Application Process

Students who intend to major in athletic training at North Park must follow the application process and meet admission requirements to the Athletic Training Educational Program (ATEP). Entrance into North Park does not guarantee entrance into the ATEP. This selective program maintains an 8:1 student-to-clinical instructor ratio, which promotes quality education and ensures exceptional opportunities for hands-on learning.

Step 1: Enroll in Introduction to Athletic Training (EXS 1610, 2 semester hours)

Approximately 12 to 15 students are accepted into the program each year. You should take Introduction to Athletic Training (EXS 1610) during your first semester at North Park, where you’ll receive an ATEP application packet (see specific requirements below for more details).

Transfer students should contact Andrew Lundgren, program director, directly for transfer information. Transfer students are accepted into ATEP based on space availability; priority is given to students who begin at North Park and participate in the standard ATEP admissions process. If space remains, preference is given to students who have met similar admissions requirements at comparable schools. All ATEP students must successfully complete all credits for the major at North Park.

Step 2: Complete the ATEP Application Process

You’ll apply to ATEP during the spring semester of your first year, and will know in early April if you’ve been admitted to the program. This will help you enroll for the correct courses to being the ATEP curriculum in the fall of your second year. Athletic training students are expected to earn an overall GPA of 2.50 as well as complete observation hours in the North Park athletic training room before beginning the ATEP curriculum.

Specific Requirements

(These will be reviewed in detail during the EXS 1610 course.)
  • Completed application form
  • Passing score on the ATEP entrance exam (taken during the spring semester of your first year)
  • Verification of good health and immunizations by an appropriate health-care provider
  • Verification that you can meet technical standards (forms are available in program director's office)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Completion of 50 observation hours in the North Park athletic training room
  • Completed clinical proficiencies list
  • Transcript showing the successful completion of the following courses taken at North Park, with a GPA of 2.50 or better:
  • EXS 1000 Personal Health
  • EXS 1600 First Aid and CPR
  • EXS 1610 Introduction to Athletic Training (must have a 2.67/"B-" or better)
  • BIOL 1250 Introduction to Human Anatomy
  • Transcript from North Park showing an overall GPA of 2.50 or better
  • Completion of a formal interview with the selection committee

Student Athletes

Students participating in intercollegiate athletics at North Park are welcome to apply to the program. ATEP has a significant clinical component which often requires commitment during afternoons, evenings, and on weekends. It is possible that time conflicts between sport demands and clinical requirements will occur. Although every effort is made to minimize these conflicts, it is possible that you may have to complete a clinical rotational during your traditional athletic season.

If admitted to ATEP as a student athlete, you will only be able to participate on one intercollegiate team per academic year, and only during your team’s traditional season. You will only be allowed to participate in the non-traditional season if it doesn’t interfere with course requirements.