Ryan Nokes, Ph.D., ATC

Associate Professor, Kinesiology
Clinical Coordinator Athletic Training Program

Dr. Ryan Nokes has been a professor at Point Loma Nazarene University since 2015 and is currently the Clinical Education Coordinator for the Master's of Science in Athletic Training Program. Dr. Nokes teaches in both the Undergraduate and Graduate Kinesiology Departments as well as multiple courses in the Athletic Training Program. Dr. Nokes is a Board Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), and a NASM Certified Nutrition Coach (CNC).


  • Ph.D., Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
  • M.A., Kinesiology, Concentration in Athletic Training, San Jose State University
  • B.A., Athletic Training, Point Loma Nazarene University

Courses Taught

  • Clinical Internship I – ATR 290
  • Clinical Internship II – ATR 291
  • Clinical Practicum I – ATR 390
  • Introduction to Athletic Training – KIN 280
  • Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries - KIN 2080
  • Movement Interventions & Corrective Exercise - KIN 3075
  • Advance Practice in Movement Interventions & Corrective Exercise - KIN 6035
  • Therapeutic Modalities Lecture & Lab - KIN 6015

Experience in Field

Clinically, Dr. Nokes has served as an athletic trainer at San Francisco State University where he worked with men’s soccer and women’s track and field. Dr. Nokes later became the head athletic trainer at Point Loma High School in San Diego, CA where he worked with a total of 20 different sports. He also has experience working in a Chiropractic setting.

Dr. Nokes’s research interests include the use of patient-reported outcome measures to assess the effectiveness of therapeutic modalities and manual therapies. He also has research interests in the use corrective exercise to treat functional musculoskeletal dysfunction.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • National Athletic Trainers’ Association Member (plus FWATA and CATA memberships)
  • San Diego High School Athletic Trainers’ Association Member