Master of Science in Athletic Training

The Master of Science in Athletic Training Program (MSAT) is designed to provide an environment conducive to the goals and missions of the college, as well as the Health and Sport Sciences Department.

The 3+2 MSAT (3 year Undergraduate and 2 year Graduate) combines a liberal arts education with professional clinical experiences necessary to qualify a student to sit for the Board of Certification examination. The clinical experiences will involve, but not be limited to, assignments from the collegiate, high school and clinical settings. The inclusiveness of these experiences is designed to help produce a well-rounded athletic trainer, one who is genuinely concerned about the health and well-being of many different types of physically active individuals.

Program Objectives

There are ten primary program objectives based on the 6th Educational Competencies from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). It is the objective of the entire athletic training faculty, staff, and preceptors to instill the importance of effective knowledge of the 10 Core Competency areas of athletic training education. All competencies and proficiencies of the MSAT are constructed with these 10 objectives and goals in mind:

Students will become competent in the following content areas:

  1. Patient-Centered Care
  2. Inter-professional Practice and Inter-professional Education
  3. Evidence-Based Practice
  4. Quality Improvement
  5. Health Care Informatics
  6. Professionalism
  7. Patient/Client Care Plans
  8. Examination, Diagnosis and Intervention Techniques
  9. Prevention, Health Promotion and Wellness
  10. Health Care Administration

It is also the aim of the athletic training staff to instill the importance of scholarship, leadership, service and personal growth throughout the entire educational process of the MSAT. The athletic training staff and support staff will strive to develop an educational experience that celebrates diversity and promotes a sense of collegiality among all members of the program. In addition, we will strive to cultivate the need for a life-long appreciation for continuing education and research in the vast changing arena of athletic training.

Admission Requirements

The Master of Science in Athletic Training program (MSAT) will have a competitive admission process. There are two primary options for admission into the MSAT professional program. First, students currently enrolled in the Allied Health, Pre-Athletic Training Concentration will formally apply for admission to this program at the end of their third undergraduate year at Otterbein. The second option is for students wishing to attend Otterbein after securing a bachelor’s degree at another institution. Students seeking this option will need to ensure that all pre-requisite and foundation courses have been taken.

All students must meet and complete the following items for admission consideration:

  1. A minimum of 3.00 GPA in all undergraduate work
  2. Completion of all pre‐requisite and foundational knowledge courses with a grade of “C” or higher (Included in Application packet link below)
  3. Required Prerequisite Courses (PDF)
  4. Letter of interest for completing the program
  5. A resume or curriculum vita
  6. Two letters of recommendation from persons knowledgeable of their academic and/or professional work from outside of the Otterbein Health & Sport Sciences Department (Included in Application packet link below)
  7. Completion of the formal application (Included in Application packet link below)
  8. Completion of the formal interview with the Selection Committee
  9. Proof of 50 athletic training observation hours
  10. Completion of the ATCAS application

Once all materials are submitted, both the athletic training program director along with the clinical education coordinator will determine which candidates will receive admission to the program.

Application and supplemental materials are due by April 15th of each year.

Athletic Training Program Application Packet > (PDF)

Program Information

Professional Associations

Program Requirements

Student Resources

Otterbein University Tuition Benefit

Ohio Health Associates enrolling as graduate students (up to 2 classes or 6 credit hours for graduate level coursework) will receive a scholarship reducing cost per credit hour to $500, or $1,500 per 3 credit course. Scholarship is valid for one graduate degree. Graduate Nursing degree(s) not included in this Scholarship.

Scholarship opportunities

Students wishing to apply for program specific awards will be notified of this process at the beginning of the spring semester. Students will be required to complete an application process for these awards. The awards committee in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences will determine the winners of these awards.

Col. Joseph E. Pizzi Endowed Scholarship > (PDF)

Difference between a Certified Athletic Trainer > (PDF)

Meet the MSAT Faculty/Staff

Dr. Joan Rocks
Athletic Training Program Director

Dr. Shelley Payne
Associate Professor

Danielle Kilboy
Interim Head Athletic Trainer

Aaron Datillo
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Amanda Lusky
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Joe Wilkins
Clinical Education Coordinator

Angelo Lamatrice
Physical Therapist  614-823-3507

Morgan McCool
Graduate Assistant

Megan Imwalle
Graduate Assistant