Ohio University

Professional Athletic Training

About the Program

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 (A.T.s) may be best known for providing healthcare services to high school, collegiate and professional athletes. However, A.T.s 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 A.T.s 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.

Ohio University's academic program uses the healthcare model for developing A.T. 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 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.

Semester-long internships completed during the senior year are tailored to meet your career goals by allowing you to work and learn in the setting of your choice. 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.

Technical Requirements

The Professional Athletic Training Program at Ohio University is rigorous and intense, with specific requirements and demands on enrolled students. We prepare graduates for a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The program's technical standards establish the essential qualities considered necessary for our students 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. If you are unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, you 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 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.

Program candidates for selection will be required to verify that they understand and meet these standards or that they believe they can meet the standards with certain accommodations.

The Office of Institutional Equity will evaluate those students who request accommodation to meet the program's technical standards to confirm that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws. The University will determine if 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.

Professional Athletic Training Policy and Procedure Manual (PDF)
Professional Athletic Training Curriculum Document (PDF)
Technical Standards Document (doc)
Communicable Disease Policy (doc)
Professional Athletic Training Program Flier (PDF)

If you are interested in performing arts medicine, you can pursue the Performing Arts Health and Wellness certificate.

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

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

Kristine Ensign, PhD, AT
740.593.9497
Grover Center E187


The Ohio University professional athletic training program has begun the process of transitioning to a graduate-level professional program. The final class of undergraduate students will be admitted during the 2017-2018 academic year. The athletic training faculty are currently developing the new graduate-level program and anticipate enrolling students starting in August 2019. Please contact the program director with any questions or if you would like additional details about the transition.