Ohio University

Doctor of Athletic Training

About the Program

Ohio University’s 100% online Doctor of Athletic Training (DAT) program was designed with affordability and various lifestyles in mind.

The program consists of a minimum of 42 credit hours beyond the master’s degree and is delivered across four semesters. Transfer credit from prior master’s degree courses and the Ohio University Athletic Training Residency may be accepted.

The focus of this program is data-driven practice that aligns with two tracks. Students may select from an advanced clinical practice track where clinicians use data to inform their clinical decisions or a clinical research track that prepares clinicians to collect and analyze data. Students in the clinical research track could transition into an academic doctoral program (e.g., Translational Biomedical Sciences or the Individual Interdisciplinary PhD programs).  

The program requires a minimum of 12 hours of electives and includes the option to receive a Clinical Informatics Certificate offered by the College of Health Sciences and Professions’ Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies

Students in our Athletic Training Residency program who meet the other program admissions requirements will be able to continue on to complete the DAT advanced clinical practice track, with 100% of the credits transferring.

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Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must:

1. Be a graduate of a CAATE-accredited master’s degree program

OR

2. Be a credentialed athletic trainer and possess a master’s degree in a related area

  • Have a minimum master’s degree GPA of 3.0
  • A GRE score of 300; a writing score of 4 is preferred (due to COVID the GRE requirement is waived for the 2021 admission cycle)
  • Be certified as an athletic trainer by the Board of Certification, Inc.
  • Be appropriately credentialed in the state in which they reside.
  • Possess a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number.


Each semester, the student must demonstrate evidence of full-or part-time work experience as an athletic trainer. The scope of employment can include clinical practice, teaching, research, business, and/or administrative responsibilities. Gaps in employment must be justified in order to seek a waiver of this requirement (e.g., Family Medical Leave).

Clinical Informatics Certificate option

Students will need to complete an Application for Update of Graduate Academic Program. This application can be obtained online or in-person from the Graduate College.

The completed application, including the signature of an advisor and the certificate/program coordinator, should be submitted to the Graduate College office at Ohio University.

Program Design

The DAT aims to develop scholarly clinicians. The proposed program will consist of a minimum of four academic semesters and a minimum of 42 credit hours. The base program consists of 17 hours of core coursework and 13 credit hours in the Clinical Practice Track or 13 credit hours in the Clinical Research Track. A minimum of 12 elective hours are required in each track.
 

Clinical Practice Track

 

Fall (Semester 1)

 

AT 6160 Patient-Oriented Outcomes in AT

3

IHS 5513 Health Informatics for the Health Professions

3

Elective

3

Semester Total

9

 

 

Spring (Semester 2)

 

AT 6222 Statistics for Advanced AT Practice I

3

AT 6400 Evidence-Based Care in AT I

3

PT 7150 Imaging in Rehabilitation

2

Elective

3

Semester Total

11

 

 

Fall (Semester 3)

 

AT 6350 Sport Injury Risk Assessment

3

AT 6410 Evidence-Based Care in AT II

3

HLTH 6100 Evaluation and Quality Improvement in Healthcare 

3

Elective

3

Semester Total

12

 

 

Spring (Semester 4)

 

AT 6360 Psychosocial Issues in AT

2

AT 6120 Leadership and Professionalism in Athletic Training

2

AT 6310 Neuromechanics

3

Elective

3

Semester Total:

10

PROGRAM TOTAL:
42

 

Clinical Research Track

 

Fall (Semester 1)

 

AT 6160 Patient-Oriented Outcomes in AT

3

IHS 5513 Health Informatics for the Health Professions

3

EXPH 6080 Research Methods 
OR 
Elective

3

Semester Total

9

 

 

Spring (Semester 2)

 

AT 6222 Statistics for Advanced AT Practice I

3

AT 6940 Research Project

2

HLTH 6770 Grant Writing in Public Health Practice

3

Elective

3

Semester Total

11

 

 

Fall (Semester 3)

 

AT 6350 Sport Injury Risk Assessment

3

AT 6940 Research Project

2

IHS 6803 Program Planning and Evaluation

OR Elective

3

Semester Total

8

 

 

Spring (Semester 4)

 

AT 6120 Leadership and Professionalism in Athletic Training

2

AT 6322 Statistics for Advanced AT Practice II

4

AT 6940 Research Project

2

AT 6310 Neuromechanics

3

Semester Total

11

PROGRAM TOTAL:
42

 

Suggested Electives

 

AT 6560 Healthcare of the Performing Artist

3

AT 6900 Special Topics in Athletic Training

1-15

AT 6930 Special Problems in Athletic Training

1-4

AGC 5140 Academic Writing in Graduate Studies

3

EXPH 6080 Research Methods*

3

IHS 6803 Program Planning and Evaluation in Healthcare

3

HLTH 6801 Health Information Systems and Applications

3

*Required for students without this course on their transcripts