• Overview
  • Faculty
  • Requirements
  • Advising
  • Career Tracks
  • Off-Campus Study
  • Unique Opportunities
  • Graduate Success

Exercise Science/Athletic Training


Ripon College offers a major in exercise science with an athletic training emphasis. This major is specifically for students who want to become certified athletic trainers, as it gives them the undergraduate preparation for graduate school in athletic training to become certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association. A student majoring in exercise science with an emphasis in athletic training will be introduced to sports medicine, including the occurrence of injury, the process of healing, and extensive study of research in athletic training and physical therapy. Attention will be concentrated on common injuries to the leg, foot, hip, shoulder, arm, back, abdominal region and head. Assessment and injury evaluation also are included.

Program Spotlight


Brian Azinger

Brian Azinger

Head Athletic Trainer

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Katie Astrauskas

Catherine “Katie” Astrauskas

Associate Professor of Exercise Science, Athletic Administrator, Head Coach of Volleyball

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Emily Thiel

Emily Thiel

Adjunct Professor of Exercise Science

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Mark Cole

Associate Professor of Exercise Science

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Rick Coles

Professor of Exercise Science, Chair of Exercise Science Department, Assistant Coach of Football

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Ron Ernst

Ronald Ernst

Professor of Exercise Science, Head Coach of Football, Assistant Athletic Director

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Requirements for a major in Exercise Science - Athletic Training Emphasis: 41 credits including: EXS 201, 211, 232, 333, 361, 362, 412, 432, (2) 441 (2 different practicum courses), 451, 501; BIO 211, 312. In addition, a student majoring in exercise science with an emphasis in athletic training would need to complete 800 hours of clinical work under the direct supervision of a certified trainer. Applicants for the athletic training program should contact Brian Azinger at the Storzer Center


Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. We also work collaboratively with Ripon College Career and Professional Development to help match your interests and skills to concrete goals and construct a plan for professional success offering personalized career counseling, off-campus learning opportunities and an online job board with potential to connect with local, national and international employers. Our collaboration with Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Likewise, Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

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Career Tracks

Exercise science/athletic training can lead to careers in education, sports medicine, training and coaching. They may also find careers as a physician's assistant, occupational therapist, or chiropractor. It often provides a background for further work in other disciplines including government, business, law, medicine, marketing and other fields. The athletic training track is for those students that want undergraduate preparation for graduate school to become certified athletic trainers.

Recent graduates have taken many paths, including graduate school programs in law, business, education administration and medicine.

In addition to the many schools where our graduates teach and coach, recent graduates of our program work for:

  • Accurate Controls Inc.
  • Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital
  • Bank of Luxemburg
  • Bellin Sports Medicine
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Carthage College
  • Coe College
  • Harris Bank
  • M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank
  • Meriter Hospital
  • Mile Bluff Medical Center
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Shorewood Community Fitness Center
  • Spirit Winds Physical Therapy
  • TotalMed Staffing
  • UW-Madison
  • UW-Sheboygan
  • Wisconsin Golf Inc.
  • Xperience Fitness
  • YMCA

Job titles of recent graduates include:

  • Teacher
  • Coach
  • Licensed athletic trainer
  • Sports director
  • Athletic director
  • Fitness specialist
  • Personal trainer
  • Marketing assistant

Off-Campus Study

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off- Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.

Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.

Unique Opportunities

Exercise science students have completed practicums at various radio stations, at the University of Wisconsin campuses in Green Bay and Milwaukee, at the offices of the Midwest Conference, and for the Green Bay Blizzard, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Milwaukee Admirals, the Milwaukee Wave, the Rockford River Hawks and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Student are also able to earn an American Red Cross adult CPR certification and acquire valuable job experience by working in the training room at the J.M. Storzer Athletic Center or the Ripon Medical Center Rehabilitation Department.

Graduate Success

While earning his degree in sports management, Jake Marshall ’10 was Ripon’s record-setting quarterback. “The faculty in the exercise science department prepared me for basically any career I wanted," Jake says. "My major requires two internships. My experience interning for a minor league baseball team and the inspiration of Coach (Rick) Coles and Coach (Ron) Ernst, made me realize I wanted to become a coach. I am now a graduate assistant and wide receivers coach at Coe College. I am thankful every day for the experiences Ripon offered me. Go Red Hawks!”