70 undergraduate credit hours, 69 graduate credit hours

Dual-Degree Format

This undergraduate program works in partnership with Trinity Graduate School and allows students to earn both degrees back to back.


You will be taking courses and participating in training that will fully prepare you to take the Board of Certification examination to earn the “ATC” (Athletic Trainer, Certified) credential. A degree/major in athletic training awarded by a university alone does not immediately qualify you to work as an “athletic trainer” until you are certified by taking the exam. Courses in health sciences, biology, math, bioethics, psychology, anatomy, and pre-athletic training will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.


Major requirements total 70 undergraduate credit hours and 69 graduate credit hours. This includes 39 hours in the Exercise Science core, 16 hours of Pre-Athletic Training Emphasis, and 15 hours of general electives. Interesting courses you will take include:

  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Exercise
  • Introduction to Bioethics
  • Physiology of Exercise


Health Sciences course
Course Title Credits
HS 161 Medical Terminology 1 hour
HS 162 Introduction to Interprofessional Health Services 1 hour
HS 165 Responding to Emergencies and
Sport Safety Training
3 hours
HS 168 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injury 3 hours
HS 201 Physiology of Exercise 3 hours
HS 202* Nutrition 3 hours
HS 251 Kinesiology 3 hours
HS 454 Measurement, Research, Statistics and Technology 3 hours
HS 490 Seminar in Interprofessional Health Services 1 hour
BIO 111* General Biology 4 hours
BIO 340 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 hours
BIO 341 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 hours
MA 285X* Statistics 4 hours
BE 474X
BE 476X
Introduction to Bioethics
Undergraduate Bioethics Institute
3 hours
PSY 140* Introduction to Psychology 3 hours
HPW 228X Sport and Wellness Psychology 3 hours
Pre-Athletic Training Emphasis
CH103* Introduction to Chemistry 4 hours
CH 203 Essentials of Organic Biochemistry 4 hours
PHY 111 General Physics I 4 hours
PHY 112 General Physics II 4 hours
MA 121 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 4 hours
HS 351 Biomechanics 3 hours
HS 480
HS 5111
Professional Rotation in Health Sciences
Athletic Training Clinical I
1 hour
Highly Recommended Athletic Training courses
BIO 310 Microbiology 4 hours
HS 365 Motor Learning and Lifespan Development 3  hours
HS 370 Intro. to Therapeutic Modalities and Rehabilitation 3  hours
HS 380 Advanced Functional Anatomy 3  hours
Choose one:
PSY 335 Child Development
PSY 337 Psychology of Adolescence
PSY 339 Adult Development
* Fulfills a general education requirement
Health Sciences Courses
HS 5001 Foundations for Integrative Thought
in Health Sciences
3 hours
HS 5002 Foundations for Cultural Engagement
in Health Sciences
3 hours
HS 5111 Athletic Training Clinical I 1 hour
HS 5112 Athletic Training Clinical II 2 hours
HS 5168 Prevention and Care of Emergent
Musculoskeletal Injuries and Illnesses
3 hours
HS 5202 Nutritional Considerations in Healthcare 3 hours
HS 5261 Clinical Examination & Diagnosis I –
Lower Extremity
3 hours
HS 5262 Clinical Examination & Diagnosis II –
Upper Extremity
3 hours
HS 5263 Clinical Examination & Diagnosis III –
Head, Spine, & Pelvis
3 hours
HS 5271 Therapeutic Interventions I – Lower Extremity 2 hours
HS 5272 Therapeutic Interventions II – Upper Extremity 2 hours
HS 5273 Therapeutic Interventions III – Head, Spine, & Pelvis 2 hours
HS 5311 Athletic Training Clinical III 2 hours
HS 5312 Athletic Training Clinical IV 2 hours
HS 5410* Athletic Training Seminar 1 hour
HS 6285 Statistics and Research in Healthcare 3 hours
HS 6401 Pharmacology and Ergogenic Aids 3 hours
HS 6430 General Medical Conditions 3 hours
HS 6450 Leadership and Professional
Development in Healthcare
3 hours
HS 6456 Healthcare Administration 3 hours
HS 6470 Psychosocial Aspects and Behavioral Change 3 hours
HS 6511 Athletic Training Clinical Capstone I 2 hours
HS 6512 Athletic Training Clinical Capstone II 2 hours
BIO 5040 Gross Anatomy 4 hours
BIO 6040 Pathophysiology 3 hours
BE 5100 Intensive Bioethics Institute 3 hours
BE 5299 The Clinical Context 1 hour
BE 5300 Clinical Issues in Bioethics 2 hours
*1-credit hour course taken during each of six semesters
Required Additional Fees:
There are extra costs once you are admitted to the professional phase of the Athletic Training program. These costs are in addition to tuition, room and board fees, and course/lab fees charged by the university, and include the following:
Annual Apparel Fee: $100
Annual National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Student Membership Fee: $75
Annual CPR Renewal Fee: $30
One-Time Athletic Training Program Learning Management System Access Fee: $90
One-Time Background Check Fee: $35
Attendance at the Illinois Athletic Trainers’ Association (IATA) Annual Symposium (required once prior to graduation): $25 registration, plus additional costs for transportation and hotel. IATA alternates between Springfield and the Chicagoland area.
Attendance at the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA) Annual Symposium (required once prior to graduation): $70 registration, plus additional costs for transportation and hotel. GLATA is located approximately 10 miles from TIU’s campus.
Attendance for at least one ACES BOC Preparatory Workshop prior to graduation: $175 registration, typically hosted on-campus.
Students are also responsible for transportation costs to and from clinical sites and the Northern Illinois Food Bank (30 miles round-trip from TIU). Carpooling is encouraged when possible.


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