What Does the 3+2 Program Offer?
The 3+2 program combines a BS in exercise science (pre-athletic training concentration) with an MS in athletic training. In this accelerated format, students complete both degrees in five years.
Beginning in 2022, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) will require athletic trainers to be enrolled in a CAATE-accredited master’s program to sit for the BOC exam. To meet these standards, North Park is now a fully accredited 3+2 program, supported by its commitment to a high-quality education with access to clinical experience, hands-on training, and seasoned faculty.
Applicants with a completed bachelor’s degree may apply directly to North Park’s master of science in athletic training program.
Transfer students should contact the program director for details on how to fast track your degree.
High school seniors may apply to North Park’s 3+2 accelerated master’s degree. Students will receive a BS in exercise science upon completing four years of study and an MS in athletic training upon completing the fifth year.
- 120 hours of undergraduate coursework (includes 30 hours of graduate coursework)
- 60 hours of graduate coursework
- Full program requirements
Real Life Application
Chicago is home to an active population and is a hub for professional sports teams, national and international sporting events, and leading healthcare institutions. MSAT candidates are matched with career-building clinical internships, graduating with real-life applicable experience and a network of relationships.
The 3+2 curriculum prepares students to pass their Board of Certification (BOC) exam while also focusing on five main areas:
- Immediate Care
Hands-on Clinical Facilities
Students practice their skills and prepare for clinical practice in our dedicated athletic training education center—seamlessly transitioning from in-the-classroom learning to hands-on training.
Once in the lab, students use newly acquired skills and techniques.
Illinois ranks fourth in the U.S. for number of employed athletic trainers. In particular, Chicago, Naperville, and Arlington Heights have high numbers of working athletic trainers. (United States Department of Labor Statistics 2015).
Clinical and in-the-field job opportunities are plentiful. Graduates have careers serving:
- Orthopedic physician practices
- National Football League
- Major League Soccer
- Secondary schools
- Industrial Settings
Learn from Professional Athletic Trainers
All of North Park’s athletic training faculty and staff are passionate about helping students gain the knowledge and practical skills they need for a successful career. Students learn in the classroom and on the sidelines. While utilizing on-campus clinical facilities, students assist clinicians in providing healthcare to the University’s Division III athletic teams. Students will also have clinical experiences in high schools, hospitals, clinics, and professional sports settings throughout the Chicagoland area.
Athletic Training Alumni
Brody Burkart C’16
Currently Pursuing a DPT at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
“As a student, I obtained over 1,250 hours of clinical experience and built lasting relationships that helped solidify my spot amongst a vastly competitive pool of physical therapy applicants.”
Ashley Campos C’18
Currently Pursuing an OT at Samuel Merritt University
“The faculty deeply cared for me and my career. They made sure I not only understood the material but was able to use what I learned in the lab and at my clinical rotation.”
Patrick Pauley C’16
Head Athletic Trainer for the Chicago Dogs Professional Baseball Team
“The athletic training program at NPU offered clinical rotations in the Chicago area and real-world experience at the Chicago Marathon that allowed me to expand my network of sports medicine professionals.”