2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 21, 2024  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [Archived]

Applied Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Master of Science–Athletic Training
Master of Science–Occupational Therapy
Master of Science–Physician Assistant Studies

Doctorate of Athletic Training – Athletic Training
Doctorate of Physical Therapy – Physical Therapy

Department of Applied Medicine and Rehabilitation
Sycamore Wellness and Applied Medicine Center, RM 265
Phone: 812-237-8232
Fax: 812-237-4368
Web site: http://web.indstate.edu/health/department/amr

Department Chairperson: John Henry Pommier, Ph.D., CTRS

The Department of Applied Medicine and Rehabilitation offers five professional allied health care programs: Occupational Therapy Program (OT), Physician Assistant Program (M.S.), Physical Therapy Program (D.P.T.), Post-Professional Athletic Training Education Program (M.S.), and Post-Professional Athletic Training Education Program (D.A.T.).


The Department of Applied Medicine and Rehabilitation is located in the College of Health and Human Services and is housed in the Sycamore Center for Wellness and Applied Medicine. The Department includes the Indiana State University Athletic Training Services, Indiana State University Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation Clinic, Clinical Instructional Laboratory, Instructional examination rooms, Applied Medicine Research Center, Physical Therapy Laboratory, and Occupational Therapy Laboratories. In addition, the Simulation Center and the Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, and Motor Learning Laboratories support the graduate curricula and research.


The department’s programs are designed to develop students into scholarly clinicians who value interprofessional practice. In order to accomplish this, students take courses that increase their depth of knowledge in athletic training, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies and physical therapy through lecture, laboratory, interprofessional activities and discussion. All students have to complete a research experience either through a master’s thesis or graduate research project.


The clinical Doctorate in Athletic Training (DAT) program is for a credentialed althletic 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.  Indiana State University provides the first and only Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Education (CAATE) accredited DAT 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 mission of the clinial 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 professional Athletic Training, but also productive citizens of the world.


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.



The purpose of the Occupational Therapy Master of Science program is to prepare students for a career as an occupational therapist. The global objectives of the Occupational Therapy program are as follows:

  • Utilize critical thinking with the knowledge derived from the biological, behavioral, and clinical sciences for clinical decision-making.
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior consistent with professional and legal standards.
  • Provide guidance and interventions to enhance or enable participation in roles in home, school, workplace, and community settings and to promote wellness.
  • Provide safe and effective standards of care for a diverse client population.
  • Communicate effectively with clients, families, colleagues, other health care workers, and the general public orally and in writing.
  • Plan and execute research, disseminate research findings, and critically evaluate the professional literature to promote evidence-based practice.
  • Demonstrate continuing personal and professional growth to maintain professional competence, advance career development, and contribute to the development of the profession.
  • Analyze trends in health care and advocate for community-based initiatives related to health and well-being.



Graduates of the Physician Assistant Program will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Apply the principles of evidence-based medicine and critical thinking in clinical decision making
  • Practice compassionate primary care medicine
  • Communicate effectively with patients and families
  • Partner with supervising physicians and other professional colleagues
  • Utilize practice and system-based analysis to ensure patient safety
  • Practice in a cost-effective and socially responsible manner
  • Commit to high ethical standards responsive to the needs of the profession, the individual, and society.


(100 credits)

The purpose of the doctor of physical therapy degree is to educate competent health care providers who are skillfully able to effectively examine, evaluate, diagnose, and provide appropriate interventions for clients with primary, secondary, and tertiary physical impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities across the lifespan. The physical therapist has in-depth knowledge of cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, integumentary and neuromuscular disorders. Physical therapists function as point-of-entry providers of physical rehabilitation and rehabilitation services. Students are accepted into a full-time cohort model once a year starting with the first summer term. Students enroll in courses in a predetermined sequence as outlined in the program of study which can be found on the program website at: http://www.indstate.edu/health/program/dpt. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program requires 100 post-baccalaureate graduate credit hours. The core of the clinical hours are spent with physical therapy preceptors providing supervised client care for a total of 18 credit hours. The didactic and theory credit includes laboratory time, service learning, practice hours using patient simulation/volunteers and independent research culminating in a scholarly project.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Academic advisors are also available at Indiana State University to consult about undergraduate prerequisites. Official transcript evaluation is not conducted until a student has applied to the program.


Students must meet the general entrance requirements of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies in addition to a separate program admission application for each individual program below.

Admission requirements for the five graduate programs offered at Indiana State University are listed below:


Admissions requirements for the Athletic Training Post-Professional (D.A.T.) program are listed on the program’s website: http://www.indstate.edu/health/dat-admission-requirements


The Occupational Therapy Program at Indiana State University is accredited at the Masters Entry Level by the Accreditation Council on Occupational Therapy Education.  For more information regarding accreditation and accreditation status you may contact The Accreditation Council on Occupational Therapy Education:

c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449

http://www.aota.org/Education-Careers/Accreditation.aspx or by one of the following :
phone: 301-652-2682; TDD 800-377-8555; Fax 301-652-7711.

Admissions requirements for the Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy program are listed on the programs wesite:  http://indstate.edu/amr/occupational-therapy/


Admissions requirements for the Physician Assistant program are listed on the program’s website: http://www.indstate.edu/amr/physician-assistant/


Admissions requirements for the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program are listed on the program’s website: http://www.indstate.edu/amr/physical-therapy/

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