Doctor of Athletic Training
Enhance your clinical decision-making skills in the flexible, online Doctor of Athletic Training program in the College of Public Health. One of a handful of clinical DAT programs in the nation, it is the only one that is 100 percent online.
With the dedicated support of faculty mentors, you will learn to survey and interpret current literature to improve patient outcomes, and focus on practical application of your clinical knowledge. Temple’s Athletic Training doctoral program offers special distinction in advanced concussion education and evidence-based practice. Learn more about the Doctor of Athletic Training program goals.
Athletic Training doctoral candidates come from a richly varied set of personal and clinical backgrounds, races and ethnicities, which makes for robust discussions with diverse perspectives and worldviews.
This program is offered online with synchronous class discussions, chat rooms and video meetings, as well as asynchronous course activities. All DAT core classes meet online on Monday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. EST. This format allows collaboration and networking among students, faculty and guest speakers. Class formats include both six- and 15-week sessions; no trips to campus are required. Full-time study is encouraged, but part-time study might be possible.
Who should apply?
The program is aimed at currently certified athletic trainers who have master’s degrees. It is oriented toward those interested in the clinical application and education of advanced athletic training concepts and practice—not original research.
If you are a certified athletic trainer who wants to earn a master’s degree, learn about the Kinesiology MS with a Concentration in Athletic Training.
If you are interested in athletic training research, learn more about the Kinesiology PhD with a Concentration in Athletic Training.
In fall 2017, the Athletic Training program moved into a new, state-of-the-art clinical education lab in Pearson and McGonigle Halls. The new facilities contain ceiling-mounted live cameras that enhance clinical instruction, as well as expanded modalities that include a electrical stimulation, a hot/cold tub and ultrasound.
The lab doubles the program’s training space and simulate athletic training rooms graduates will encounter in the field, helping the program fully meet accreditation requirements.