Athletic Training, B.A.

NOTE: As of spring 2018, students will no longer be admitted to the Athletic Training degree.

Athletic Training degree. Athletic Trainer, Athletic Training Programs; Athletic trainer degree
Take care of active injuries and active people.

Join the ranks of this growing field quickly becoming a major addition to modern healthcare.

Sports injuries can be serious. Treating acute injuries on the spot is not just about getting the player back in the game, but recognizing and properly handling potential life threatening conditions. Our physically active culture, aging population and physically demanding jobs are increasing the demand for athletic trainers - expert health care professionals who specialize in preventing and treating musculoskeletal injuries and sports-related illnesses, practicing under the direction and in collaboration with physicians.

Here's why more and more students are choosing Lewis University to earn their Athletic Training degree:
  • 5 diverse clinical experiences, starting as early as your first semester on campus
  • One of the top NCAA Division II athletic schools in the nation provides the perfect backdrop for on-site experience
  • The growing trend to put an Athletic Trainer in every high school and every private medical practice
  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)


    Lewis University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.  Effective February 19, 2016, CAATE has placed the Athletic Training program on Probation. 

    We remain an accredited program.  Probation is the result of first-time pass rates on the Board of Certification exam in 2013-14.  The University has taken several corrective measures and anticipates being removed from probation in 2017.  

  • Internship and work placement opportunities through our local affiliate partners
  • Small class sizes provide the perfect learning environment for hands-on real-life application
  • Impressive and caring faculty, including Dr. Pietro Tonino, Chief of Sports Medicine at Loyola University, who also serves as Medical Director here at Lewis
  • 100% pass rate on the Board of Certification exam to become a Certified Athletic Trainer from our 2012 graduating class
Life after Lewis
Many of our graduates go straight to work in local physical therapy and rehabilitation clinics, high schools and physician's offices as Certified Athletic Trainers. Some graduates choose Athletic Training as a springboard into graduate school and continue on to get their Master of Science degree in Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Kinesiology or Exercise Science.

Conditional Enrollment
During your first year at Lewis, you will take four core classes and participate in an observation experience on campus in preparation for a physical test and personal interview to determine your status in the program.


# of students who graduated from program 10 14 16 40
# of students who attempted the BOC exam 10 14 12 36
# of students employed as a certified athletic trainer or graduate assistant 8 14 8 30
# (%) of students who passed on 1st attempt 4 (40%) 12 (86%) 3 (25%)* 19 (53%)
# (%) of students who passed regardless of # of attempts 8 (80%) 14 (100%) 8 (67%)* 30 (83%)

Graduate Performance on Board of Certification (BOC) Examination

*4 additional students from this cohort plan to take the exam during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Student Talk

  • Athletic Training degree. Athletic Training degree. Athletic Trainer, Athletic Training Programs; Athletic trainer degree Rebecca Herbert, MS, ATC
    Clinical Exercise Physiologist - Certified Athletic Trainer, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital

    "My professors took an interest in me as an individual and wanted me to succeed not only in the Athletic Training program, but in life. They made themselves available to me at all times. I still communicate with my professors and seek their guidance and professional advice within the field."

  • Megan Faloona

    "I picked Athletic Training because it’s the only job that incorporates all the different things that I love."

  • Athletic Training degree Brandon Gonzalez
    Head Athletic Trainer, Chicago Rush Arena Football Team

    "I always knew I wanted to work in football, so Lewis faculty helped me accumulate quality experiences, including an internship at Northwestern University which led to an NFL internship with the Miami Dolphins. Without the support of Lewis faculty, I am sure I never would be where I am today."

  • Athletic Training degree. Athletic Training degree. Athletic Trainer, Athletic Training Programs Benjamin A. Black
    Director of Operations, Vanguard Health Systems

    "Being part of a small, growing program was incredibly beneficial to my education. Not only did I learn the basics of Sports Medicine, but gained exposure to the fundamentals of business, which prepared me for progressive growth in the healthcare industry and a Fortune 500 for-profit health system, where results matter."

  • Athletic Training degree. Athletic Training degree. Athletic Trainer, Athletic Training Programs Bradley Yates
    Athletic Trainer, Quincy University

    "The Clinical Assignments offered at Lewis are second-to-none. I had the opportunity to work at a variety of institutions, see a variety of ATC's at work, and develop many professional contacts upon graduation."