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Program Highlights

The mission of the Millikin Athletic Training Program in the School of Exercise Science & Sport is to provide quality education for students wishing to become certified athletic trainers. Through a combination of both didactic and practical learning experiences, the program helps students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for success on the Board of Certification (BOC) examination and for success in the field of Athletic Training and related allied health fields.

Under the guidance and supervision of a team of certified athletic trainers, you will build and enhance your knowledge and skills regarding the prevention, evaluation, management, and rehabilitation of injuries that occur within the active and general populations.

The Millikin Athletic Training Program received initial national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) in 2002.  The profession of Athletic Training is governed by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE), the Board of Certification (BOC), and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). 

CAATE Seal Accr Progam VF

A recent mandate from the Strategic Alliance (NATA, CAATE, BOC) requires the entry-level degree into the athletic training profession to be at the master's level.  As a result, the bachelor’s program in Athletic Training was dissolved to allow Millikin University to transition to a 3+2 master’s level athletic training program.  The termination of the bachelor’s program is reflected on the CAATE website as “Voluntary Withdrawal of Accreditation.”  According to the accrediting body, a bachelor's program must be withdrawn before a master's program can launch.   

The new 3+2 master’s level athletic training program will be launched in the fall of 2024.  Students entering the program prior to the fall of 2024 will complete the first three years of the Exercise Science major and will begin the master’s portion of the program in their fourth year at Millikin.   

An Athletic Trainer is a qualified, allied health care professional educated and experienced in the prevention, evaluation, rehabilitation, protection, and management of health care problems associated with diverse populations. Athletic trainers may be employed in a variety of settings including clinics, high schools, universities, youth and profession sports, performing arts, and businesses ( In cooperation with physicians and other allied health care personnel, the athletic trainer functions as a vital link between the physically active environment and the medical community. 

CAATE Program Data and Outcomes

Exercise Science - Athletic Training Master Plan of Study

Departmental Course Offerings

Courses change each semester, so this list should not be considered a commitment to these individual topics. However, this does represent a list of many of our current and popular courses. The list is provided so that you can begin to imagine your academic career at Millikin in this major.

Prevention and Treatment of Athletic Injuries This is an introductory course emphasizing prevention and treatment of injuries particular to athletics and recreational activities. Rehabilitation procedures are included. (ES130)
Personal and Community Health This is an introductory course surveying topics and issues pertaining to the health/wellness classroom. Developing the wellness concept; physical, mental, social, emotional, environmental, and spiritual well-being are discussed. (ES160)
Foundations & Theory of Health Behavior & Fitness

Exercise science encompasses a growing number of subdisciplines, each aimed at integrating the unique demands of movement and the basic science associated with the subdisciplines. The aim of this course is for students to learn the introductory science and basic concepts of exercise, movement and healthy behaviors. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the requirements for career preparation in the major subdisciplines of health, fitness, athletic performance and recreation. Attribute: Health Fitness & Recreation and Health Promotion majors. (ES206)

Physiology of Exercise I This course provides a foundation of the cardiovascular, nervous, endocrine, and respiratory systems and health issues related to these systems. Emphasis is placed on the relationships between physical activity, exercise behavior, and the physiological adaptations to exercise as they relate to health and fitness. Also addressed are the rationale of exercise training programs for various sectors of the population and exercise prescriptions for healthy individuals and those with health risks. Course and lab cannot be taken independent of one another. (ES305)
Physiology of Exercise I Lab

Taken in conjunction with ES 305. Through demonstration and laboratory experiences, students will gain skills needed to assess acute and chronic physiologically changes that occur in the body in response to exercise. Course and lab cannot be taken independent of one another. (ES306)

Kinesiology Anatomical understanding of the human body, with emphasis on biomechanics, origin, insertion, action, and innervation of the primary muscles used in human movement. (ES310)
Growth and Motor Development

Study of child, adolescent, and adult motor development will be the primary focus. Reference to similarities and differences in motor development through the lifespan of the individual will be emphasized. Secondary considerations of the cognitive, social, and emotional development will be included. (ES325)

Health-Related Nutrition This course will explore the role of nutrition in physical fitness and health as professionals strive to promote optimal wellness. Fitness components, testing, and program design will be discussed. Nutritional concepts, nutrient function, and dietary considerations will be explored. (ES328)
Organization & Administration

This course focuses on the critical decisions and action steps that students must make in the planning, initiating, and sustaining new health and fitness ventures. The course uses experiential learning as the paradigm for engaging students in discovery and hypotheses testing of their personal business model. (ES335)


The study the physical principles and physics of the human body as it moves during activity, how the neuromuscular system controls human movement, and the mechanical principles that underlie musculoskeletal injury.  (ES409)

Physiology of Exercise  This course is designed to facilitate understanding in how the body reacts and adapts to exercise. Attention to the methods and principles of exercise testing is covered in detail. The course includes practical application of principles through laboratory experiences. Importance and purpose, physiological rationale, methodology, analysis and discussion of exercise, and the human body are all included. (ES410)
Physiology of Exercise Lab Taken in conjunction with ES410. For the lab part of this course, students will gain knowledge of the acute and chronic changes that physiologically occur in the body in response to exercise through demonstration and laboratory experiences. (ES411)
Principles of Strength and Conditioning This course will examine the basics of training design for personal fitness and athletic enhancement. Main topics, which are applied, are anatomy and physiology, testing and evaluation, exercise techniques, and program design. Students who complete this course will have sufficient knowledge to pursue a certification as a personal trainer from accredited fitness organizations. (ES418)
Principles of Strength and Conditioning Lab

Taken in conjunction with ES 418. For the lab part of this course, students will gain knowledge and practical experience in designing and implementing strength training programming through demonstration and laboratory experiences. (ES419)