Post Professional Athletic Training Program
The mission of the Post-Professional Athletic Training Program is to promote effective clinical decision making skills that will enhance the quality of healthcare provided to the patient throughout their life span. Advanced practice clinicians will be prepared as education leaders in their professional field with the skills, attitudes, and abilities that will promote commitment to teaching, learning, and scholarship. With these advanced skills, graduates of the program will "enrich the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation and world".
The goals of the Masters of Science in Athletic Training degree is to be on the forefront of athletic training research and educational leadership; as well as, promote its core competencies which include evidence-based practice, patient-centered care, healthcare informatics, quality improvement, professionalism, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice.
Old Dominion's Post-Professional Athletic Training Program received initial National Athletic Trainer's Association recognition as an approved graduate curriculum in 1980 and is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Our application deadline is January 1st, however early application is strongly encouraged. Applicants may apply after the initial deadline as the admission process is ongoing.
To be admitted as a graduate student at Old Dominion University, the student must have:
● Bachelor's degree from an accredited four year college or university
● The Board of Certification (BOC) credential as an athletic trainer OR have graduated from a CAATE accredited professional athletic training program and are eligible to take the BOC exam
● A 3.0 overall grade point average in undergraduate work
● A 3.0 grade point average in all science/athletic training prerequisite course work
● GRE score of 291 or higher (verbal and quantitative sections). A student will be required to take the GRE at least twice if the minimal score is not attained.
● Three letters of recommendation (from former faculty or employers)
● A two-page statement of career goals
● Current copy of resume
● Transcripts from all prior institutions
All application materials must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions: http://www.odu.edu/admission/graduate
Applicants who do not meet these general academic standards may be admitted into the program on a provisional basis and may earn regular status by achieving a B (3.0) average after 12 hours of graduate work.
Admission as a graduate student at Old Dominion University does not imply acceptance into the Post-Professional Athletic Training Program.
Acceptance into the program requires a separate process. The application deadline is January 1st, however applications will be reviewed as soon as they are complete. Interviews are required and scheduled through invitation from the program.
For more information contact:
Bonnie Van Lunen, PhD, ATC, FNATA
103 Health Sciences Annex
Norfolk, VA 23529
The suggested program of study consists of coursework related to the expertise of the faculty, requirements for accreditation, and contemporary trends in athletic training. Students may choose to either complete a research experience or a thesis track. The research experience sample program is located below.
|Fall l||Credits||Category||Fall ll||Credits||Category|
|HLSC 722: Policy and Politics of Health
||3||Core||AT 691: Gross Anatomy for Sports Medicine Clinicians
|AT 650: Intergration of Evidence for Clinical Decision Making in Sports Medicine||3||Research||AT 655: Supervised Teaching Internship||2||Core|
|AT 623: Athletic Training Practicum l||1||Clinical||AT 643: Athletic Training Practicum lll||1||Clinical|
|AT 657-Lower Extremity Injury Management Strategies||3||Core||AT 671: Athletic Training Reseach ll||2||Research|
|Total Semester Credits 10|
|Spring l||Credits||Category||Spring ll||Credits
|AT 651: Statistical Techniques for Clinical Decision Making in Sports Medicine
||3||Research||AT 626: Advanced Orthopaedic Evaluation and Rehabilitation
|AT 756: Education in Athletic Training||4||Core||AT 628: The Spine-Evaluation and Rehabilitation
|AT 633: Athletic Practicum ll||1||Clinical||AT 672: Athletic Training Research lll||3||Research|
|AT 618: Current Research in Athletic Training||1||Core||AT 653: Athletic Practicum IV||1||Clinical|
|AT 670: Athletic Training Research l||1||Research||AT 629: Interdisciplinary Healthcare Within Athletic Training Clinical Practice||2||Core|
|Total Semester Credits 10||Total Semester Credits 12|
|Total Program Credits 41|
Advanced Clinical Practice Opportunities
The Post-Professional Athletic Training Program offers a range of advanced clinical practice opportunities in the form of Graduate Assistantships at local colleges and high schools; as well as, Interprofessional Education experiences in conjunction with local physicians and other healthcare professionals. Information regarding Graduate Assistantships and Interprofessional Education opportunities is described below.
