Athletic Training Graduate Program
About the Program
The Graduate Athletic Training Program is an accredited post-professional program by the NATA. Since 1972 we have been educating graduate students to become leaders and contributing members of the athletic training profession. We offer the options of a one year or two year (thesis or non-thesis option). The advanced curriculum challenges our students to become researchers, teachers, and a valuable asset to the community. Students who successfully complete the one- or two-year program will receive a Master of Science in Athletic Training degree.
Research fosters education. Our curriculum is designed to guide students through the research process as they work to complete a research project or thesis. Experienced mentors are available from the conception of an idea to its presentation. Students are encouraged to pursue grant opportunities from the Graduate Student Senate and other private organizations.
In addition to the quality research that our students complete and submit for publication, we offer valuable teaching experiences. Graduate students are encouraged to serve as teaching assistants in our undergraduate athletic training program. First year GAs function as clinical instructors; second-year GAs serve as ACI's (approved clinical instructors) so that they may directly supervise undergraduate students in a clinical experience. Being involved in class preparation, presentations, and supervision prepares students for a future career in many of the athletic training fields.
Graduate assistantships are available for certified and licensed students who are Ohio licensed athletic trainers. These GA positions are available in intercollegiate athletics, club sports, club ice hockey and at area high schools. These rural Appalachian high schools are located in medically underserved areas. Our GAs provide a very important community service for these athletes and we are very proud of our impact . While managing the health of our athletes we also strive to raise athletic training public awareness.
We greatly appreciate any questions or comments. You may contact our program coordinator,
Chad Starkey, PhD, AT, FNATA
Athletic Training Professional Organizations