Athletic training students assess and treat injured athletes.

Athletic training

Competition can include injuries. As an athletic trainer, 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)*.

*We are no longer accepting students into the undergraduate athletic training program in preparation for our transition to a master's-level athletic training program, expected to start in May 2020.


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.