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 licensed 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.
Important Note: North Park University is transitioning its CAATE-accredited undergraduate athletic training degree to an entry-level master’s degree. This is in response to the requirement that soon athletic trainers must possess a master’s degree to enter the workforce. After the 2017-2018 academic year, we will no longer be accepting students into our undergraduate athletic training program. Instead, students who come to campus during 2018-2019 and beyond will be eligible to complete our 3+2 accelerated master’s degree where the student can receive both a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master of science degree in athletic training in 5 calendar years pending final approval of HLC and the CAATE.
Faculty Spotlight: Andrew Lundgren
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 Program (ATP), Andrew keeps his skills sharp by serving as the athletic trainer for the men’s soccer team.
Learn from Professional Athletic Trainers
North Park University’s athletic training faculty and staff are all 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 healthcare 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 an athletic trainer.
Facilities and Clinical Education
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.
- Head Athletic Trainer, Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS)
- Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy, Athletico
- Athletic Trainer, Los Angeles Rams (NFL)
- Physical Therapist, Novacare
- Athletic Trainer, Cincinnati Bengals (NFL)
- Physician Assistant
- Industrial Athletic Trainer, American Airlines
Program 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.