Doctorate of Athletic Training

The clinical Doctorate of Athletic Training is only open to currently certified athletic trainers. If you are interested in becoming an athletic trainer but you are not one yet, apply to our MS in Athletic Training program. If you are already a certified athletic trainer and are interested in conducting research, apply to our MS in Kinesiology Concentration in Athletic Training.

The online Doctorate of Athletic Training (DAT) in Temple’s College of Public Health is designed for currently certified athletic trainers who want to further develop their clinical decision-making skills through training in advanced concepts and practice. Our students learn to survey and interpret current research literature and gain experience using evidence-based techniques to improve patient outcomes. The program includes a special emphasis on concussion and mild traumatic brain injury education. Students also learn to collaborate effectively with interprofessional healthcare teams, develop leadership and professionalism skills, and explore the role of athletic training in a public health model.

The online DAT program prioritizes faculty mentorship and extensive student collaboration. You will interact with faculty members and peers in live online class sessions and a variety of web-based activities. Students in the DAT program come from a wide range of personal and clinical backgrounds, races and ethnicities, which enriches discussion and exposes you to diverse perspectives and experiences.

What sets apart our Doctorate of Athletic Training?

● Work with renowned faculty members

Temple has been a leader in athletic training education for more than 30 years, and our faculty are nationally recognized experts in concussion, evidence-based practice and shoulder injury.

● Take advantage of unparalleled flexibility

Temple’s DAT is one of the only programs of its kind in the nation, and is the only one that is offered 100 percent online—allowing practicing athletic trainers to balance coursework with personal and professional demands.

● Expand your career options

Students can earn the Teaching in Higher Education Certificate while completing the DAT program, preparing them for instructional roles in universities and colleges.

Online Program Format

This program is offered entirely online with a combination of synchronous components (web conference-based, live class discussions; chat rooms; and video meetings) and asynchronous components (discussion boards and other assignments that students complete on their own time). All DAT core classes meet online on Monday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. EST.  This format fosters collaboration and networking among students, faculty and guest speakers.

Students will complete the 36-credit program in two years, including summers. Class formats include both six- and 15-week sessions.

See a full list of program courses.

Student Organizations

You can engage with peers and find leadership opportunities in student-led clubs and organizations in the College of Public Health. Learn more about student clubs and organizations.

Academic Advising

The College of Public Health offers personalized advising services to students in each department. Doctoral students can seek program support from the program director:

Dr. Jamie Mansell
Director of Athletic Training Education

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Athletic training students working together in class

Tuition and Fees

The DAT program offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full or part time), in-state or out-of-state residency and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2017–2018 academic year.

Online tuition: $960.00 per credit


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