Kinesiology programs

The diverse curriculum of Northwestern’s kinesiology department not only teaches you principles for healthy living, it also gives you opportunities to apply what you’re learning to help others improve their health and lifestyle. And a healthy lifestyle is a strong foundation for building healthy relationships with others—both professionally and personally.

Athletic Training Major

KIN 152 - Emergency Care
KIN 180 - Introduction to Kinesiology
KIN 233 - Anatomical Kinesiology
KIN 234 - Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
KIN 243 - Recognition and Evaluation of Athletic Injuries I
KIN 244 - Recognition and Evaluation of Athletic Injuries II
KIN 251 - Practicum in Athletic Training I
KIN 252 - Practicum in Athletic Training II
KIN 325WI - Physiology of Exercise
KIN 330 - Exercise Testing and Prescription
KIN 342 - Therapeutic Interventions
KIN 349 - Organization and Administration of Athletic Training
KIN 351 - Practicum in Athletic Training III
KIN 352 - Practicum in Athletic Training IV
KIN 355 - Psychosocial Aspects of Sport for Health Care Professions
KIN 451 - Practicum in Athletic Training V
KIN 452 - Practicum in Athletic Training VI
Choose one course:
KIN 370 - Nutrition for Health Care Professions
KIN 371 - Sports Nutrition
Competency requirements:
Pass physical fitness competency examination
Cognate requirements:
BIO 320 - Pharmacology
CHE 101 - College Chemistry
CHE 102 - College Chemistry
PSY 100SS - Exploring Psychology
Choose one option:
Option 1:
BIO 121 - Introduction to Human Anatomy
BIO 122 - Introduction to Human Physiology
Option 2:
BIO 221 - Human Anatomy
BIO 222 - Human Physiology
Total credits required: 66


The following courses are recommended:

KIN 333 - Biomechanics
KIN 403 - Motor Learning
PSY 360 - Psychopathology

Graduates of Northwestern's Athletic Training program are also candidates for physical therapy graduate programs. Athletic trainers cannot become physical therapists without completing physical therapy professional training, nor can physical therapists become athletic trainers unless they have graduated from an accredited athletic training program and passed the Board of Certification examination. Some universities offer a program that combines an entry-level graduate athletic training program and a graduate physical therapy program for students whose undergraduate degree could be in exercise science, biology or a related field.

Athletic Training Program Director: Jennifer Rogers, MS, LAT, ATC, PhD