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 overviewOur 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:
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:
Putting knowledge to workBeginning 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.CareersA career as an athletic trainer may be for you if you:
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:
Mission and purposeThe 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
Program linksProgram ApplicationTechnical standardsAthletic Training Education Program Student HandbookFor information about the ATEP program, contact:Brian Hyma MA, ATCAssistant professorATEP Program Director815-939-5115Athletic Training is part of the Department of Exercise and Sports Science within the School of Professional Studies.
Gain the experience and the skills you will need for a successful career in athletic training.