Athletic Training Graduate Program

Program Overview

Educational preparation of athletic trainers at Indiana dates back as far as 1949. Since then the athletic training program has continued to develop, initially under guidelines established by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), and presently under the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). This program is highly regarded by those seeking to earn an advanced degree in athletic training.

Indiana University's program is classified as a Post-Professional Graduate Degree Program, meaning that it is designed to provide advanced clinical practice, research and scholarship for individuals who are certified by the BOC. The Master of Science degree with specialization in Athletic Training may be earned through the Department of Kinesiology in the School of Public Health on the Bloomington campus. In addition to the post-professional degree, Indiana also offers a CAATE-accredited professional program in athletic training. Presently, that degree is at the Bachelor’s level, but it will be transitioning to a Master of Science degree in the summer of 2019. The transitioning of the professional program from a bachelor’s degree to a master’s degree will have little effect on the post-professional degree.

Indiana University’s Master of Science program includes a combination of classroom / laboratory, clinical and research experiences as part of the two-year, CAATE-accredited Post-Professional Athletic Training Education Program. Selection for admission is competitive and limited to seven or eight candidates per year. Admission to the program is predicated on BOC certification or eligibility for certification, as well as completion of a CAATE-accredited bachelor's degree in athletic training. Career goals, previous experiences in athletic training, and scholastic performance are considered during the selection and admission process.

The structure of the program provides the student with the unique opportunity to be exposed to different philosophies and techniques taught by a talented and experienced faculty and professional staff. The graduate assistant clinical assignments provide an array of experiences with positions in Intercollegiate Athletics, area high schools and middle schools, military medicine, and the performing arts (ballet, contemporary dance, and musicians). Research conducted in the Athletic Training Research Laboratory primarily focuses on two areas: 1) concussion, specifically utilizing blood biomarkers and the ocular-motor system examining the effects of repetitive subconcussive head impacts, and 2) the assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of lower extremity orthopedic pathologies, with emphasis on chronic ankle instability.

Program Mission

It is the mission of the Master of Science in Kinesiology with emphasis in Athletic Training to deliver a superior and progressive education in the art and science of athletic training. Completion of this degree program will provide athletic trainers with current evidence-based knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to deliver high-quality patient-centered healthcare and make them highly competitive for positions in a variety of athletic healthcare environments.

Program Vision

We aspire to provide advanced clinical skills and knowledge to athletic trainers to create scholarly practitioners and exemplary healthcare professionals.  We aim to deliver a dynamic graduate program partnering with Intercollegiate Athletics, local school corporations, university entities (e.g. performing arts, military), physicians, local healthcare providers, and community partners to elevate the quality of athletic and performing arts healthcare. 

Program Goals

  • Provide the athletic training practitioners with advanced clinical skills that will enhance their clinical decision-making skills and positively influence the healthcare needs of their client base.
  • Conduct, disseminate, and translate research to advance scholarly knowledge and evidence-based clinical practice.  
  • Create highly skilled practitioners who are adept in communicating and collaborating with a variety of healthcare professionals in diverse environments through inter-professional education and service.

Graduate Assistantships

Admission into the program is limited to 7-8 candidates per year and is predicated on certification by BOC or eligibility for certification, as well as admissibility to the Indiana University School of Public Health. We accept students on a rolling basis. Our application cycle opens in August each year. There are a number of applicants that apply each year. so those interested are encouraged to apply early in the application cycle.

All of those accepted into the Athletic Training program will be granted a graduate assistantship with stipend. There is no additional paperwork needed for the assistantships. The graduate assistant clinical assignments provide an array of experiences with positions in IU Intercollegiate Athletics, five area high schools and two middle schools, military medicine, and the performing arts (ballet, contemporary dance, and Jacobs School of Music). The financial package for all students accepted into the program with a graduate assistantship includes a partial waiver of the tuition/academic fees ($2900 / year), a monthly stipend totaling $11,550 / year, health insurance and professional liability insurance. This package is then repeated the second year.

