Major code BS8117
College of Health Sciences and Professions
Applied Health Sciences and Wellness, School of
Grover Center E160
Athens, OH 45701
Division of Athletic Training
Contact Person: Kristine Ensign,
The athletic training program at Ohio University promotes high practice standards by providing quality classroom and clinical education experiences. The Program promotes development of the athletic training profession through research and publications. In addition, the Program encourages student attendance at professional meetings and involvement with state, district, and national athletic training organizations. The athletic training program was developed in 1972 and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
The academic program uses the health care model for developing athletic training student competence. Professional coursework provides students with the ability to combine their knowledge and skills and apply them to professional practice. 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 preceptors, students help provide supervised health care services to patients involved in Ohio University intercollegiate athletics, Ohio University club sports, local high schools sports, our performing arts medicine clinic, and a general population of clinic and hospital patients.
Semester-long internships completed during the senior year are tailored to meet 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 (AT) is granted by the Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board.
Upon completion of the program:
- Students will be able to incorporate evidence-based practice concepts into patient care decisions.
- Students will be able to use critical thinking skills in conducting physical examinations, developing appropriate intervention plans, and making proper referrals when necessary.
- Students will be able to identify the challenges of providing AT services to a medically underserved population and execute strategies to overcome obstacles.
- Students will be able to integrate and synthesize knowledge from various subjects into a cohesive patient plan.
- Students will be able to demonstrate high professional standards and adhere to the AT profession code of ethics.
- Students will be able to communicate professionally with patients, parents, coaches, and other health care professionals.
Freshmen/First Year Admission
The undergraduate professional athletic training program is no longer admitting freshmen/first year students.
External Transfer Admission
The program may accept transfer students from other institutions. The decision is based on the applicant's academic performance, letters of recommendation, an on-campus interview, and current program standing.
- Apply to and be accepted by Ohio University.
- Complete and submit the Transfer Student Application by contacting the Program Director, which includes an essay and two letters of recommendation.
- Students must hold current Emergency Cardiac Care training for the professional rescuer prior to their first clinical experience.
- Documentation of a physician-administered physical examination and medial immunizations, test, and boosters.
- Submit syllabi for athletic training-related coursework completed to date to the College of Health Sciences and Professions Student Services Office if applying for transfer credit.
- Transfer students must meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) technical standards for the program.
Opportunities Upon Graduation
Ohio University athletic training alumni can be found throughout the country. Graduates are employed in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, hospitals, industrial settings, and with professional teams. The program also helps to prepare our graduates for advanced degrees in athletic training.