Undergraduate Programs

Mission

North Park University seeks to “build lives of significance and service” as understood in the Christian tradition.  A career in athletic training affords opportunities to honor and implement this vision.

The Athletic Training Program prepares students to successfully challenge the Board of Certification examination.  The four-year curriculum blends dynamic didactic and clinical experiences with an emphasis on learning over time.  The program’s learning environment has a strong incorporation of educational technologies and focuses on real-life application through hands-on experiences.  Upon leaving North Park, graduates will continue to seek greater understanding of athletic training as a discipline and will be given the tools to become lifelong learners and scholars capable of contributing to the evolution of the field and to societal health.

Objectives

  1. The graduate will have the ability to perform on-field/clinical assessments and evaluate the results to determine diagnoses consistent with an entry-level athletic trainer.
  2. The graduate will have the ability to develop, monitor, and modify rehabilitation programs consistent with an entry-level athletic trainer.
  3. The graduate will have the ability to develop and operate an athletic training program complete with budgeting, policies & procedures, and human resource management consistent with an entry-level athletic trainer.
  4. The graduate will have the ability to communicate effectively to coaches, parents, patients, student-athletes, and other medical personnel in ways consistent with an entry-level athletic trainer.
  5. The graduate will promote professional conduct of the athletic training profession in compliance with the code of ethics set forth by the NATA, the BOC Standards of Professional Practice, and applicable State Practice Acts.
  6. The graduate will appreciate the importance of continued learning and have the ability to identify resources that will facilitate additional scholarship.
  7. The graduate will convey a strong values system reflected in ethical practice, Christian principles and leadership.
  8. The graduate will have the ability to articulate and synthesize the city-centered, intercultural, and Christian perspectives of the North Park experience.

Goals

  1. Develop exceptional athletic trainers who exhibit the institution’s mission of “significance and service” through their commitment to lifelong learning and the enhancement of the athletic training profession.
  2. Exceed the three-year aggregate first-time Board of Certification examination pass rate set forth in the Standards for the Accreditation of Professional Athletic Training Programs published by the Committee on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.
  3. Exceed the three-year aggregate employment/placement rate established by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.