North Central College - Naperville, IL

Program and Degree Options

The Athletic Training Program (ATP) is a major within the Health and Physical Education department, leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. The student will complete the North Central College general education requirements, the course requirements within ATP, and the clinical education requirement.

The ATP extends over the entire undergraduate career, beginning with one year of pre-athletic training courses and clinical observations during first year. The students must then apply for admission to the program, which involves a competitive selection process. A student may transfer into the program. The minimum time commitment for a transfer student to complete the program is three years: the pre-admission year, plus two additional years.

Prerequisites
To be considered for entrance into the program, applicants must satisfactorily complete the following prerequisites during their first year:

  1. Completion of one year of attendance at North Central College with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 or above (including transfer credits) and a 2.75 GPA or better in all HPE and athletic training courses.
  2. Complete 50 hours of supervised observation in the North Central College athletic training facilities. See Clinical Education Guidelines for details.
  3. Complete HPE 225, HPE 325, and HPE 157.
  4. Complete 100 level BIO course with a grade of “C” or better.
  5. Completion of all pre-admission skill competencies and proficiencies.

Program Admission

To apply for acceptance into the professional program in athletic training, the prospective students must complete the following by May 1:

  1. Complete the North Central College written ATP Application.
  2. Write a brief essay discussing his/her reasons for pursuing a career in athletic training and what his/her professional goals are.
  3. Submit two letters of recommendation. These letters must come from sources outside the North Central College Athletic Training Staff.
  4. Complete the interview with the Athletic Training Program Committee.

For specifics on admission, dismissal, appeal and fees, please download the ATP Admissions documentation (Word document).

Required Courses

The Athletic Training major requires 51.5 credit hours in HPE; students must complete a minimum of 120.5 total credit hours to graduate. See a sample schedule of how the required courses fit within four years.

Clinical Education Requirements

ATP students participate in clinical rotations to gain hands-on experience by working in high schools, clinics, orthopedic offices, and general medical practices. Students are required to accumulate a minimum of 950 hours of supervised clinical experience with the North Central College intercollegiate athletic program or an affiliated site. These hours include the clinical experience course sequence and the required internship. See Clinical Education Guidelines for details.

For additional information, please contact:
Heidi Matthews
 Professor of Health and Physical Education; Director, Athletic Training Program
630.637.5511
hmmatthews@noctrl.edu