Athletic Training

Athletic Training is for the student desiring to treat and prevent athletic injuries, or help others achieve their full physical potential.

Olivet is transitioning the athletic training program curriculum to our existing exercise science major to prepare undergraduate students for specialized graduate school programs, such as athletic training. Future students desiring a career in athletic training can pursue their undergraduate degree at Olivet in exercise science, which will prepare them for graduate work in athletic training.

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has mandated that all undergraduate athletic training programs transition to offering a master’s degree. Olivet Nazarene University has decided not to proceed with this transition and as a result, will be voluntarily withdrawing accreditation from the CAATE in May 2020. Olivet will no longer accept students into the athletic training program after the 2019-20 academic school year.  Our existing athletic training students will complete their degree with Olivet and we will maintain our CAATE accreditation until our last cohort graduates from our University.

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.

Olivet Nazarene University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  The program has been placed on Probation as of February 11, 2020, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.

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