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 at the Bachelor’s level.

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 Program. Selection for admission is competitive and limited to seven 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, military medicine, and the performing arts (ballet and contemporary dance). Research conducted in the Athletic Training Research Laboratory primarily focuses on the assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of lower extremity orthopedic pathologies.

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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

Required Courses Title Credits
T590 Introduction to Research in HPER 3
A610 Introduction to Athletic Training Research 2
A581 Athletic Training Principles for the Spine 3
A587 Athletic Training Principles for Upper Extremities 3
A603 Practicum 2
T591 Interpretation of Data in HPER 3
A610 Introduction to Athletic Training Research 2
A590 Athletic Training Priciples for Lower Extremities 3
Elective 3
A603 Practicum 2
A611 Advanced Topics in Athletic Training Research 2
A585 Rehabilitation and Conditioning of Athletes 3
A603 Practicum 2
K602 Independent Study & Research 3
A611 Advanced Topics in Athletic Training Research 2
A584 Administration of Athletic Training 3
A582 Current Topics in Athletic Training 3
A603 Practicum 2
K602 Independent Study & Research 2
A588 Anatomical Basis of Athletic Injuries 3


Prerequisite for admission to the postgraduate Athletic Training program:

  1. Submission of all application materials to the School of Public Health-Bloomington.
  2. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  3. Admission to Indiana University and to the School of Public Health-Bloomington
  4. NATA certification or having taken the exam by June before an anticipated fall admission.


For more information about admissions and application materials please contact:

Program Director:
Dr. Carrie L. Docherty, ATC, LAT, FNATA
Phone: (812) 856-6035
Bio Page: Carrie Docherty

Program Faculty:
Dr. Jackie Kingma, DPT, AT, PT, PA
Phone: 812-855-1233
Bio Page: Jackie J. Kingma

Dr. John W. Schrader, HSD, ATC, LAT
Phone:( 812) 856-4905
Bio Page: John Schrader