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Athletic Training

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Athletic Training students at Illinois State develop knowledge and skills in the prevention, examination, diagnosis, immediate care, and rehabilitation of injuries or conditions. As professionals working closely with physicians, athletic trainers act as a liaison between the patient and the physician.

Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers. However, the education, skillset, and expertise of an athletic trainer allow the individual to provide medical services to patients under the direction of a physician.

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited Athletic Training program at Illinois State involves 5 semesters of didactic and clinical education. The Athletic Training program prepares the student in a state-of-the art facility. Affiliated clinical sites include hospitals and clinics, high schools, small and large university athletics, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, and semi-professional sports.

Why Study Athletic Training?

Recognized by the American Medical Association as allied health care professionals, athletic trainers work in a variety of settings including high schools, colleges and universities, professional sport venues, hospitals and sports medicine clinics, corporations and industrial settings, health clubs, and non-traditional settings such as the military, public safety, and performing arts.

Athletic training is a growing profession among the widespread and projected future workforce shortages in primary care support and outpatient rehab settings. Athletic trainers play a vital role in improving functional outcomes and specialize in patient education to prevent injury and re-injury. Athletic trainers are able to reduce injury and shorten rehabilitation time for their patients, which translates to reduction in time lost and health care costs.

Related Majors

Related Skills

  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Communicates effectively with physicians, parents, patients, and other health care professionals
  • Effective working as a member of a team yet possesses the ability to quickly make individual decisions
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Management of emergency situations
  • Thrives in stressful situations
  • Appropriate application of didactic knowledge through psychomotor skills
  • Physical stamina and manual dexterity

Being Successful in the Field

  • Maintaining certification in first aid and Emergency Cardiac Care
  • Successfully passing the Board of Certification (BOC) exam
  • Obtaining and abiding by the appropriate state licensure requirements
  • Completing the continuing education requirements

Related Fields

  • Emergency Medical Tech (EMT)
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Exercise psychologist
  • Nurse or nurse practitioner
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Paramedic
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Registered Dietician
  • Teacher

Career Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Megan Kayfish  110 Student Services Building  (309) 438-0735 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Justin Stanek  McCormick Hall 251E  (309) 438-55862 

Applying to Illinois State

Program is not available for new students beginning in the spring semester.

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Minimum GPA


Middle 50% GPA

2.97 - 3.57

Required Courses

Completion of 25 semester hours or more.

Recommended Courses

  • Introductory-level physics (PHY 105 or 108)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (BSC 181 or KNR 181)
  • Medical Terminology (HSC 105)

Additional Information

Summer/Fall admission only.

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone Note
Mindy Kinney  McCormick Hall 250  (309) 438-5782  Last Names A-K 
Daphnye Walker  McCormick Hall 250  (309) 438-5782  Last Names L-Z 

Middle 50% GPA

2.97 - 3.57

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Application Period

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on

Major Requirements

Fall admission only.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone Note
Mindy Kinney  McCormick Hall 250  (309) 438-5782  Last Names A-K 
Daphnye Walker  McCormick Hall 250  (309) 438-5782  Last Names L-Z 
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