BA in Exercise Science / MA in Athletic Training back to programs

Be an expert on the field.

Athletic training majors share a few central qualities: a drive to perform at the highest standard, a spirit of compassion for those around them, and a desire to integrate their faith with the healing process. In partnership with Trinity Graduate School, we will provide everything you need to become an athletic trainer in five years. We will train you in injury prevention, rehabilitation, immediate care, and professional responsibility as you prepare to hit the ground running in this field.


Major requirements total 70 undergraduate credit hours and 69 graduate credit hours. This includes 39 hours in the Exercise Science core, 16 hours of Pre-Athletic Training Emphasis, and 15 hours of general electives. You will have the opportunity to practice your skills on the field with any of our various university sports teams, including football, men and women’s soccer or basketball, and more. Interesting courses you will take include:

  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Exercise
  • Introduction to Bioethics
  • Physiology of Exercise

See Required Courses & Additional Fees


Understanding bone and muscle structure will only take you so far… you need hands-on experience to make the theoretical become a practical reality. As an Athletic Training major, you will have the chance to interact with certified athletic trainers in professional settings through your required internship. Many of our students have interned at AthletiCo, Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, Lake County High Schools, Accelerated Rehab , and Chicago Rush Arena Football. In addition to your internship, you will be able to put your skills to the test by working with TIU’s athletic department.

Career Objectives Include:


BOC First Time Pass-Rates for BA in Athletic Training

2016-2017 2017-2018 3-Year Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program 5 7 5 17
Number of students graduating from program who took examination 5 7 5 17
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 4 6 1 11
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 80 86 20 65
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 4 7 4 15
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 80 100 80 88

Employment/Placement Rate

2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 3-Year Aggregate
Number of students employed as Athletic Trainers 4 6 4 14
Student Employment Rate as Athletic Trainers (%) 80 86 80 82
Number of students employed as other 0 0 1 1
Student Employment Rate as Other (5) 0 0 20 6
Number of students not employed 1 1 0 2
Students Not Employed Rate (%) 20 14 0 12

Student Retention and Graduation Rate

2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 3-Year Aggregate
Students admitted 8 7 8 23
Students who returned for Year 2 6 7 8 21
Student retention rate – Year 2 (%) 75% 100% 100% 91%
Students who returned for Year 3 5 7 7 19
Student retention rate – Year 3 (%) 63% 100% 88% 83%
Students graduating from the program 5 7 5 17
Student Graduation Rate (%) 63% 100% 63% 74%
Health Science course
HS 161 Medical Terminology 1 hour
HS 162 Introduction to Interprofessional Health Services 1 hour
HS 165 Responding to Emergencies and Sport Safety Training 3 hours
HS 168 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injury 3 hours
HS 201 Physiology of Exercise 3 hours
HS 202* Nutrition 3 hours
HS 251 Kinesiology 3 hours
HS 454 Measurement, Research, Statistics and Technology 3 hours
HS 490 Seminar in Interprofessional Health Services 1 hour
BIO 111* General Biology 4 hours
BIO 340 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 hours
BIO 341 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 hours
MA 285X* Statistics 4 hours
BE 474X
or BE 476X
Introduction to Bioethics
Undergraduate Bioethics Institute
3 hours
PSY 140* Introduction to Psychology 3 hours
HPW 228X Sport and Wellness Psychology 3 hours
Pre-Athletic Training Emphasis
CH103* Introduction to Chemistry 4 hours
CH 203 Essentials of Organic Biochemistry 4 hours
PHY 111 General Physics I 4 hours
PHY 112 General Physics II 4 hours
MA 121 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 4 hours
HS 351 Biomechanics 3 hours
HS 480 or HS 5111 Professional Rotation in Health Sciences
Athletic Training Clinical I
1 hour
Highly Recommended Athletic Training courses
BIO 310 Microbiology 4 hours
HS 365 Motor Learning and Lifespan Development 3  hours
HS 370 Intro. to Therapeutic Modalities and Rehabilitation 3  hours
HS 380 Advanced Functional Anatomy 3  hours
Choose one:
PSY 335 Child Development
PSY 337 Psychology of Adolescence
PSY 339 Adult Development
* Fulfills a general education requirement
Health Science Courses
HS 5001 Foundations for Integrative Thought in Health Sciences 3 hours
HS 5002 Foundations for Cultural Engagement in Health Sciences 3 hours
HS 5111 Athletic Training Clinical I 1 hour
HS 5112 Athletic Training Clinical II 2 hours
HS 5168 Prevention and Care of Emergent Musculoskeletal Injuries and Illnesses 3 hours
HS 5202 Nutritional Considerations in Healthcare 3 hours
HS 5261 Clinical Examination & Diagnosis I – Lower Extremity 3 hours
HS 5262 Clinical Examination & Diagnosis II – Upper Extremity 3 hours
HS 5263 Clinical Examination & Diagnosis III – Head, Spine, & Pelvis 3 hours
HS 5271 Therapeutic Interventions I – Lower Extremity 2 hours
HS 5272 Therapeutic Interventions II – Upper Extremity 2 hours
HS 5273 Therapeutic Interventions III – Head, Spine, & Pelvis 2 hours
HS 5311 Athletic Training Clinical III 2 hours
HS 5312 Athletic Training Clinical IV 2 hours
HS 5410* Athletic Training Seminar 1 hour
HS 6285 Statistics and Research in Healthcare 3 hours
HS 6401 Pharmacology and Ergogenic Aids 3 hours
HS 6430 General Medical Conditions 3 hours
HS 6450 Leadership and Professional Development in Healthcare 3 hours
HS 6456 Healthcare Administration 3 hours
HS 6470 Psychosocial Aspects and Behavioral Change 3 hours
HS 6511 Athletic Training Clinical Capstone I 2 hours
HS 6512 Athletic Training Clinical Capstone II 2 hours
BIO 5040 Gross Anatomy 4 hours
BIO 6040 Pathophysiology 3 hours
BE 5100 Intensive Bioethics Institute 3 hours
BE 5299 The Clinical Context 1 hour
BE 5300 Clinical Issues in Bioethics 2 hours
*1-credit hour course taken during each of six semesters
Required Additional Fees:
There are extra costs once you are admitted to the professional phase of the Athletic Training program. These costs are in addition to tuition, room and board fees, and course/lab fees charged by the university, and include the following:
Annual Apparel Fee: $100
Annual National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Student Membership Fee: $75
Annual CPR Renewal Fee: $30
One-Time Athletic Training Program Learning Management System Access Fee: $90
One-Time Background Check Fee: $35
Attendance at the Illinois Athletic Trainers’ Association (IATA) Annual Symposium (required once prior to graduation): $25 registration, plus additional costs for transportation and hotel. IATA alternates between Springfield and the Chicagoland area.
Attendance at the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA) Annual Symposium (required once prior to graduation): $70 registration, plus additional costs for transportation and hotel. GLATA is located approximately 10 miles from TIU’s campus.
Attendance for at least one ACES BOC Preparatory Workshop prior to graduation: $175 registration, typically hosted on-campus.
Students are also responsible for transportation costs to and from clinical sites and the Northern Illinois Food Bank (30 miles round-trip from TIU). Carpooling is encouraged when possible.