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Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training


The major prepares individuals for careers in athletic training, a profession that has been recognized by the AMA as an allied health profession since 1990. The program has been accredited since 1999 and is currently accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Students acquire essential competencies and proficiencies in athletic training and gain hands-on professional experiences in a variety of settings, including high schools, universities, amateur and professional teams, hospitals and clinics, Special Olympics and the Chicago Marathon.

What will I study?

Athletic Training majors will study evidence-based practice, injury/illness prevention and wellness protection, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, therapeutic interventions, healthcare administration, and professional development responsibility.

What are some interesting classes I might take?

  • Techniques of Resistance Training
  • Principles of Injury Prevention and Care
  • Psychological Aspects of Sport and Exercise
  • Emergency Medical Response

What hands-on learning opportunities are available?

In well-supervised laboratory experiences, students learn clinical skills in mock evaluations and in integrated simulations using a manikin/patient.

Athletic training students have received exceptional internship experiences with a variety of Chicago professional teams, including the Bears, Cubs, Sky, Bandits, and Rush. Furthermore, students have received an assortment of out-of-state experiences at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Walt Disney World Resort and NCAA sport teams at the University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt, South Florida, Notre Dame, Stetson University, and State University Long Beach.

What can I do with this degree?

Athletic training students can find careers in a variety of areas including:

  • Professional sports
  • Colleges and universities
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Occupational health
  • Military
  • Performing arts
  • Physician extender
  • Public safety
  • Secondary schools

    Athletic Training Occupational Outlook

What's the next step?

Request more information  or   apply!

Contact Us

Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education 
Anderson Hall 221
DeKalb, IL 60115
phone: (815) 753-1407
fax: (815) 753-1413

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