BE THE EDGE
At ONU, we’ll turn you into an outstanding athletic trainer. You’ll study the basic and applied sciences, including physiology, anatomy and kinesiology, as well as evaluative, treatment and rehabilitative techniques. You’ll gain clinical experience and confidence working with patients in the real world. And you’ll learn to communicate, problem-solve, collaborate and lead. These skills are in demand in high school, collegiate and professional sports, as well as other traditional athletic training work places.
Large institutions just can’t offer the individualized attention and opportunity you’ll find here. You’ll work side-by-side with the coaches, athletes, athletic trainers and physicians for our 23 NCAA Division III varsity teams. You will have an opportunity to observe live surgeries and dissect human cadavers. You’ll complete six clinical rotations both on and off campus. You’ll build skills and confidence and discover what you’re passionate about.
From day one, you’ll be part of our family. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships. Our dedicated professors and clinical staff will get to know you. They will support you in your coursework, clinical rotations, certification exam preparation, and post-graduate or career preparations. They will become personally invested in your success – in college and beyond.
From performing and presenting research to studying abroad, from building homes for Habitat for Humanity to leading a student organization – the opportunities open to you are truly incredible!
Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to help the physically active at any level become the best that they can be.
IT’S ABOUT SERVICE
Serving and helping others – that’s what athletic training is all about. Every year, the athletic training program gets involved in several service projects. We raise funds for cystic fibrosis research with an annual 5k run/walk in memory of two former students. We gather mittens and hats at Christmas time for children in need. And we provide a key support role in assisting a local medical facility with high school pre-participation athletic physicals.
Get involved Join a professional organization, and you’ll learn about opportunities in your field and meet new people. There are dozens of student organizations and honorary societies – geared toward many different interests – active on campus. You’re sure to find one or more that fit you.
AMANDA (SIMMS) JONES BS WITH A MAJOR IN ATHLETIC TRAINING ’13
The experience I received at ONU is second to none! The athletic training program could be more accurately viewed as a family rather than department. The hands-on experience and challenging curriculum prepared me not only academically as a graduate student, but also professionally. I am confident when I say that the athletic training program at ONU is the best around, and I am proud to call myself a polar bear!
At Ohio Northern, Amanda Jones had twin goals of helping people and keeping busy. So she helped build houses with Habitat for Humanity, established a sisterhood of friendship in Kappa Phi, and served the community with Phi Epsilon Kappa. She fostered learning by working at the Child Development Center, fueled her competitive spirit as a member of the women’s club volleyball team, and created opportunities for students as a resident assistant. During the summer between her sophomore and junior years, she embarked on an experience of a lifetime by studying abroad in Morocco. Amanda now works in the inpatient therapy department for Children’s Health in Dallas, Texas, and as an athletic trainer with the Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation. All while simultaneously working toward her Master of Science in athletic training from Indiana Wesleyan University.
OUTCOMES AND COURSES
- Our athletic training program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
- Our athletic training program meets guidelines for students to pursue the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certification to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
- In the last seven years, our graduates’ scores on the BOC exam have exceeded the national average for first time pass rate.
You will need 120 credit hours to earn a BS in Athletic Training. With 71 credit hours directly focused on athletic training courses. Courses include:
- Basic Athletic Training
- Professional Emergency Care
- Strength and Conditioning
- Research and Design
- Organization and Administration
- Senior Seminar
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Exercise Physiology
- Evaluation Techniques
- Therapeutic Modalities and Rehabilitation
- General Medical and Psychosocial
- Taping and Bracing
WHERE COULD YOU END UP?
Athletic trainers can find work in many areas, including:
- Professional sports teams (NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball, NHL, PGA, professional tennis, auto racing)
- Athletic departments at colleges and universities
- High schools
- Law enforcement
- Performing arts
- Physician family practice
- Sports medicine clinic
Here’s where some of our recent athletic training graduates ended up:
- Physical Therapist at Kettering Medical Center and Miami Valley Hospital Inpatient Rehab
- Certified Athletic Trainer, Associate Director of USA study abroad program and English study coach, Orange County, Tokyo, Japan
- Assistant Athletic Trainer at Illinois State University
- Director of Sports Medicine at headquarters of the PGA Tour, Ponte Verdra Beach, Florida.