Athletic Training

Athletes come in all forms—from the high school football quarterback, to the middle-aged marathon runner or professional soccer star and everything in between. All athletes work hard to succeed no matter their skill level, but many inevitably find themselves on the sideline, working through injuries. Athletic trainers are the healthcare professionals working to prevent, evaluate, manage and rehabilitate the injuries that occur in physically active people.
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About the Athletic Training major

Carroll University’s Athletic Training major prepares you for a career in healthcare to help people stay active and healthy even when sports-related injuries occur. You’ll learn how to effectively provide care for others as you interact with patients of all ages and abilities in a variety of areas. You’ll gain valuable experience when you apply what you’ve learned in the classroom through hands-on experience working with our athletic teams and internship opportunities. This combination of intensive coursework and practical clinical situations develops our students into well-rounded and knowledgeable professionals ready for employment or graduate school.

Your classroom experience will include time spent in our new, state-of-the-art, Michael and Mary Jaharis Science Laboratories, including the study of the human body in our cadaver laboratory. Though athletic trainers work externally to prevent and treat injuries, this unique opportunity provides you with excellent foundational knowledge in human anatomy and adds to your qualifications and experience. You’ll also spend a considerable amount of time learning in the field from professional athletic trainers while completing your undergraduate degree. During practicums you’ll be placed in local high schools or work with our NCAA Division III teams to provide care for athletes in a supervised setting.

In your final semester you’ll participate in a required 14-week internship and fully immerse yourself working full time in the profession. With help from faculty, you’ll choose an internship that allows you to succeed and fits your career goals best. Our students have worked all over the country in high schools, rehabilitation clinics, Division I institutions and performing arts organizations among others.

All of these experiences will help grow your network and allow you to make connections in the community as you begin your job search.

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We help you build real world experience, explore careers and network with professionals through internship opportunities. Recent placements include the following companies:

  • Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Select PT/ESPN Disney Wide World of Sports
  • University of Wisconsin Green Bay
  • University of Minnesota
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Denver
  • Arizona State University
  • University of Arizona
  • Aurora Healthcare
  • ProHealth Care
  • Ascension Healthcare


College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the industries and careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

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“I've always had an interest in healthcare and a passion for sports.”
— Nathan Schaefer '18

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Program Outcomes

3-Year Aggregate
 Number of students graduating from program
3-Year Aggregate:33
 Number of students graduating from program who took the BOC certification examination
3-Year Aggregate:33
 Number of students who passed the BOC certification examination on the first attempt
3-Year Aggregate:27
 Percentage of students who passed the BOC certification examination on the first attempt
3-Year Aggregate:82%
 Number of students who passed the BOC certification examination regardless of the number of attempts
3-Year Aggregate:31
 Percentage of students who passed the BOC certification examination regardless of the number of attempts
3-Year Aggregate:94%

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Jamie Krzykowski

Dr. Jamie Krzykowski

Clinical Associate Professor / Athletic Training Program Director
Thomas Pahnke

Thomas Pahnke

Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Clinical Associate Professor of Athletic Training, Exercise Physiology and Physical Therapy
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