Athletic training

Athletic training
Undergraduate program

Competition can include injuries. As an athletic trainer (AT), you’ll be one of the first on the scene, quickly assessing the injury and either providing immediate care or referring the athlete to a physician. The goal, of course, is a fast—and safe—return to play. Northwestern College’s athletic training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education ( CAATE)*.

Transition to graduate program (MSAT)
The undergraduate athletic training program is transitioning to a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program, expected to start in May 2020. Incoming and current undergraduate students may choose any major, but exercise science and biology-health professions at Northwestern offer great preparation for the graduate-level AT program.

Learn more about the Master of Science in Athletic Training program.

Guaranteed application process for Northwestern College graduates

Northwestern College graduates who complete all application materials and meets all admissions criteria will be granted a guaranteed spot in the Northwestern College’s MSAT Program.


Northwestern graduates who have taken the Board of Certification examination for athletic trainers have proven the excellence of our program. In the last two years, our BOC exam pass rate has been 100%.

Program director

Rick Loutsch, DAT, ATC

*The program has been placed on probation as of February 23, 2018, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. This temporary probation does not affect current or prospective athletic training students' degrees or eligibility to sit for the BOC exam to become credentialed as an athletic trainer. If you have questions, contact the program director.