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July 26, 2018

Athletic Training at North Park: Patrick Pauley C’16

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Patrick Pauley, C’16

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

When Patrick Pauley first began his search for an athletic training program, he was a non-traditional student and needed to attend a program in the Chicago area. After calling several universities in the area, Pauley was put in touch with Andrew Lundgren, the athletic training program director at North Park. “Andrew went above and beyond to make sure I had all my questions answered. He invited me to campus for a tour and introduced me to as many people as possible. I knew I was making the right choice based on the way Andrew treated a prospective student and the pride he had in the athletic training program at NPU.”

After receiving his BS in athletic training at North Park, Pauley went on to spend two years as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at DePaul University where he has recently completed his master of science in sports, fitness, and recreation leadership. Pauley now serves as the head athletic trainer with the Chicago Dogs professional baseball team and specializes in working with overhead athletes.

Pauley recalls building his Chicago network while an undergraduate at North Park. “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.”

Pauley says he has been able to apply the practical skills he learned at North Park to his professional roles. “Critical thinking was constantly stressed throughout the program which is required every day as an athletic trainer. The faculty and staff in the athletic training program were very supportive of our academic success and our future after graduation.”

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