Athletic Trainers are healthcare professionals. You will find them in the workplace, on the field, in clinics, in gymnasiums and even at NASA and Disney! With all of the various patients and clients in these settings, athletic trainers focus on prevention, diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of injuries and conditions.
Spearheaded by a faculty with an impressive array of professional experiences in schools, college, clinics, physician’s and medical offices, the curriculum integrates classroom and laboratory instruction with clinical field experiences. For example, you may learn about joint and muscle anatomy in one class, followed by hands-on examination of the same anatomy. Next, you'll learn about and practice evaluation techniques, and finally, see how the entire process comes together in a practical setting working with patients.
North Central College's athletic training program is accredited by the CAATE, Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Graduates receiving a bachelor’s in athletic training are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. After successfully passing the BOC examination, you'll be eligible for individual state practice credentials.
Heidi Matthews, Director of the Athletic Training Program and Professor of Health and Physical Education, is a member of the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame. Professor Matthews has been leading the North Central College Athletic Training Education Program for over two decades. She works with a staff of five certified athletic trainers in classroom and clinical facilities that are state of the art.
Professor Matthews can be reached at:
Office: Res Rec Center Athletic Training Room Classroom