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Professional Athletic Training



Athletic training is a health care profession that specializes in the clinical diagnosis, immediate management, treatment, and rehabilitation of acute, chronic, or congenital musculoskeletal conditions. Athletic trainers (ATs) may be best known for providing health care services to high school, collegiate, and professional athletes. However, ATs can also be found in orthopedic clinics, industrial settings, the military, NASA, the performing arts, hospitals, and physician's offices. Each of these diverse practice settings allows the AT to use their knowledge and skill to return a patient to activity. If you are considering a career in health care, enjoy working with a physically active population, then athletic training could be the career for you.

The program began in 1972 and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Ohio's program promotes high practice standards by providing quality classroom and clinical education experiences. The program also promotes development of the athletic training profession through research publications. The program also encourages student attendance at professional meetings and involvement with state, district, and national athletic training organizations.

Ohio University's academic program uses the health care model for developing AT student competence. Professional coursework provides students with the ability to combine their knowledge and skills and apply them to professional practice. The athletic training major is a four-year program. The first academic year is pre-athletic training, followed by three years of professional preparation. Upon graduation students are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. Clinical education is an exciting part of the learning experience that allows students to be involved in patient care. Working with clinical instructors, students help provide supervised health care services to athletes involved in Ohio University intercollegiate athletics, Ohio University club sports, local high schools sports, and a general population of clinic and hospital patients.

Semester-long internships completed during the senior year are tailored to meet the students' career goals by allowing them to work and learn in the setting of their choice. Students may also participate in collaborative research projects with graduate students and faculty. Program graduates are eligible for national certification (ATC) by the Board of Certification (BOC) and state licensure. In Ohio, licensure is granted by the Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board.
To see the BOC pass rate click here.

The Professional Athletic Training Program at Ohio University is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the enrolled students. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates for a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The technical standards set forth by the Program establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the Program's accrediting agency, CAATE. 
All students admitted to the Program must meet the following abilities and expectations. In the event that a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted to the program. Compliance with the program's technical standards does not guarantee a student's eligibility for the BOC certification exam. 
Candidates for selection to the Program must demonstrate:
  • The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, and integrate concepts; problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments; and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm.
  • Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques and accurately, safely, and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients.
  • The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively. Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice.
  • The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.
  • The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.
  • The perseverance, diligence, and commitment to complete the athletic training program as outlined and sequenced.
  • Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.
  • Effective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care. 


Candidates for selection to the Program will be required to verify that they understand and meet these standards or that they believe that with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards. 
The Office of Institutional Equity will evaluate a student who states he or she could meet the program's technical standards with accommodation and confirm that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws. If a student states he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the University will determine whether it agrees that the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation; this includes a review of whether the accommodations requested are reasonable, taking into account if the accommodation would jeopardize clinician/patient safety, or the educational process of the student or the institution, including coursework, clinical education experiences, and internships deemed essential for graduation.


Students apply for admittance to the program during spring semester of their freshmen year. Application materials include proof of immunization, CPR/AED certification, an essay, three professional references, clinical observations, clinical objective assignments, and a copy of the student's DARS. 
Students are selected based upon academics and the ability to perform college work. Application prerequisites include the following:
  • Completion of of freshman athletic training courses with a "C" or better which include: AT1001, 1002, 1150. 
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Be on track to enroll in BIOS 1700 and 1705.
  • Earn 30 credit hours by the end of spring semester of application year.
  • Documentation of athletic training observation at clinical sites assigned by faculty (must have verification from AT at the site). 
  • Students who meet selection criteria may be invited to an on-campus interview in front of the selection committee. Interviews may be conducted after the application deadline.
  • Completion of athletic training program application submitted on or before application deadline. 
  • Completion of three recommendation forms.
  • Documentation of Hepatitis B, and MMR vaccinations and a current TB test. 
  • Meeting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) technical standards for admission found in the Program policies and procedure document. 
  • Transfer students are encouraged to apply and must complete a transfer application.


Students initially accepted will receive a certified letter of acceptance and will be given two weeks in which to accept or decline the invitation in writing.


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Technical Standards
Communicable Disease Policy

If you have any questions please contact the program director: 
Kayla Shinew, PhD, AT


Athletic Training Professional Organizations:
National Athletic Trainers' Association
Ohio Athletic Trainers' Association
Board of Certification