Ohio University

Athletic Training Program

Professional Athletic Training Program

Professional Athletic Training Program

About the Program

Since 1972, Ohio University has been on the forefront of athletic training education. We are excited to continue this history with our new professional Master of Science in Athletic Training starting Fall 2019. Ohio University's new professional athletic training program will provide students the ability to combine their knowledge and skills learned in the classroom with the experiences they gain at a variety of clinical sites. The athletic training master's program is a two-year program. Upon graduation students are awarded a Master's of Science in Athletic Training. View program flyer here (PDF). 

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Athletic training is a healthcare 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 healthcare 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 ATs to use their knowledge and skills to return a patient to activity. If you are considering a career in healthcare and enjoy working with a physically active population, athletic training could be the career for you.

Clinical education is an exciting part of the learning experience that allows students to be involved in patient care. Working with preceptors, students help provide supervised healthcare 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.

During the second year, students will complete an immersive experience that is at least 8 weeks long. You 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.

Professional MSAT Curriculum Model (pdf)

What experience do I need to qualify?

At Ohio University we recommend the B.S. in Exercise Physiology degree for pursuing the professional M.S. in Athletic Training. Applications requirements include a GPA above 3.0 is preferred. A sample four-year curriculum using B.S. in Exercise Physiology can be seen below:

B.S. in Exercise Physiology Curriculum (PDF)

Students applying from outside of Ohio University can pursue degrees that will help them complete the required pre-requisites of the program.

Students interested in pursuing a master's of science in athletic training are encouraged to register for the pre-AT learning community when signing up for learning communities. This will be a great opportunity to interact with athletic training faculty and learn about pursuing athletic training at the master's level while also learning skills on how to be successful in college."

 Professional Program Outcomes Data

Technical Standards Document (opens in a new window) (pdf)

Communicable Disease Policy (opens in a new window) (doc)

2019-2020 Policy and Procedures Manual 

Athletic Training Professional Organizations

National Athletic Trainers Association
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer
Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers Board

Other Information about Ohio University

For more information about the professional athletic training program, please contact:

Kristine Ensign, PhD, AT
Grover Center E189