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Doctorate in Athletic Training

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Frequently Asked Questions

Academic Experience

Indiana State University provides the first and only CAATE accredited Doctorate in Athletic Training (DAT) (57 credits) program in the nation. The program is delivered using a combination of online learning and intensive hands-on learning. Cohorts of up to 25 students engage in periods of both online and face-to-face faculty-student interactions to enhance knowledge, skills, and abilities. Campus requirements total approximately 12-15 days annually (4-5 days per semester). The program must be completed in 6 semesters (24 months) of continuous, full-time enrollment.  

The points of distinction are threaded throughout the courses in the curriculum and have associated measurable outcomes linked to course assignments and activities.

Indiana State University’s Points of Distinction are:

  1. Advocacy, Education, and Leadership – Students will demonstrate advocacy, educational, and leadership skills for the advancement of the profession.​
  2. Integrative Health Care – Students will engage in a comprehensive, whole-body approach to the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of injuries and illnesses of the physically active.​
  3. Clinical and Patient Outcomes – Students will demonstrate the ability to measure and evaluate individual and systems level clinical practice with the aim of contributing to the professional body of knowledge.

Mission

The mission of the clinical Doctorate in Athletic Training (DAT) Program is to develop clinical scholars with knowledge, skills, leadership, and innovation needed for the delivery of advanced patient care and instruction of Athletic Training.  We are proud of our tradition of excellence and are dedicated to inclusiveness, community engagement, and creating an engaging, challenging, and supportive learning environment.  Our graduates will not only be advocates for patients and the profession of Athletic Training, but also productive citizens of the world.  (Revised 10.30.2017)

Our program helps students synthesize evidence and advance their clinical practice with a holistic approach to patient care. An integrative model of healthcare helps our students assimilate information about prevention, diagnosis, intervention, and administration to help their patients’ progress from initial screening through return to participation.

Although students develop skills for teaching in the classroom, our focus is to develop skilled and effective clinical mentors and practice leaders for the Profession. While serving as a role model, our students will utilize effective teaching techniques to guide patients, peers, collaborators and supervisors toward healthcare delivery that is evidence-based and interprofessional.

Our responsibility to the Profession is to measure our practice performance through outcomes assessment and quality improvement. Our graduates will be able to respond to clinical challenges facing Athletic Training through their preparation and training. In this endeavor, our program contributes to the advancement of our Profession, not only through the production of scholarship but also through the cultivation of life-long learners.

Accreditation

  • The clinical Doctorate in Athletic Training (DAT) Program is for a credentialed athletic trainer who seeks advanced coursework and applied research. Alumni of the program will become clinical scholars with advanced knowledge and skills needed for the delivery of patient care at the highest levels. Individuals with a clinical doctorate would be expected to provide leadership and innovation in the advanced practice and instruction of Athletic Training.  The Post-Professional DAT is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Clinical Education

  • Professional clinical experiences are an integral part of Post-Professional athletic training education. All students engage in mentored clinical practice, regardless of geographic location, with guidance from experienced athletic trainers and faculty.  All students, regardless of employment status are required to have affiliation agreements with Indiana State University, including Supervisor Agreements. 
  • Clinical education experiences can be facilitated through residential and non-residential graduate assistantships, paid internships/fellowships, or traditional employment. 

Graduate Assistantships

  • DAT students may apply for residential and non-residential graduate assistantships in a variety of clinical settings.  Clinical placements are based on certification status, past experiences, areas of needed growth, and student preference (when possible). Assistantships provide financial aid including tuition waivers (9 credits for Fall and Spring semesters) and a $11,640 stipend. Students granted assistantships are also offered teaching assistantship experience, if desired. To apply for the assistantships, please complete the Admissions Process by December 15.  
  • All assistantship positions are for 1 year, are renewable, and are most often a 2-year placement.  Renewal of the graduate assistantship is dependent upon academic eligibility, certification status, and professional conduct.
  • Graduate Assistantship Options

Research

  • Students enrolled in the DAT will be required to complete clinical outcomes research and produce a research project before completion of the program. Residential students can also engage in further research opportunities with the faculty. 
  • NICER Lab
    • The Neuromechanics, Interventions, and Continuing Education Research Lab is a part of the Applied Medicine and Research Center. The NICER Lab facilitates collaborative undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine.
  • Recent Projects

Assessment

The DAT has graduated the inaugural class (Class of 2017).  The program does not have 3 years of aggregate data for program outcomes.  However, data from the Class of 2017 are reported.
The former Post-Professional MS in Athletic Training has demonstrated positive program outcomes .

Application Deadline

  • Assistantship Deadline: December 15
  • Priority Admission Deadline: February 15     ​​
    Applications received after the deadline will be evaluated on a space available basis.

Admission

  • Admission Requirements
  • We recommend all students in the candidacy phase of certification attempt the Board of Certification Examination as early as the February testing window.

Tuition and Fees

  • Students are responsible, by University policy, for fees each semester. The fee is intended to cover the cost of program expenses.
  • Student fees are estimated based on current University costs and are subject to change.
  • Students should anticipate approximately a cost of $895-$1,110 per semester ($55-60 fee/credit, $250 program fee, and $50/course hybrid education fee x 3-4 courses= $150-200).
  • Other expenses specific to the program include the individual costs of the on-campus face-to-face interactions (approximately $1,000-3,000 per year for travel and lodging). 
  • Students must also purchase personal, professional liability insurance each year or must show proof of insurance through employment.

Want more information?

  • Contact Dr. Eberman, Program Director, with any questions