Bachelor of Arts
Athletic training is an Allied Health Profession, recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA). Because of this, the job requires specific training and education; professional athletic trainers must meet certain qualifications to receive certification.
The academic curriculum for athletic training integrates academic knowledge and clinical training in six major areas: injury prevention; clinical evaluation and diagnosis; immediate care; treatment, rehabilitation and diagnosis; organization and administration; and professional responsibility.
As an athletic trainer, you’ll primarily work to help people avoid injuries, or treat injuries once they happen. You might work with professional, college or high school athletes, or other individuals whose jobs require lots of physical activity. You may work in collaboration with a physician or a sports coach.
MNU’s Athletic Training program is one of the few nationally accredited programs in the Midwest, recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
MNU’s Athletic Training facilities offer state-of-the-art resources for injury treatment and physical rehab. The Olathe Medical Center Athletic Training Room contains nearly 2000 square feet of top-of-the-line facilities and equipment, with separate spaces for rehabilitation, taping and treatment, hydrotherapy and offices, plus a lab room with treatment tables. High-tech equipment includes a Kin-Com machine with personalized physical activity regimens, and a Swim-Ex Aquatic Therapy Pool. Meanwhile, the Fieldhouse Athletic Training Room offers three treatment tables, a full-length taping table, and many more resources for providing the best physical care to MNU athletes.
Approved Clinical Instructors provide hands-on training and supervision so students can develop their clinical skills. These instructors are active professionals: successful athletic trainers, physical therapists and medical doctors.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
As an athletic training major, you may be eligible for the Wayne Dance Memorial Scholarship, along with several additional Athletic Training scholarships.
Internships help students gain hands-on experience, professional contacts and great prospects for a future job. MNU’s athletic training students have interned at the following locations:
- Olathe School District
- Blue Valley School District
- Gardner School District
- Johnson County Orthopedics
- Olathe Medical Center
- Johnson County Community College
Your workplace options in your career as an Athletic Trainer include:
- Colleges and universities
- Clinics and hospitals
- School districts
- Sports medicine clinics
Alumni and recent graduates of MNU’s athletic training program are currently working and attending graduate school at Johnson County Orthopedics, Anderson County High School, Olathe School District, University of Kansas and University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Dr. David "D.C." Colt