MidAmerica Nazarene University
Athletic Training professionals minister to athletes to help them avoid injuries, or treat injuries
once they happen.

The Facts

The Athletic Training Program at MidAmerica Nazarene University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)*, through the 2018-19 academic year. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training, you are eligible to take the BOC certification examination. After successfully passing this exam, you will officially be recognized as a certified athletic trainer, ATC.  Our program is one of the few nationally accredited programs in the Midwest.

Certified athletic trainers are recognized by the American Medical Association as Allied Healthcare professionals who "provide a variety of services, including injury prevention, assessment, immediate care, treatment, and rehabilitation after physical injury or trauma". Athletic Trainers collaborate with physicians and other members of the healthcare community to optimize the activity and normal function of patients and clients.

At MNU you will integrate academic knowledge and clinical education in eight major areas: evidence-based practice,

prevention and health promotion, clinical examination and diagnosis, acute care of injury and illness, therapeutic interventions, psychosocial strategies and referral, healthcare administration, professional development and responsibility.

As a student, you’ll have access to a state-of-the-art health and fitness complex in MNU’s Cook Center, including a large basketball/volleyball arena, two practice gyms, a fully equipped weight room, treatment and taping tables and simulation labs and studio. You also have access to 2,000 square feet of facilities at MNU's Olathe Medical Center Athletic Training Room, with equipment for injury treatment and physical rehabilitation as well as access to our high-tech SwimEx Aquatic Therapy Pool, all located right in Cook Center. 

As an athletic training major, you may be eligible for the Wayne Dance Memorial Scholarship, along with several additional Athletic Training scholarships.

For more information on the athletic training major contact Chris Crawford, Athletic Training Program Director at 913-971-3694 or cpcrawford@mnu.edu

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


"Studying Athletic Training at MNU has been a blessing in disguise. Not only have I learned the practical skills to become a healthcare provider, but I have learned the virtue and reward of hard work and serving others."

Melanie Ellsworth on Athletic Training

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“Athletic training has always been my passion. The opportunities that I have been presented with to be a servant to others, has always provided me with a strong sense of purpose. Now, I am blessed even more with the opportunity to teach about what I love and to pass that information on to the future of the athletic training profession.”

Chris Crawford MSE, ATC, LAT
Athletic Training Program Director and assistant professor.

Our professors are professionals and scholars with clinical licenses at the highest levels in their field. They have professional experience as therapists, teachers and athletic trainers. Professors actively engage in scholarly research and service learning projects that are applicable to the classroom setting.

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Clinical Education Sites

We've recently placed students at:

Athletic Training Links

  • MNU Athletic Department
  • Kansas City Ballet
  • Olathe School District
  • Blue Valley School District
  • Gardner School District
  • Johnson County Orthopedics
  • Olathe Medical Center
  • Johnson County Community College
Athletic Training undergraduate program at MidAmerica Nazarene University


Touching every aspect of athletic training, you could become a:

Athletic Trainer for Professional Sports
Collegiate Athletic Trainer

Secondary School Athletic Trainer
Performing Arts Trainer

Military or Law Enforcement Trainer
Industrial Workplace Trainer

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