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Athletic Training (B.S.)

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Why Study Athletic Training at NIU?

Athletic trainers prevent, diagnose and intervene medical conditions that include impairment, functional limitations and disability. Our experiential and research-informed athletic training program prepares you to lead and succeed in this career as a highly skilled health professional.

You will become a certified athletic trainer who collaborates with physicians to foster optimal activity and life-participation of your patients and clients. As a member of a complete health care team, certified athletic trainers work under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care professionals, athletics administrators, coaches and parents.


Student Quotes

"I love having knowledgeable and caring professors (like my favorite, Phil Voorhis, NIU"s head athletic trainer!) who are willing to 'go beyond' to make sure that you get it and that you're on your way to success."
Alfredo Cervantes

Careers with an Atheltic Training Degree

Our athletic training program is fully accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), and our graduates hold positions in some of the most prestigious sports programs, universities and hospitals throughout the Midwest.

Great news: The number of jobs for athletic trainers is expected to grow by 21 percent in coming years.

Beyond sports and medicine, other job opportunities for certified athletic trainers are available with the military, the performing arts and public safety.

Athletic Training Faculty

Our faculty strive for excellence with innovative and effective instruction, impactful research and service to the community and the field.

Hands-on Learning Opportunities

Through innovative classes such as Techniques of Resistance Training, Principles of Injury Prevention and Care, Psychological Aspects of Sport and Exercise and Emergency Medical Response, you will study clinical evaluation and diagnosis, therapeutic interventions, health care administration and more.

In our state-of-the-art labs, you'll learn clinical skills through mock evaluations integrated simulations using a manikin-patient.

  • Our students also have enjoyed amazing real-world experiences with the Chicago Marathon and the Special Olympics as well as in high schools, universities, hospitals and clinics and with amateur and professional sports Chicago professional teams include the Bears, Cubs, Sky, Bandits and Rush.

If you like to travel, our students have tackled out-of-state experiences at the ESPN Wide World of Sports inside Walt Disney World and with several top NCAA teams, including Notre Dame and the University of Tennessee.