Professional Master’s in Athletic Training

Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who specialize in the prevention, evaluation, rehabilitation and management of injuries that result from physical activity, especially those involving the musculoskeletal system.

  • Indiana State University’s Professional Athletic Training program provides classroom and clinical experiences that prepare students for Athletic Training professional practice.
  • The program emphasizes the synthesis of knowledge and clinical skills to enable students to provide evidence-based patient-centered care.
  • As one of the oldest established programs in the country, Indiana State Athletic Training boasts one of the largest alumni networks in the country including the likes of National Athletic Trainers’ Association Presidents and Hall of Fame members, Journal of Athletic Training editors and section editors, renowned researchers, and celebrated clinicians.   

The Professional Athletic Training program is dedicated to preparing students for professional practice in Athletic Training through scholarly research, academic and clinical experiences, and community engagement. The Professional Athletic Training program supports excellence and develops productive citizens who function as skilled healthcare professionals. Coursework in the program emphasizes the synthesis of foundational knowledge and skill within each of the areas in Athletic Training as well as critical thinking and problem-solving skills associated with professional competence.

The Professional Master’s in Athletic Training prepares students in the following areas of Athletic Training:

  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Clinical Examination and Diagnosis
  • Acute Care of Injury and Illness
  • Therapeutic Interventions
  • Psychosocial Strategies and Referral
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Professional Development

Mission

  • The mission of the Professional Athletic Training Program at Indiana State University is to develop patient-centered Athletic Training practitioners with an emphasis in evidence-based, integrative care.  Athletic Training students gain professional experiences through the synthesis of didactic and clinical education, interprofessional education, community engagement, and scholarship.

Program Outcomes

Course Sequence

Application Procedures and Deadline

  • Applicants will complete an application through the Athletic Training Centralized Application System (ATCAS).

    • ​​Athletic Training Centralized Application SystemApplication materials submitted through ATCAS include:

      • Completion of pre-requisite coursework:
        • Human Anatomy and Physiology: 2 semester sequence or separate anatomy and physiology courses each with lab
        • General Chemistry: 1 semester with lab
        • Medical Terminology 
        • Fundamentals of Nutrition
        • Clinical Kinesiology 
        • Physiology of Exercise 
        • General Psychology
      • Professional resume, cover letter, and personal statement indicating rationale for becoming an athletic trainer
      • Verification of certification in CPR/AED
  • Applicants will submit official transcripts verifying completing of pre-requisites coursework, GRE scores, and signed technical standards waiver through the ATCAS portal.
  • Professional references will be submitted through the ATCAS portal, applicants will need to submit contact information (name, email address, phone number) of at least 3 professional references. 
  • Applicants of the Professional Athletic Training Program will complete the application for admission into the College of Graduate and Professional Studies prior to beginning coursework.
  • After review of application materials, students will complete an [electronic] interview with Department of Applied Medicine and Rehabilitation Academic and Clinical Faculty.
  • Early Application Deadline: February 15
  • Application Deadline: June 1​

Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education logo

The Professional Master’s in Athletic Training at Indiana State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  The program was granted accreditation through the degree level change from the Bachelor’s to Master’s degree level. The probation of the Bachelor’s level program remains in effect at the Master’s level as of February 19, 2016 by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.​ 

 

Clinical Education

  • Students in the clinical concentration will engage in immersive clinical experiences throughout the duration the program. Students are assigned to preceptors who supervise and direct clinical education at each of the affiliated clinical sites, both on and off campus. Clinical education hour expectations for Athletic Training students include:

    • Fall Semester (Year 1): Students are assigned to a semester long clinical experience at one clinical site with an average of 13-28 hours of clinical education per week; minimum of 200 hours per semester;
    • Spring Semester (Year 1): Students are assigned to a semester long clinical experience at one clinical site with an average of 13-28 hours of clinical education per week; minimum of 200 hours per semester;
    • Summer (Year 2): Students will complete knowledge and skill assessments, as well as participate in pre-season clinical experiences;
    • Fall Semester (Year 2): Students are assigned to a semester long clinical experience at one clinical site with an average of 20-32 hours of clinical education per week; minimum of 300 hours per semester;
    • Spring Semester (Year 2): Students are assigned to a semester long clinical experience at one clinical site with an average of 20-32 hours of clinical education per week; minimum of 300 hours per semester

BOC Exam Results 

  • The Professional Master’s in Athletic Training began Summer, 2016. The BOC Exam results will be available beginning in Spring, 2018.

​​Research

  • Students in the Professional Athletic Training program will be actively involved in scholarly research. Students will complete an independent research project of their choice. In addition, students are actively involved in research opportunities within the Department, having presented at the regional level and co-authored peer-reviewed publications:
    • Reynolds KA, Evanich JJ, Eberman LE. Reflective Blankets Do Not Effect Cooling Rates after Running in Hot, Humid Conditions. International Journal of Exercise Science 2015;8(1):11
    • Cates L, Demchak TJ. Low Level Laser Therapy Successfully Treated Wartenberg’s Migratory Sensory Neuritis. 47th Annual Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association Poster Presentation.
    • Spillman AC, Fagg B, Christopher M, Demchak TJ. Effectiveness of Take Home Low-Level Laser Therapy in Treating Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Case Study. 47th Annual Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association Poster Presentation.
    • Grindle M, Games KE, Eberman LE, Kahanov L, Caswell S. Appropriate Disinfection Techniques for Playing Surfaces to Prevent the Transmission of Bloodborne Pathogens. Intl J of Ath Therapy & Training. 2014;19(5):12
  • NICER Lab

    • The Neuromechanics, Interventions, and Continuing Education Research (NICER) 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.

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Athletic Trainers earn about $42,790 per year and the profession is among the 30 fastest growing occupations with an anticipated growth of 37% by 2018. Although athletic trainers will maintain their presence in the traditional sport settings (secondary schools, college/university, professional and recreation sports), more athletic trainers will be needed in hospitals, outpatient treatment facilities, and other settings providing substantial job opportunities upon graduation.