Preparing you for admission into any school of athletic training

    About The Program

    With a career in athletic training, you’ll help athletes achieve their maximum potential in health and performance. While pre-athletic training is not a major itself, we’ll match you with a degree program and the necessary coursework required to prepare you for admission into a school of athletic training.




    Wondering if this program is for you?

    This program will be a good fit if you are:

    • Driven and committed, wanting to pass knowledge along and stay on top of latest research
    • Personable, with good communication skills; a lot of daily contact
    • Adaptable and dependable; not a typical schedule and many demands can be placed with little notice
    • Invested in helping others and seeing them succeed
    • Caring, compassionate and empathetic; people that are in it for the long-term wellbeing of others are needed in these positions
    • Hands-on, and skilled at monitoring/assessing

    With an athletic training degree, you could work in:


    • High school athletic training
    • University athletic training
    • Sports medicine clinic athletic training
    • Medical and rehab clinic athletic training
    • Rehabilitation

    At Northern, we believe getting you out of the classroom and into a real-world workplace setting is a critical part of your education. You'll have several opportunities for internships and other forms of experiential learning throughout your time at Northern. Learn more at Student Experiences!


    The NSU WolfPACT is the highest guaranteed, four-year scholarship in the region. But that isn't the only scholarship available at Northern. Visit Education Scholarships for other scholarship opportunities!

    Sample Plans of Study
    Suggested Majors and Minors

    Students in our pre-athletic training program often major in:

    And minor in:

    Study Abroad

    Experience the world while earning your degree through NSU Study Abroad! With hundreds of opportunities available around the globe, Northern can make your study abroad dream become a reality. Learn more at Study Abroad!

    Student Research

    At Northern, you'll have the chance to conduct cutting-edge research that can have real-world impacts - while still an undergraduate student. Learn more at Student Research!

    Contact Information

    Ready to take the next step? Contact us today:

    Want to learn more about living and learning at Northern? Contact NSU Admissions today 605-626-2544 or!

    Still unsure of a major? We can help! Contact Career Services at 605-626-3007 or

    Jodie Ramsay

    Ph.D. University of South Dakota

    M.S. North Dakota State University

    B.S. North Dakota State University

    Dr. Jodie Ramsay started at NSU in 2001. Her area of expertise is plant science. She grew up in Minnesota and spends much of the summer there, where she co-owns a greenhouse. Dr. Ramsay is the director of NSU Regional Science Fair and serves as the faculty mentor for Rising Scholar (dual credit) biology courses taught across eastern South Dakota.
    Courses Taught
    Environmental Biology
    Environmental Science and Conservation
    Freshman Seminar
    General Biology I
    General Biology II
    Plants and Civilization
    Plant Structure and Function
    Plant Systematics
    Senior Seminar
    Soils and the Environment
    Chelsee Shortt
    Ph.D., Physical Education, University of South Carolina

    At the University of South Carolina, Dr. Shortt studied physical literacy, K-12 sport and physical activity (PA) policy, and child/adolescent PA behaviors in and out of educational settings. The publication of Dr. Shortt’s dissertation, "Conceptualizing Physical Literacy for Assessment of High School Students in the United States," can be found at University of South Carolina Scholar Commons.

    Dr. Shortt is Northern's SPL graduate coordinator, chair of the Sports Sciences Department, and faculty athletic representative. She is a member of the International Physical Literacy Association and serves as a country lead. 


    Dr. Shortt is dedicated to enhancing undergraduate and graduate research and providing advanced hands-on learning opportunities at Northern.