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OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 [Archived Catalog]

Athletic Training - MS (Post-Professional)

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Master of Science in Athletic Training

Athletic Training (Post-Professional) – MS8130
Grover Center E160
1 Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701-2979

Delivery Mode: Hybrid

Terms of Entry: Fall, Summer

Program Overview

The mission of the Post-professional Master of Science in Athletic Training (AT) is to promote and advance the athletic training profession through academics, scholarship, and practice and to guide the student to advanced clinical practice. The program strives to provide advanced systematic study, innovative research opportunities, leadership development, teaching experiences, and professional service. An emphasis is placed on personal and professional development.

Since 1972, Ohio University has been educating graduate students to become contributing members and leaders within the athletic training profession. Through academics, research, clinical experience, and service, the post-professional Master of Science in AT program prepares credentialed athletic trainers for advanced clinical practice. The program integrates the core competencies of evidence-based practice, interprofessional education and collaborative practice, quality improvement, healthcare informatics, professionalism, and patient-centered care.

The post-professional program is designed for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited Professional athletic training program, or for individuals who have been in professional practice. Graduate students have the opportunity to tailor their educational experience by completing a thesis or research project and through clinical experience options. Building on the expertise of our faculty and staff, research emphasizes evidence-based practice, care for underserved populations, and athletic training education.

This graduate program challenges students to become researchers, teachers, and advanced clinicians. Students may choose to serve as teaching assistants and are given the opportunity to act as preceptors in the clinical setting for the professional athletic training program. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

This is a full-time program. Students can complete this program in five semesters.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to develop and manage a research project from inception to completion.
  2. Report quality research that contributes to advanced clinical practice.
  3. Demonstrate professional values and behaviors that are consistent with the AT program’s expectations (e.g., respect, assertiveness, dependability, emotional maturity, ethical decisions etc.).
  4. Demonstrate principles of lifelong learning and professional development.
  5. Demonstrate professional and collaborative relationships with others.
  6. Exhibit citizenship and professional engagement/service.
  7. Function as a patient advocate through interprofessional collaboration and consideration of patient values.
  8. Apply critically appraised research to clinical decision making.
  9. Efficiently and consistently provide quality health care.
  10. Prepare athletic trainers to provide health care in a medically underserved area.

Further Information

Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/chsp/ahsw/athletic-training/post-professional-graduate

Further information can be obtained by emailing Chad Starkey, PhD, AT: starkeyc@ohio.edu.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must be graduates of a CAATE-accredited professional AT program. A minimum GPA of 3.0 and GRE of 300 are recommended.

International Students

This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.

Graduation Requirements

Credit Hour Requirement

Complete 38 credit hours with no grade lower than a C.


Culminating Experience

Students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination. In addition, the program requires successful completion of a research paper (AT 6940) or thesis (AT 6950) using original data collection, analysis, and presentation in professional manuscript format.

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