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About Athletic Training

The B.S. in Athletic Training reflects the requirements of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE); students who want to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination must complete this emphasis. Current policies and procedures regarding eligibility for the BOC examination are available in the department's advising office.


Admission Criteria

Admission to the B.S. in Athletic Training is competitive and limited. University admission does not necessarily constitute eligibility for admission into this area of study. Admission policies are described in the Limited Admissions and Limited Retention Requirements section of the undergraduate catalog. Retention in the program requires a 2.50 GPA in the major. Students enrolled in the B.S. in Athletic Training may be dismissed from the program for academic reasons or for unprofessional behavior or actions that threaten the health and safety of others. It is the responsibility of students to secure a copy of the Athletic Training Student Handbook which describes the policies of the program. Students are required to adhere to all current policies and procedures. 

Please consult the advising office for any changes to the requirements for the program. The NIU course catalog provides information on required courses and majors that are limited admissions and limited retention.


Prospective Undergraduate Students interested in Athletic Training

On March 17, 2017, the Illinois Board of Higher Education approved a Master’s of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree program at NIU. The creation of the MSAT program is in response to Strategic Alliance's mandate to transition all AT programs to the graduate level. Therefore, the deadline for application to the final undergraduate AT cohort is February 1, 2018. Students who will be pursuing the graduate AT program may wish to explore Kinesiology as a possible undergraduate major. Please contact the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education with questions at 815-753-8285.


Prospective Graduate Students interested in Athletic Training

On March 17, 2017, the Illinois Board of Higher Education approved a Master’s of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree program at NIU. The creation of the MSAT program is in response to Strategic Alliance's mandate to transition all AT programs to the graduate level. The undergraduate Athletic Training Program, currently accredited by the CAATE, has applied to allow for a transfer of accreditation to the MSAT program. After February 1, 2018, students wishing to pursue the MSAT degree should seek advising through the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Please continue to check back for new information about this transition.

Contact Us

Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education 
Anderson Hall 221
DeKalb, IL 60115
phone: (815) 753-1407
fax: (815) 753-1413
email: knpe@niu.edu

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