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Graduate Athletic Training

About the Program

The Graduate Athletic Training Program is a CAATE-accredited post-professional program. 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 program that emphasize academics, research and clinical practice. The two-year program has a thesis option. The advanced curriculum challenges students to become better clinicians, researchers, teachers and a valuable asset to the community. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a master of science in athletic training degree.

Research informs clinical practice and education. Our program is designed to guide students through the research process as they work to complete an original data-driven research project or thesis. Experienced faculty mentors guide the student from the conception of an idea through data collection and analysis to its presentation. Students are encouraged to pursue grant opportunities from the Graduate Student Senate, professional organizations 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 may serve as teaching assistants in our professional (undergraduate) athletic training program. First year GAs function as clinical instructors and preceptors so that they may directly supervise undergraduate students in a clinical experience.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships may be available for students who are Ohio licensed athletic trainers or registered as an AT in West Virginia. These GA positions are available in intercollegiate athletics, club sports, club ice hockey and high schools in Southeastern Ohio and Columbus. These rural Appalachian high schools are located in medically underserved areas. Our GAs provide a very important community service for this population. While managing the health of our patients, we also strive to raise public awareness of the role of the contemporary athletic trainer.

Post-Professional Athletic Training Curriculum
Graduate P&P Manual

Institutional Aggregate Data:

Retention rate: 122/123 (99.1%)
Graduation rate: 122/123 (99.1%)
Transfer-out rates: 1/124 (0.8%)
Job placement: 110/122 (90.2%)*

*Job placement includes students who continued their education; 12 students elected to pursue other life options.

Applying to the Program

Graduate Program Brochure 2017-18
Program Application Form
Evaluation Form

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Student Resources

Athletic Training Professional Organizations


You may contact our program director:
Chad Starkey

We appreciate any questions or comments.