United States Athletic Training Doctoral (DAT) Programs
The Doctorate in Athletic Training, or DAT, is designed for athletic trainers who are elite working professionals striving to cultivate advanced levels of expertise and leadership in athletic training and sports medicine. Graduates develop into academic and clinical leaders who help shape the future of athletic training in clinical and academic settings. Many programs offer a combined work setting while progressing through the curriculum where students receive a powerful educational, research-based and clinical benefit.
What To Do With a DAT
Doctors of Athletic Training are expert administrators, clinicians and educators developing, analyzing and implementing concrete solutions in athletic training. They advance their expertise in orthopedic rehabilitation, sports medicine, clinical decision-making and professional leadership. These professionals play a key role in enhancing the delivery of athletic healthcare and improving health outcomes for physically active individuals and communities.
Some concentrations a graduate student might study include;
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
- Clinical Decision Making
- Applied Research and Leadership
- Sports Medicine
With a degree in athletic training, graduates might pursue:
- Advanced clinical decision-making in the practice of athletic training
- Research within athletic healthcare delivery systems focused on improving patient care
- Assessment of the relative effectiveness and safety of athletic healthcare delivery systems
- Conducting practice-based research in athletic healthcare to widen the body of evidence
- Using technology and information to manage knowledge, improve the quality of patient care, support clinical decision-making, and mitigate error
- Gain more comprehensive knowledge and filling knowledge gaps within other athletic training professional educational competencies
- Leadership: ideal for the busy athletic training professional who is ready to learn and lead
Find 10 DAT Programs
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A.T. Still University of Health Sciences
Among the first programs of its kind, A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Doctor of Athletic Training (DAT) degree develops clinical and academic leaders who advance the athletic training profession. Doctors of Athletic Training serve as expert clin...
- Pittsburgh, PAPittsburgh, PA
University of Pittsburgh
The M.S. program is a two-year intensive program focusing on enhancing the knowledge base in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries and illnesses. Students are provided with laboratory experiences in the Neuromuscular Researc...
- Marietta, GAMarietta, GA
Master of Athletic Training (MAT) degree at Life University is housed in the Department of Sport Health Science. This is a two-year, 76 quarter-hour, entry-level or professional curriculum.
- Iowa City, IAIowa City, IA
University of Iowa
The Health and Sport Studies Graduate Program is known for its multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary curricula and its distinguished faculty scholars in sport and physical activity. The department offers both the Masters of Arts (MA) and the Doctor of...
- Knoxville, TNKnoxville, TN
University of Tennessee
The Exercise Science program is dedicated to promoting and integrating scientific research and education on the health benefits of exercise. Through a program of interdisciplinary graduate study, using both experimental and epidemiological methods, s...
- Terre Haute, INTerre Haute, IN
Indiana State University
Indiana State University’s post-professional graduate athletic training program is designed to develop scholarly clinicians through advanced classroom instruction, a professional experience, and in-depth research exposure. Graduates of the two-...
- Gainesville, FLGainesville, FL
The University of Florida
The mission of the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology is to study the anatomical, physiological, and psychological consequences to human movement and their relation to health and disease. We seek to advance, apply and disseminate relevant...
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Athletic trainers who are currently in higher education, or wish to purse a teaching role will find it helpful to study topics uniquely challenging to educators.