Mayor's Proclamation for National Athletic Training Month (March 2018)

Athletic Training

"Making a Difference Since 1972"

Western Illinois University's Athletic Training Program's goal is to prepare athletic training students for a future role in the health care of the physically active and to meet entry-level standards of the Certified Athletic Trainer.


Western Illinois University's Athletic Training Program strives to provide athletic training students with premier academic, clinical, and hands-on experiences within the field of athletic training. Through research, instruction, application, and feedback in the prevention, recognition, evaluation and rehabilitation of the physically active, the AT Program prepares students for success on the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification examination while building qualified entry-level professionals who are characterized by their commitment to the profession, leadership in the community, and life-long learning.


Western Illinois University's Athletic Training Program will be recognized nationally as one of the premier athletic training education programs. Western's AT Program will be widely known for its state of the art facility and excellent instructors who are recognized for their contributions to the athletic training profession. Students will have the opportunity to develop and utilize applied technical and clinical skills as well as critical thinking and problem-solving abilities to assist in the daily operation of traditional and non-traditional athletic training settings. Western Illinois University graduates will assume significant leadership responsibilities across the nation and around the world.


CAATE SealWestern Illinois University's Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The AT Program was first recognized in November 1972 by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Division of Professional Advancement as being an approved curriculum for athletic training. The Program has since maintained continued accreditation and will be up for renewal in the 2019-2020 academic year. For more information regarding the accreditation process and CAATE, please go to the website at