Future athletic trainers express a desire to help athletes perform their best and safely return to the playing field after injury.

Athletic trainers are certified and licensed health care professionals working alongside physicians. They work to optimize the prevention of and care for athletes’ medical conditions, ensuring their safe return to activity and participation. Domains of care include injury prevention, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate care, treatment, rehabilitation and reconditioning, organization and administration, and professional responsibility.

Study Format

  • On Campus

Selecting a Major

Concordia University Chicago’s pre-athletic training program is not a major, but includes sequences of foundational and prerequisite courses for entry into graduate professional study in athletic training.

Students may choose any major, as long as they complete the required prerequisite courses for admission to an athletic training program. However, the suggested pathway to a graduate program in athletic training is the Bachelor of Science in health science, as this will cover the most prerequisites. Because graduate program prerequisites vary from institution to institution, students must check directly with them for exact clinical hours and admission criteria. 

You must attend graduate school to earn a master’s degree in athletic training.

Dedicated faculty in the College of Health, Science & Technology and the academic advising staff provide consistent and personal advisement of the student's academic program throughout their time at Concordia University Chicago.