Athletic Training

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Athletic Training is for the student desiring to treat and prevent athletic injuries, or help others achieve their full physical potential.

According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Athletic trainers are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

Olivet’s Athletic Training Program (ATP) is designed to prepare students for their career in the field upon graduation. Our students graduate with the knowledge and skills to successfully complete the National Athletic Trainers' Association examination conducted by the Board of Certification, attend graduate school, and become gainfully employed as confident and prudent entry-level athletic training professionals.

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

ONU Athletic Training Students:

Study injury assessment, assessment of medical conditions, therapeutic modalities and rehabilitation, pharmacology, sports psychology, kinesiology, nutrition; Ground their 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 students in theirs.

And so much more!

“Olivet has an excellent and very demanding exercise and sports science program. At Olivet, I was doing things my sophomore year that interns from other schools didn’t do until they were juniors. My goal was to work in a professional sports setting. Olivet prepared me to accomplish that goal.”

Micah Gerhart ’12, assistant athletic trainer, NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles

By the Numbers
student-to-faculty ratio
network of Olivet alumni
certified athletic trainers on staff at Olivet
years of Chicago Bears Training Camp on campus

Quality Training

Our purpose is to present an 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."

Holistic Health

At Olivet, degree programs are grounded in wholeness and wellness. Professors teach from the perspective of the wellness wheel with the spiritual dimension at the hub. Students gain a Christian focus and mindset with countless opportunities to grow in their personal faith and to experience that integration into everything they learn.

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Internships are a way for students to extend their learning experience as they approach the end of their degree programs. Companies and organizations that have provided these opportunities for our students include: Chicago Bears, Joliet Jackhammers (minor league baseball team), YMCA, Chicago First Church of the Nazarene’s sport ministry and many more.

Career Services

Exercise and Sports Science with a Christian Purpose

The best way to see if Olivet is a good fit for you is to visit the campus. We offer unique, customized visit days every weekday, and special Purple & Gold days, too, where you can get up close at all things ONU.

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Outcomes and Accreditation

Industry-standard accreditation, hands-on experience, and personal instruction from faculty with years of experience work in tandem to fully prepare and equip athletic training students for immediate career success.

For more information, please contact Olivet's Director of Athletic Training, Brian Hyma, at