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Athletic Training

Certified Athletic Trainers at North Park University

North Park University's athletic training faculty and staff are all Certified Athletic Trainers who are passionate about helping you gain the knowledge and practical skills you need. As a student you'll work closely with them in both the classroom and on the sidelines. You'll utilize North Park's on-campus clinical facilities as you assist them in providing training services to the University's Division III athletic teams. You'll also develop close relationships with faculty as mentors and advisors as you complete off-campus clinical rotations and progress through the program toward your goal of becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer.

Meet our faculty and staff

Athletic Training Alumni

North Park’s athletic training program puts you on the path to a wide range of exciting career options. Just ask alumni Laura Mount C’07 and Patrick Chun C’09. After graduating, Laura completed a master’s degree and served as an athletic trainer for two universities. She is currently completing a physician assistant degree program. Patrick’s experiences at North Park’s clinical sites led to his position as assistant athletic trainer at Concordia University Chicago.

Read more about Laura and Patrick.

Athletic Training
Why Study Athletic Training?

With an increased focus on healthcare, one of the job market’s fastest-growing occupations and in-demand degree tracks is athletic training. Whether you want to be on the front lines of playing field action or rehabilitating injured patients, athletic training offers a variety of opportunities. Athletic trainers are certified healthcare providers who work in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports organizations, hospitals, and physicians offices, as well as industry, corporate, military, and performing arts settings.

Why Choose North Park

Why North Park?

North Park’s athletic training program gives you the hands-on experience and real-life application skills you can use immediately after graduating. As the only accredited undergraduate athletic training program in the city of Chicago, our athletic training students are in high demand for exciting clinical experiences and internships. Our curriculum blends classroom and clinical experience, preparing you to successfully pass the Board of Certification exam to become a certified athletic trainer.

North Park’s Athletic Training Educational Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Careers in Athletic Training
  • Athletic trainer for professional, college, or secondary school sports
  • Athletic trainer in a sports medicine clinic
  • Physical or occupational therapist
  • Physician assistant
  • Instructor

Career Development and Internships

Alumni Careers
  • Head Athletic Trainer, Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS)
  • Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy, Athletico
  • Assistant Athletic Trainer, Concordia University Chicago
  • Assistantship, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Professor, Trinity International University
Athletic Training Application Process

Students interested in applying to the athletic training major start by taking the introduction to athletic training course during their first semester at North Park. In this course, you’ll not only learn the about the profession, you’ll also receive an application packet for the program. This application process takes place during the spring semester of your first year.

Read more about admission requirements for this program.

Clinical Rotations

Hands-on experience is key to becoming an athletic trainer. Our program includes six clinical rotations, utilizing our state-of-the-art on-campus facilities, as well as working at a variety of exciting, prestigious off-campus sites in the city of Chicago.

Meet the Faculty

Andrew Lundgren first came to North Park in 1996 as head athletic trainer and became the program director in 2000. Along with overseeing the Athletic Training Educational Program (ATEP), Andrew keeps his skills sharp by serving as the trainer for the men’s soccer team.

Learn more about Andrew Lundgren and the athletic training faculty.

Andrew Lundgren
Certified Athletic Trainers

The certified athletic trainer (ATC) is a healthcare professional that collaborates with physicians to provide care to a wide range of populations. To earn certification, ATCs must first graduate from an athletic training degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, as North Park is. During your final semester, you’ll be eligible to take the Board of Certification national exam.

North Park's first-attempt passing rate for the BOC exam is 86.96%, and the overall passing rate for graduates from North Park's ATEP is 95.65% (percentages are three-year aggregates). View the outcomes of our recently graduated students.