Coaching Authorization

NIACC offers four courses (totaling 5 credit hours) that meet the requirements to coach in the state of Iowa.  These four courses are offered four times a year.  One of these courses, PEC-127 Care & Prevention, requires attendance on one scheduled day at NIACC.  In addition to these courses NIACC also offers a First Aid course (1 credit hour), which provides the CPR certification that is required for a coaching authorization in the state of Iowa.  Questions regarding specific courses offered at NIACC should be directed to the instructor for that course.  Below is a list of the courses, brief descriptions, and instructor information.

Coaching authorization applications and questions should be submitted or directed to the State of Iowa Board of Educational Examiners office:

State of Iowa Board of Educational Examiners Licensure
Grimes State Office Building
400 East 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0147
515-281-6896
Website: http://www.boee.iowa.gov/how_do_i/coach/a.html

Steps to Register for Coaching Classes at NIACC

New students follow steps 1 and 2 listed below.  Current students start at step 3 below.

  1. First Step is to fill out an application for admissions at https://www.niacc.edu/admissions/apply-now/
  2. Second Step is to fill out the registration form https://www.niacc.edu/academics/online-courses/course-registration-form/
  3. Current students only, contact your counselor in the Student Development Office to search and register for available classes.

Coaching Authorization Classes Offered at NIACC


PEC-110: Coaching Ethics, Techniques and Theory (1 credit hour)

This one-credit course is an introduction to guiding principles and techniques of coaching interscholastic athletics.  It includes discussion of theory, ethics, and professional responsibilities as they relate to coaching interscholastic athletics.   

Instructor contact information:  Heather DeWaard-Flickinger (dewaahea@niacc.edu)


PEC-115: Athletic Development and Human Growth (1 credit hour)

This one-credit course focuses on human growth and development in relationship to physical activity, with special attention on children and adolescents. (Students who have had a Human Growth and Development course, i.e. NIACC's Human Growth and Development 80:320, or Developmental Psychology PSY-121, may not need to take this course.)

Instructor contact information:  Heather DeWaard-Flickinger (dewaahea@niacc.edu)


PEC-122: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology for Coaching (1 credit hour)

This one-credit course is an introduction to anatomy and physiology with an emphasis on the connection to athletic activities.  It is an introductory course for prospective coaches with little or no background in anatomy and physiology. (Students who have already had an Anatomy and Physiology course, i.e. NIACC's Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO-206, may not need to take this course.)

Instructor contact information:  Mark Vrba (vrbamark@niacc.edu)


PEC-127: Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (2 credit hours)

This two-credit course is an introduction to injury recognition, treatment techniques, taping, and wrapping. Preventative measures to reduce injuries in physical activity/sport will also be discussed.

Instructor contact information:  Mark Vrba (vrbamark@niacc.edu)


PEH-140: First Aid (1 credit hours)

Lecture-type course designed to give the layperson adequate first aid knowledge and skills with emphasis on accident prevention and recognition and treatment of common medical emergencies.  Students will complete the HeartSaver First Aid and Adult, Child, & Infant CPR/AED certification through the American Heart Association in this course.

Instructor contact information:  Heather DeWaard-Flickinger (dewaahea@niacc.edu)

First Aid is only offered face to face two times a year (first 8 weeks of the fall semester and second 8 weeks of the spring semester).

First Aid is not a course requirement for a coaching authorization, however this course does allow students to obtain a CPR certification which is a requirement for applying for a coaching authorization in the state of Iowa.  CPR certification can also be obtained through NIACC’s Continuing Education.  Click the link HeartSaver CPR Certification Courses to view a schedule of certification courses offered on NIACC’s campus. 


Steps to Search for Coaching Classes at NIACC

Click the Course Offerings link to search for available course offerings. 

  1. Locate the heading “You can register for online courses after completing the following steps:” and click on the link “Search for online course sections” (#4 on the list).
  2. On the Search for Sections webpage click on the “Term” dropdown menu and select the term you are searching for available courses. 
  3. Then click on the “Subjects” dropdown menu, scroll down and select “Coaching Officiating.”  If you are searching for First Aid course offerings do not select any “Subjects” from the dropdown menu, instead type “First Aid” into the “Course Title Keyword(s)” box.
  4. Then click the submit button at the bottom of the screen.  This will allow you to search for available coaching authorization classes offered by term.

Additional Information

NOTE: All of the above courses are given letter grades, they are not taken pass/fail.

PLEASE NOTE: To obtain your coaching authorization you will need to submit an application to the State of Iowa Board of Educational Examiners office and an official transcript of the required courses taken.

To obtain an official transcript stop in to the NIACC Records Office.  If you have any questions regarding your NIACC transcript contact the Records Office at (641)-422-4376.