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Doctor of Athletic Training (DAT)

The online Clinical Doctorate in Athletic Training program is designed for currently practicing certified athletic trainers. With the dedicated support of faculty mentors, you will enhance clinical decision-making skills and learn to utilize evidence-based techniques, including surveying and interpreting current literature, in order to improve patient outcomes. The program focuses on practical application of clinical knowledge and trains students to build the interprofessional relationships that are key to healthcare delivery.

To learn more about the Clinical Doctorate in Athletic Training, visit temple.edu.

Admissions Information

To apply, you must be a certified athletic trainer and have a master’s degree in a related discipline. 

Application Components

  1. Application: Students must apply through the SOPHAS Centralized Application Service. The documents listed below will all be submitted through SOPHAS.
  2. Recommendations: Submit three letters of recommendation from evaluators who can speak to your academic potential for graduate study. Recommenders may be college or university faculty members or a direct supervisor from work.
  3. Goals Statement: Submit a thoughtful, clear statement of goals consisting of one to two pages.
  4. Official GRE score is required. Official scores should be sent directly to SOPHAS using code 0151. This requirement is waived if you have been practicing as a certified athletic trainer for five years or more.
  5. A current résumé or CV is required.
  6. Transcripts: Submit official transcripts from all the undergraduate and graduate institutions you’ve attended. Please mail all of your official transcripts to:
    • SOPHAS Transcript Processing Center
    • PO Box 9111
    • Watertown, MA 02471
  7. Additional Information: Submit a copy of your Board of Certification card 
  8. Interview: Once all of the required application materials are received, students may be invited to participate in an interview. 

Additional Requirements for International Students

  • TOEFL: For applicants whose native language is not English, the TOEFL is required with a minimum score of 79 on the iBT. These scores should be sent officially to SOPHAS using the SOPHAS-specific TOEFL code of: 5688.
  • A WES evaluation (www.wes.org) is required for applicants who completed their degree outside of the United States. This can be requested and submitted through SOPHAS.

Application Deadline

Fall term: August 1

State AuthorizatioN Information

Temple University is a participant in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) developed by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). As such, Temple University is permitted to engage in all activities covered by SARA in states that are members of SARA. Temple University is committed to ensuring that it follows the laws and regulations of any state or territory in which it may operate, and will take whatever steps necessary to gain approval from regulators if it engages in activities not covered by SARA.

Upon successful completion of the Post Professional Athletic Training degree, students will be able to:

  • SLO 1: Search and appraise current athletic training literature to enhance patient outcomes.
  • SLO 2: Explain and justify evidence-based decision-making and its practical applications.
  • SLO 3: Devise a plan to highlight leadership and professionalism skills in clinical practice.
  • SLO 4: Collaborate effectively with an interdisciplinary healthcare team.
  • SLO 5: Distinguish the role of athletic training in a public health model.

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