North Central College - Naperville, IL

Athletic Training

Why choose athletic training at North Central College?

We do more than prepare you for a career niche; we provide you with an understanding of athletic training and its role in the rapidly changing health care system. Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, our curriculum covers evidence-based practice, prevention, examination, acute care, therapeutic interventions and health care administration. You’ll have the chance to gain experience through our clinical education program, including rotations in our three fully equipped athletic training facilities and a variety of other settings. Upon graduation you will be eligible to take the Board of Certification exam.

You can also:

  • Join Cardinal Athletic Training Students, a student-led group.
  • Benefit from the guidance of upper-class mentors in the program.
  • Learn from an experienced faculty with vast and varied professional background.
  • Gain clinical experience in a competitive NCAA Division III athletic program, area high schools and clinics.
  • Attend local, state, regional and national symposiums.
  • Volunteer to share your skills for major sporting events (Chicago Marathon, Special Olympics, etc.).


For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”
Dr. R. Devadoss Pandian receives honorary degree and emeritus status prior to his leaving North Central College
Students demonstrate chemistry experiments at the kickoff celebration
North Central College has launched its Brilliant Future Campaign—a seven-year, $150 million fundraising effort, the largest in the College’s history.



  • Area high schools
  • Outpatient physical therapy clinics
  • Northwestern University
  • Chicago Sky
  • Professional sports (football, baseball, basketball, volleyball)
  • Club sport facilities (cheerleading, volleyball, gymnastics)

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in athletic training have been accepted at:

  • Arizona School of Health Sciences
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Old Dominion University
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Midwestern University
  • Ohio University
  • University of Kentucky


Recent graduates in athletic training include:

  • High school teacher/athletic trainer
  • Outreach athletic trainer
  • Collegiate athletic trainer
  • Athletic trainer/physical therapist
  • Athletic trainer/physician assistant
Athletic Training major

Alex is thrilled about the range of experiences she's gained as an athletic training major. "Even though I got an amazing, well-rounded education, I also had phenomenal experiences working alongside physicians, in high schools and clinics, and with sports teams and athletic trainers."

Each term, she worked with a different sport. Her favorite part was the one-on-one relationships with athletic trainers and athletes across all teams. Her clinical experiences included practices and home contests and travel with the football team. Alex also worked with a general practice physical and orthopedic surgeon in their offices and saw firsthand how they work with patients.

All of these experiences, says...

Athletic Training major

Jamie has learned to embrace the challenges that go along with being an athletic training major at North Central College.

“It’s no cakewalk—the classes are hard and there’s a lot of studying,” she says. “But it’s very fulfilling and definitely worth the effort. If you want to help people, make great relationships and work hard, I would definitely recommend the program!”

Jamie enjoys North Central’s small classes because of the personal connections they tend to create.

“The relationships I’ve made with my professors are unbelievable. I really feel like I could talk to them about anything—especially future school and career choices. They have connections pretty much everywhere and you can...

Athletic Training major

A transfer student, Matt had no problem completing all he wanted to do and more as an athletic training major. “I wanted to pitch in college, but most schools won’t let athletic training majors play a sport. At North Central, you can.”

Also unique to North Central, says Matt, is working directly with athletes and logging hours of hands-on experience. “The faculty knows its stuff and helps you through the real-world experiences of taping and rehab so you’re more prepared than students at other schools.”

Matt landed the required 150-hour internship with Chicago Sky of the WBNA and ATI Physical Therapy. “I got this opportunity because faculty members know a ton of people. They can hook you up in...

Athletic Training major

Megan found the leadership opportunities she was looking for as an athletic training major. She has served as vice president of the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association Student Senate and is one of two students from that senate serving on the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association Student Senate. “The opportunities available for students in athletic training at North Central are plentiful,” says Megan. “Athletic training challenges students and helps them become knowledgeable and well respected.”

Athletic Training

While rehabilitating from a severe knee injury, Gregory found himself admiring those who brought him back to health.

“I finally figured out what I was meant to do with my life: become an athletic trainer,” he says. “So I ended the job I had and went back to school at age 30 to chase my goal.”

For such a hands-on job, Gregory knew he needed hands-on experience. He practiced classroom skills alongside certified staff for the College’s sports teams.

“The staff and professors consistently put the students in situations where they can learn,” he says. “These opportunities have made a huge difference in how my confidence has grown as an athletic training student.”

Gregory gained experience...