The Athletic Training Major is designed to prepare students for the athletic training profession through basic coursework, skills development, and practical application. The Athletic Training Program (ATEP) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and will qualify the student to take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination upon graduation.

General Information

Acceptance into the Athletic Training Program as a major requires students to meet the following competitive and selective criteria:

Students seeking acceptance shall submit an application to the program director and complete a personal interview with a selection committee. To remain in the program, students must maintain a 2.75 GPA in major courses and meet skills competencies and clinical observation hours requirements at each level.

Athletic Training Program: Technical Standards for Admission

The Athletic Training Program at Trinity International University is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The technical standards set forth by the Athletic Training Program establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program’s accrediting agency, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

All students admitted to the Athletic Training Program must meet specified abilities and expectations. In the event that a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into the program.  Candidates for selection to the Athletic Training Program will be required to verify that they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards. Compliance with the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam.

Candidates for selection to the Athletic Training Education Program must demonstrate the following:

  • The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts, and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm
  •  The sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and accurately, safely, and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients
  • The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively
    Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice.
  • The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately
  • The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress
  • The perseverance, diligence, and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced
  • The flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations
  • The affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care

Certification Information

A degree/major in athletic training awarded by an institution alone does not qualify the graduate to work as an “athletic trainer.” A graduate must pass the Board of Certification examination to be recognized as an “ATC” (Athletic Trainer, Certified). Currently, some states, including Illinois, have legislation that requires athletic trainers to be registered or licensed to practice in that state. The requirements of the athletic training major at Trinity meet all current Illinois requirements for licensure. Students should check with the state in which they plan to practice athletic training for specific requirements.


Major requirements total 59 hours. This includes 45 hours in the Athletic Training core, 11 hours of Biology, and 3 hours of Psychology.

Required Courses for General Education
BIO 111General Biology4
PSY 140Introduction to Psychology3
MA 280XIntroductory Statistics3
CH 103Introduction to Chemistry4
or CH 111
CH 112
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
Required Health Sciences Courses45
HS 161Medical Terminology1
HS 162Introduction to Health Sciences1
HS 165XResponding to Emergencies and Sport Safety Training3
HS 168Prevention and Care of Athletic Injury4
HS 201XPhysiology of Exercise3
HS 202XNutrition3
HS 211Guided Field Experience and Skills Assessment I0-2
HS 212Guided Field Experience and Skills Assessment II0-2
HS 261Advanced Techniques and Assessment of Athletic Injuries I2
HS 262Advanced Techniques and Assessment of Athletic Injuries II2
HS 311Guided Field Experience and Skills Assessment III0-2
HS 312Guided Field Experience and Skills Assessment IV0-2
HS 351XBiomechanics3
HS 360General Medical Conditions in the Physically Active3
HS 364Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Exercise3
HS 366Therapeutic Modalities and Pharmacology3
HS 410Health Sciences Seminar1
HS 454XMeasurement, Research, Statistics and Technology3
HS 456Administration3
HS 480Professional Rotation in Health Sciences3-6
Required Supporting Courses
BIO 340
BIO 341
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BE 474XIntroduction to Bioethics3
or BE 476X Undergraduate Bioethics Institute
PSY 228XSport and Wellness Psychology3
Highly Recommended Elective Courses
Essentials of Organic Biochemistry
General Physics I
and General Physics II
Total Hours59

Note: Students who choose to participate in athletics, complete teacher licensure, or double major in Sport and Wellness Management, Pre-Physical Therapy or other Health Science majors should be aware that they may require a longer time commitment than four years to meet their educational goals.