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.
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 from Certified Athletic Trainers
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.
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.
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.
- 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