Laura Mount C'07
“I liked North Park because it was the best of both worlds,” Laura says. “A small school in a big city.” She came to North Park because of the opportunity to complete the athletic training program while playing basketball. Laura was a four-year starter on the women’s basketball team, and was named to multiple all-tournament teams, including four tournaments in her senior year. In 2012, she was inducted into the Viking Hall of Fame.
Like many athletic training majors, Laura continued her education with a graduate program. After graduation, she accepted an assistantship at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she completed her master’s degree and served as athletic trainer for the national championship women’s basketball team. “I felt like I had a leg up when I started school again because of the education I got at North Park,” she says. “Having the background as an athletic trainer helped me get into school and line up particular rotations.”
Laura went on to become head athletic trainer and adjunct professor at Trinity International University. She is completing a physician’s assistant degree, and will then pursue a position in orthopedic surgery.
Patrick Chun C'09
Patrick’s experiences at North Park’s athletic training clinical sites led to his position as assistant athletic trainer at Concordia University Chicago, through Athletico. “The campus location allows for exclusive types of opportunities and creates a one-of-a-kind learning experience,” says Patrick. “That’s what brought me to North Park.”
“Being in Chicago gives the program an ability to place students in high-level and exceptional clinical sites,” says Patrick, “allowing for the most beneficial learning opportunities.” For his off-campus clinical sites, Patrick was placed in the Maine South High School football program, which won the Class 8A state championship, and the University of Illinois-Chicago men’s and women’s gymnastics programs.
Having taken advantage of those opportunities as a student, Patrick now sees just how useful they were for his career. “I was placed at very unique clinical sites,” he says. “The athletic training program at North Park gave me the experience needed for success in the field, and my clinicals and professors gave me the tools needed to excel at my job.”