News in MSAT – Fall 2023

Posted Sep 27, 2023

Hello everyone!  

I am excited to write you for the first time as the program director for our new Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) Program. Otterbein transitioned out of our bachelor of science in athletic training this past spring by graduating our final class of undergraduates. After 12 years of an internship-based program followed by 24 years of a nationally accredited program, we made the bittersweet move to the new MSAT entry-level requirement.  

This transition gave us the opportunity to revamp our curriculum and clinical leaning experiences. In doing so, we focused on infusing biomechanical analysis into all of the assessment processes with a focus on the biomechanics of running, walking, and throwing. This objective is aided by a state-of-the-art, 10-camera, motion-capture system housed in a new lab at The Point. Students have access to this space 24/7 and are currently engaging with their faculty on some very exciting research projects. We will share more news with you soon on the outcomes of these projects! 

The philosophy of our program has not changed in that we strive to build quality entry-level professional athletic trainers who are focused on self-directed and lifelong learning — professionals who also culturally competent and willing to serve to enhance their profession and society for the common good.  

The latter will mainly be accomplished through the Coalition for the Common Good — a higher education system Otterbein has founded with Antioch University. This system of private, independent nonprofit colleges and universities is aligned around the shared mission of educating students to advance their careers and preparing learners to further social and racial justice, democracy, and the common good. 

As we transition our graduate programs to the Coalition where we will continue to grow our programs, there have been, understandably, many questions about what this all means.

I am more than happy to answer any questions you might have regarding the new Coalition partnership. My contact information is or (614) 823-3505.  

Stay well and Go CARDS! 

Joan Rocks, Ph.D., ATC, LAT 

Program Director, Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) Program