Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians and other allied health care professionals to provide care to a variety of patient populations. Athletic trainers specialize in prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis and therapeutic intervention. If you are passionate about helping others to maintain or return to peak activity and life participation, check out our Master of Science in Athletic Training program.
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The MSAT Program embeds diverse, real-world learning opportunities.
Through our innovative curriculum, you will learn clinical evaluation and diagnosis, therapeutic interventions, health care administration and more. In our state-of-the-art labs, you will hone clinical skills through mock evaluations and integrated simulations using standardized patients.
Year one didactic and clinical curriculum has a focus on practical skills and experiences at a variety of clinical sites, including small and large high schools, small and large college/universities, rehabilitation clinics, orthopedic clinics and emergency services.
The year two didactic curriculum is delivered 100% online and are designed to be fully immersive in an athletic training setting that aligns with career goals. This experience can be obtained worldwide.
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Nicholas Grahovec, Ph.D., LAT, ATC, CSCS, Assistant Professor, Program Director
William Pitney, Ed.D., ATC, FNATA Professor
Phil Voorhis, M.S.Ed., ATC, Associate Instructor, NIU Head Athletic Trainer
Tyler Wood, Ph.D., LAT, ATC, Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Clinical Education
Bethany Rohl, M.S.Ed., LAT, ATC, Graduate Assistant
Michele Glasgow, M.D., Northwestern Medicine
Steven G. Glasgow, M.D., Northwestern Medicine
To satisfy the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) requirement, this page offers access to the annual and three-year aggregate results of the Board of Certification (BOC) exam pass rates for students graduating from Northern Illinois University's athletic training program. In addition to exam pass rates, the CAATE also captures graduation rate, retention rate and employment/placement rate. The program accepted its first cohort summer 2021, thus will not have complete outcomes data presented.
Our program information and outcomes can be found on this CAATE webpage. Additionally, our assessment plan, student learning outcomes and athletic training program framework can be found in our Northern Illinois University Athletic Training Program Framework document (PDF).
NIU's athletic training program taught me patient interaction and developed and polished my history-taking skills, something I use every day. Throughout our curriculum, we were given many clinical opportunities and hands-on experiences to help us grow as students and professionals. The professors and instructors truly care for their students' development and success after graduation.Kari Myers, ATC, B.S.Ed. in Athletic Training, physician extender, Midwest Orthopaedic Institute