Doctorate in Athletic Training



We have a rolling admissions process. We will schedule interviews within 1 week of receiving all application materials. For more information on the admissions process, please see our Admission Requirements

Academic Experience

The DAT program (57 credits) is delivered using a combination of online learning and intensive hands-on learning. Cohorts of up to 25 students engage in periods of both online and face-to-face faculty-student interactions to enhance knowledge, skills, and abilities. Campus requirements total approximately 12-15 days annually (4-5 days per semester). The program must be completed in 6 semesters (24 months) of continuous, full-time enrollment.  The points of distinction are threaded throughout the courses in the curriculum and have associated measurable outcomes linked to course assignments and activities.


The mission of the clinical Doctorate in Athletic Training (DAT) Program is to develop clinical scholars with knowledge, skills, leadership, and innovation needed for the delivery of advanced patient care and instruction of Athletic Training.  We are proud of our tradition of excellence and are dedicated to inclusiveness, community engagement, and creating an engaging, challenging, and supportive learning environment.  Our graduates will not only be advocates for patients and the profession of Athletic Training, but also productive citizens of the world.  (Revised 10.30.2017)

We achieve this mission through a curriculum rooted in our programmatic points of distinction.

Indiana State University’s Points of Distinction are:

  • Advocacy, Education, and Leadership – Students will demonstrate advocacy, educational, and leadership skills for the advancement of the profession.​
  • Integrative and Inclusive Health Care - Students will engage in a comprehensive, whole-body approach to the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of injuries and illnesses of the physically active. Students will also demonstrate inclusive, patient-centered care health care for all.
  • System-Level Outcomes and Improvement - Students will demonstrate the ability to measure and evaluate individual and systems-level clinical practice with the aim of contributing to the professional body of knowledge through practice-based research.


Indiana State University provides the first and only Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited DAT program in the nation.

Clinical Education

Professional clinical experiences are foundational to achieving our mission. Clinical education experiences are required for DAT learners, and can be facilitated through full-time athletic training employment, residential and non-residential graduate assistantships, or paid internships/fellowships. All students, regardless of employment status or location, are required to have Affiliation and Supervisor Agreements with Indiana State University.

Graduate Assistantships are available for those interested. Clinical placements are based on certification status, past experiences, areas of needed growth, and student preference (when possible). For information about graduate assistantships, please complete our Inquiry Form and someone will be in contact with you in 24-48 hours.


The DAT seeks to develop clinical scholars and life-long learners and meets that aim through the completion of research. Students in the DAT will complete a clinically relevant quality improvement project and produce a traditional research project before completion of the program.​


The DAT has graduated 126 students since May 2017.  Aggregate data suggest the program is meeting its outcomes. ISU DAT Programmatic Information and Outcomes can also be accessed through the CAATE website

Tuition and Fees

  • Students are responsible, by University policy, for tuition each semester.
  • Student fees are estimated based on current University costs and are subject to change.
  • Students should anticipate approximately a cost of $995-$1,210 per semester ($55-60 fee/credit, $350 program fee, and $50/course hybrid education fee x 3-4 courses= $150-200) in addition to the tuition.
  • Other expenses specific to the program include the individual costs of the on-campus face-to-face interactions (approximately $250 - $750 per semester for travel and lodging). 
  • Students must also purchase personal, professional liability insurance each year or must show proof of insurance through employment.

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Academic Fees

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Contact Us

Dr. Eberman, Program Director
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sycamore Center for Wellness and Applied Medicine
567 North 5th Street
Terre Haute, IN 47809
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