr.

AT Graduate Courses (24 credits)

    • Electives – 14 credits
    • HSCI 155 & 156 – Guided Research I & II – 4 cr.
    • HSCI 196 & 197 – Health Sciences Internship I & II – 6 cr.



Regulations and Academic Requirements

Pre-AT students should become familiar with the General Information section of this catalog, which covers many regulations that affect all Drake University students. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences also has a number of specific regulations and requirements that must be met to progress through the Pre-AT curriculum. Some of these are listed below; others are available in the College Student Handbook (

Many courses have prerequisite requirements. Admission to a course is denied if prerequisite courses have not been successfully completed. Therefore, deviations from the curriculum as it is structured require careful consideration. Course prerequisites may be found in the area of the catalog.

Students may apply a maximum of nine hours of elective coursework on a credit/no credit basis toward graduation. Courses regularly graded on a credit/no credit basis are not included within the 9 hours maximum. The student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 before registering in a course on a credit/no credit basis.

Pre-AT students are assigned a faculty member as their faculty mentor. Faculty mentors help students:

  • Adapt to the college environment
  • Assist in the development of the student's education plan by providing input and feedback
  • Encourage discussions about the appropriateness of their chosen career track and the career options within the profession
  • Assist in identification of opportunities for professional skill development and
  • Make appropriate referrals to university student service offices when academic or personal difficulties arise.

The Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management is responsible for coordinating the registration process, verifying appropriate registration of courses, approving educational plan waivers and transfer credit requests, updating degree audits with regard to substitutions, waivers and transfer courses, answering student questions regarding registration, credit completion, course transfer process and study-abroad opportunities, and coordinating and communicating opportunities for internship, study abroad, research and postgraduate study. The final responsibility for completion of graduation requirements, however, belongs to the student and, accordingly, each student should become familiar not only with the curriculum but also with the academic regulations of the college.

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.