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Athletic Training

  • Available as major (B.S. degree)

    Become part of the healthcare team. Help the athletes prevent and treat their injuries. Partner with others so they can achieve their full physical potential. Become an athletic trainer.

  • Program overview

    Our purpose as Athletic Training Education Program faculty and staff is to assist you in your professional endeavors. Our students graduate with the knowledge and skills to successfully complete the National Athletic Trainers' Association examination conducted by the Board of Certification (BOC), attend graduate school, and become gainfully employed as confident and prudent entry-level athletic training professionals.

    The didactic aspects of your education will introduce you to the scientific and medical research upon which our profession is built. Clinical rotations have been incorporated into the curriculum to introduce educational proficiencies. More importantly, they provide an opportunity for you to practice and hone your abilities in a non-threatening environment under the direct supervision of certified athletic trainers.

    Your clinical rotations at ONU will consist of experiences with:

    • 19 intercollegiate sports
    • An orthopedic physician at Orthopedic Associates of Kankakee
    • High school athletics at our clinical affiliate sites
    • Incorporating all your athletic training skills and knowledge through your senior capstone in our orthopedic clinical affiliate sites

    Most importantly, though, you will be exposed to the “Olivet Difference" during your professional preparation. While at Olivet you will be instructed by mentors who take the Christian walk seriously. The faculty, athletic training staff, coaches, athletes, and your peers are dedicated in helping you develop a well-rounded Christian perspective.

    A successful Christian contribution to society demands a supreme effort. Out of respect for the talents and abilities you have demonstrated thus far to earn acceptance into our program, we have designed a comprehensive athletic training education program that will ask nothing less than your best toward your personal and professional self-growth.

    At Olivet, you can:

    • Study injury assessment, assessment of medical conditions, therapeutic modalities and rehabilitation, pharmacology, sports psychology, kinesiology, nutrition.
    • Work closely with certified athletic trainers, physical therapists, physician assistants, and medical doctors within a number of the community clinical sites and practice your skills under their direct supervision.
    • Ground your learning in the medical research on which athletic training is based.
    • Complete six semesters of clinical rotations.
    • Learn from faculty mentors who are serious about their Christian walk and passionate about helping you in yours.
    • And so much more!

    Putting knowledge to work

    Beginning sophomore year, get experience by observing and assisting certified athletic trainers as they work with our athletes involved in the 19 intercollegiate sports on our campus.

    Complete six clinical semesters in athletic training as part of the program requirements. Work with our sports teams at ONU, at one or more of our clinical affiliate sites (high schools, community college, orthopedic rehabilitation clinics in the area) and design your own capstone or final project experience your senior year.

    The National Athletic Trainers’ Association provides a student membership. As a member, you have access to special events such as Quiz Bowl and iLead. You can get involved on committees, find out about scholarships, enter contests, study for the certification exam and investigate job opportunities.

    After completing the ONU Athletic Training Education Program requirements, you are ready for the next step. Any person who desires to pursue a career in athletic training must pass the NATA Board of Certification (NATABOC) examination for certification. The Athletic Training Education Program will prepare you to sit for the national exam. Currently, 90 percent of our students pass on their first attempt. You may also pursue additional education in a graduate school program. Our students are successfully obtaining graduate assistant positions at universities across the country while they complete their degree.


    A career as an athletic trainer may be for you if you:

    • enjoy the field of medicine
    • possess the stamina and ability to adapt
    • can handle different hours when you are doing what you love to do
    • want to help people
    • enjoy sports and the world of competition
    • value patience and understanding when relating with others
    • have strong social and communication skills
    • are organized and a good time manager
    • respect confidentiality
    • are inquisitive
    • enjoy interacting with people

    Your job as an athletic trainer may be in a sports or non-sports setting. You will work closely with other professionals: team physician, athletic director, practice manager, administrator, physical therapist and others. You may be included in business plans and decisions.

    In a sport or fitness setting, you will be more than a fitness or exercise expert. You will be one of the first healthcare providers on the scene when an injury happens. You will be the one to recognize, evaluate and assess the injury. You will provide any immediate care that is necessary.

    Working with athletes, you will be the professional who advises athletes how to avoid injury. Working closely with the injured athlete, you will help him/her identify the injury and determine a plan for activity and treatment.

    Athletic trainers are finding more career opportunities in high schools. There is a movement in a number of states for every high school to have a full time athletic trainer to work with student athletes. The demand for athletic trainers to work with young athletes who experience repetitive stress injuries is also increasing.

    In the health care industry, fitness centers and recreation sports centers, athletic trainers are more in demand. Many communities are hiring athletic trainers to work with police officers and firefighters, helping them stay fit and hoping to decrease or prevent their work-related injuries.

    Possible employers include: middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, professional sport teams, educational research and teaching institutions, sports medicine clinics, rehabilitation clinics, physicians, law enforcement agencies (for employees), performing arts groups, business and industry (for employees)

    What some of our alumni are doing:

    • Michael Staley ’11, ATC — Assistant athletic trainer, University of West Alabama
    • Micah Gerhart ’11, ATC — Full-time Intern for the Philadelphia Eagles
    • Erica Ziverts ’10, ATC – DPT from Northwestern University
    • Catlin Driscoll ’10, ATC – Outreach ATC
    • Paul Dawson ’10, ATC — Head baseball athletic trainer, University of Washington
    • Tricia Deter ’09, ATC – Assistant athletic trainer, Wheaton University
    • Jessica Glover ’09, ATC — Assistant athletic trainer, St. Ambrose University
    • Jessica Mateer ’09, ATC — Head women's basketball athletic trainer, St. John's University
    • Jeff Williams ’08, ATC, MS – Assistant professor, Illinois State University
    • Ospando Lopez ’04 ATC, MS – Assistant athletic trainer, St. Francis University
    • B.J. Geasa ’02 ATC, MA – Head athletic trainer, Olivet Nazarene University

    Mission and purpose

    The mission of Olivet Nazarene University’s Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is to produce excellent, certified entry-level athletic training professionals.

    Our purpose is to present a CAATE accredited, entry-level undergraduate curriculum based on educational competencies created by the National Athletic Trainers' Association as we uphold the overall mission of the University, to provide an "Education with a Christian Purpose."

    CAATE accreditation status

    The Athletic Training Education Program has been granted CAATE accreditation through the 2017-2018 academic year.

    All ONU athletic training majors who successfully complete our program requirements are eligible as a curriculum candidate to sit for the BOC examination.

     ATEP outcomes

       2009-2010   2010-2011   2011-2012   2012-2013 
    # Attempting the BOC Exam   7 5 5 5
    # Passing, First Attempt   5 4 4 4
    % Passing, First Attempt   66% 80% 80% 80%

    Program links

    Program Application
    Technical standards
    Athletic Training Education Program Student Handbook

    For information about the ATEP program, contact:

    Brian Hyma MA, ATC
    Assistant professor
    ATEP Program Director

    Athletic Training is part of the Department of Exercise and Sports Science within the School of Professional Studies