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Athletic Training

  • Available as major (B.S. degree)

    Become part of the healthcare team. Help the athletes prevent and treat their injuries. Partner with others so they can achieve their full physical potential. Become an athletic trainer.

  • Program overview

    Our purpose as Athletic Training Education Program faculty and staff is to assist you in your professional endeavors. Our students graduate with the knowledge and skills to successfully complete the National Athletic Trainers' Association examination conducted by the Board of Certification (BOC), attend graduate school, and become gainfully employed as confident and prudent entry-level athletic training professionals.

    The didactic aspects of your education will introduce you to the scientific and medical research upon which our profession is built. Clinical rotations have been incorporated into the curriculum to introduce educational proficiencies. More importantly, they provide an opportunity for you to practice and hone your abilities under the direct supervision of certified athletic trainers.

    Your clinical experience will provide you with real life settings where you can apply skills you learn in the classroom. See Clinical Education for more information.

    Most importantly, though, you will be exposed to the “Olivet Difference" during your professional preparation. While at Olivet you will be instructed by mentors who take the Christian walk seriously. The faculty, athletic training staff, coaches, athletes, and your peers are dedicated in helping you develop a well-rounded Christian perspective.

    At Olivet, you can:
    • Study injury assessment, assessment of medical conditions, therapeutic modalities and rehabilitation, pharmacology, sports psychology, kinesiology, nutrition.
    • Ground your learning in the medical research on which athletic training is based.
    • Complete six semesters of clinical rotations.
    • Learn from faculty mentors who are serious about their Christian walk and passionate about helping you in yours.
    • And so much more!

    What some of our alumni are doing

    • Joy Van Der Dyke '14 — Athletic trainer, Minooka (Ill.) Community High School
    • Jose Alcantar '14 — Assistant athletic trainer, Chicago State University
    • Dana (Clausing) Deloian '13 — Athletic trainer, Merrillville (Ind.) High School
    • Michael Staley ’11, ATC — Head athletic trainer, Friendship Christian High School, Lebanon, Tennessee
    • Micah Gerhart ’11, ATC — Full-time intern for the Philadelphia Eagles
    • Paul Dawson ’10, ATC — Athletic trainer, Ohio State University
    • Tricia Deter ’09, ATC – Assistant athletic trainer, Wheaton University
    • Jessica Glover ’09, ATC — Assistant athletic trainer, Case Western Reserve University
    • Jessica Mateer ’09, ATC — Assistant athletic trainer, University of Florida
    • Jeff Williams ’08, ATC, MS – Assistant professor, Illinois State University

    Mission and purpose

    The mission of Olivet Nazarene University’s Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is to produce excellent, certified entry-level athletic training professionals.

    Our purpose is to present a CAATE accredited, entry-level undergraduate curriculum based on educational competencies created by the National Athletic Trainers' Association as we uphold the overall mission of the University, to provide an "Education with a Christian Purpose."


    Olivet's Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  Due to low first-time pass rates on the National Board of Certification Exam, the program was placed on probation as of February 19, 2016, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.

    For more information, please contact Olivet's Director of Athletic Training Education, Brian Hyma, at

    ATEP outcomes





    3-Year Aggregate

    Number of students graduating from program.





    Number of students graduating from program who took examination.





    Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt.





    Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt.





    Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts.





    Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts.






    Program links

    Program Application
    Technical standards
    Athletic Training Education Program Student Handbook

    For information about the ATEP program, contact:

    Brian Hyma, MA, ATC
    Associate Professor
    ATEP Program Director



    Athletic Training is part of the Department of Exercise and Sports Science within the School of Professional Studies