Program Description


The athletic training program at Ohio University promotes high practice standards by providing quality classroom and clinical education experiences. The Program promotes development of the athletic training profession through research and publications. In addition, the Program encourages student attendance at professional meetings and involvement with state, district, and national athletic training organizations.  The athletic training program was developed in 1972 and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

The academic program uses the health care model for developing athletic training student competence. Professional coursework provides students with the ability to combine their knowledge and skills and apply them to professional practice. The athletic training major is a four-year program. The first academic year is preathletic training, followed by three years of professional preparation. Upon graduation students are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.

Clinical education is an exciting part of the learning experience that allows students to be involved in patient care. Working with preceptors, students help provide supervised health care services to patients involved in Ohio University intercollegiate athletics, Ohio University club sports, local high schools sports, our performing arts medicine clinic, and a general population of clinic and hospital patients.

Semester-long internships completed during the senior year are tailored to meet students' career goals by allowing them to work and learn in the setting of their choice. Students may also participate in collaborative research projects with graduate students and faculty. Program graduates are eligible for national certification (ATC) by the Board of Certification (BOC) and state licensure. In Ohio, licensure (AT) is granted by the Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board

About Ohio University

In 1803, Ohio became a state and on February 18, 1804, the Ohio General Assembly passed an act establishing "The Ohio University." The University opened in 1808 with one building, three students, and one professor, Jacob Lindley. One of the first two graduates of the University, Thomas Ewing, later became a United States senator and distinguished himself as cabinet member or advisor to four presidents. Twenty-four years after its founding, in 1828, Ohio University conferred an A.B. degree on John Newton Templeton, its first black graduate and only the third black man to graduate from a college in the United States. In 1873, Margaret Boyd received her B.A. degree and became the first woman to graduate from the University. Soon after, the institution graduated its first international alumnus, Saki Taro Murayama of Japan, in 1895.