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Career Opportunities

Certified Athletic Trainers can find employment opportunities in the following settings:

Secondary Schools

Public and private schools offer special job opportunities for athletic trainers. Athletic trainers in the high school setting may also teach in various academic subjects. The athletic trainers can be hired directly by the school or at times, they can be part of a sports medicine clinic outreach program providing healthcare to area schools.

Colleges and Universities

Institutions of higher education have historically been recognized places for employment for athletic trainers. The job responsibilities generally fall into two categories:

  • Athletic department staff assignment
  • Combination faculty / athletic trainer

Employment in this setting remains stable with little turnover. A majority of colleges and universities require a master's degree for employment.

Private or Hospital Based Clinics

Corporate and hospital-based physical therapy and sport medicine clinics employ the services of athletic trainers. The job responsibilities vary greatly depending upon the regulatory practice acts in their state. Positions often fall into two categories:

  • Full time clinic athletic trainer typically treating physically active individuals
  • Full time employee of the clinic, working half days in the clinic treating patients and the afternoons in a secondary school setting

This setting has been the predominant area for job availability for the past several years.

Corporate or Industrial Setting

Industrial athletic trainers work for major companies in the facility's health center usually located in the plant. Their job responsibilities involve site analysis, work hardening, fitness assessment, and screening plus the traditional athletic training tasks of evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of injury.

Professional Settings

An extremely small percentage of athletic trainers work in the professional sports arena. These positions have very little turnover.

Degree Requirements

Master of Science in Kinesiology
Emphasis in Athletic Training
44 credit hours with a minimum 3.0 GPA required for graduation

Tab Sheet

COURSE# COURSE TITLE CREDITS
Fall
A610 Introduction to Athletic Training Research 2
A581 Athletic Training Principles for the Spine 3
A587 Athletic Training Principles for Upper Extremities 3
X505 Principle and Foundations of Public Health 3
A695 Practicum 1
(12)
Spring
A610 Introduction to Athletic Training Research 2
A590 Athletic Training Principles for Lower Extremities 3
A583 General Medical Conditions in Athletic Training 1
A695 Practicum 1
(9)
Summer
A588 Anatomical Basis of Athletic Injuries 3
K599 Master's Thesis or (K695) 1
(4)
Fall
A611 Advanced Topics in Athletic Training Research 2
A585 Rehabilitation Principles and Techniques in AT I 3
K602 Master’s Thesis or (K695) 3
A695 Practicum 1
(9)
Spring
A611 Advanced Topics in Athletic Training Research 2
A584 Rehabilitation Principles and Techniques in AT II 3
A582 Current Topics in Athletic Training 3
A603 Practicum 1
K599 Master’s Thesis or (K695) 2
(10)

Admissions

Prerequisites for admission to the post-professional Athletic Training program:

  • Submission of all application materials to the School of Public Health-Bloomington and SOPHAS:
  • The link to submit your application (both the SOPHAS and IU Bloomington) is found here: Admissions: Graduate: Prospective Students.
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Admission to Indiana University and to the School of Public Health-Bloomington
  • NATA certification or having taken the exam by June before an anticipated fall admission.

Faculty

Program Director:
Dr. Carrie L. Docherty, PhD, LAT, ATC, FNATA
Phone: (812) 856-6035
E-mail: cdochert@indiana.edu
Bio Page: Carrie Docherty

Program Faculty:
Dr. Jackie Kingma, DPT, LAT, ATC, PT, PA
Phone: 812-855-1233
Email: jkingma@indiana.edu
Bio Page: Jackie J. Kingma

Dr. Keisuke Kawata, PhD, LAT, ATC
Phone: (812) 855-5244
Email: kkawata@indiana.edu
Bio Page: Keisuke Kawata 

Alyssa McPherson, MS, LAT, ATC
Phone: (812) 855-5597
Email: alymcphe@indiana.edu
Bio Page: Alyssa McPherson

Contact

For more information about admissions and application materials please contact: Dr. Jackie Kingma; jkingma@indiana.edu.