2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 12, 2024  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [Archived]

Doctorate in Athletic Training

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(57 credits)

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.  Indiana State University provides the first and only Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training 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 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.

Admission Requirements:

Admission Requirements

  1. At least a baccalaureate degree from a four-year accredited university
  2. Credentialed as a Certified Athletic Trainer by the Board of Certification or confirmation of eligibility to take the Board of Certification examination or credentialed as a Certified Athletic Therapist
  3. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 from most recent coursework (preferred)
  4. A combined Math and Verbal GRE score of 295 or greater (preferred)
  5. A resume that includes a comprehensive outline of student, volunteer, and professional work experiences and all honors and awards WITH a list of professional references
  6. A cover letter explaining the applicant’s reasons for interest in the DAT Program. The letter should specifically address the following questions:
    1. How are you currently leading others around you?
    2. How have you engaged with the profession in the past or present and how do you see yourself influencing the profession in the future?
  7. Personal interview

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