All assistantships presently include stipends ranging from $12,000 - $21,500. This stipend will be awarded each of the two years while enrolled in the program provided the graduate student remains in good academic standing.
Students are selected by the Post-Professional Athletic Training Screening Committee to fill specific assistantship positions based on the student's qualifications and desires. Applicants chosen for each position will fulfill the CAATE clinical experience requirements at the graduate level by virtue of his/her clinical responsibilities. Specific responsibilities and duties are outlined by the high school, college, or university athletic training staff at each clinical site.
- Graduate Assistantship at Old Dominion University
● This assistantship involves a clinical assignment as an athletic trainer in an athletic training facility at Old Dominion University. Generally there are two to three positions available. These positions are associated with some tuition assistance and a $12,000 stipend.
- Graduate Assistantship at an Affiliated Clinical Site
● This assistantship involves the clinical assignment as an athletic trainer to a local college or high school. A list of the possible clinical positions is provided.
|High Schools (4)||Division l College (6)||Division lll College (5)|
|Booker T. Washington High School||Norfolk State University (4)||Virginia Wesleyan College (2)|
|Lake Taylor High School||The College of William and Mary (2)
||Christopher Newport University (3)|
|Granby High School
|Norview High School|
NOTE: Students selected to these positions should expect to provide their own transportation to and from their clinical assignment.
Graduate Assistantship Eligibility
After full evaluation of the student's credentials only those students admitted to the Post-Professional Athletic Training Program at Old Dominion University on a regular or provisional status are eligible for appointment to an athletic training graduate assistantship position. Clinical assignments may change for the student's 2nd year if requested.
Graduate Assistantship Termination
A graduate assistantship normally ends when the period of agreement is concluded and the terms of the assistantship agreement are fulfilled. Otherwise, a graduate assistantship may be terminated for the following reasons:
- Resignation by the student
2. Failure of the student to perform his/her assigned duties adequately
3. Failure of the student to remain in good academic and clinical standing in accordance with graduate continuance regulations.
4. Expiration of the grant or contract that funds the student's stipend.
5. Failure of the student to obtain the BOC credential in year one.
6. Failure of the student to maintain Virginia Licensure as an Athletic Trainer.
Bonnie L. Van Lunen, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Dr. Bonnie Van Lunen serves as the Director of the CAATE accredited Post-Professional Athletic Training Program, and is the Chair of the School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at Old Dominion University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education, with a specialization in Athletic Training from Castleton State College in 1990, and her Master of Education degree in Athletic Training from the University of Virginia in 1991. In addition, she received her Ph.D. in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia in 1998. Her primary research area of interest is in within outcomes related to competency development and implementation. Dr. Van Lunen has served in various capacities on committees for the NATA and the CAATE throughout her career. She serves on numerous editorial boards, and publishes frequently in athletic training and sports medicine journals and is an NATA Fellow. She was awarded the NATA Distinguished Educator Award in 2014, and the NATA Service in 2012. She resides in the Outer Banks of North Carolina with her husband John, daughter Alivian, and sons Brady and Cameron.
Director of Clinical Education
Johanna M. Hoch, PhD, ATC
Dr. Johanna Hoch serves as an Assistant Professor in the Post-Professional Athletic Training Program in the School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at Old Dominion University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training in 2006 from Ohio Northern University and her Masters of Science degree in Athletic Training from Ohio University in 2008. In addition, she received her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Kentucky in 2012. Her primary area of research interest is lower extremity joint injury evaluation, rehabilitation, and prevention. Specifically, Dr. Hoch has focused on novel evaluative techniques for concomitant injuries associated with ACL injury and patient-centered care related to ACL injury and subsequent reconstruction. Dr. Hoch publishes frequently in athletic training and sports medicine journals and presents regularly at local, state, and national conferences. She resides in Chesapeake, Virginia with her husband Matthew and daughter Margaret.
Director of Athletic Training Research
Matthew C. Hoch, PhD, ATC
Dr. Matthew Hoch serves as an Assistant Professor in the Post-Professional Athletic Training Program in the School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at Old Dominion University. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training in 2006 from East Stroudsburg University and his Masters of Science degree in Athletic Training from Ohio University in 2008. In addition, he received his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Kentucky in 2011. His primary research area of interest is lower extremity joint injury evaluation, rehabilitation, and prevention. Specifically, Dr. Hoch has focused on novel intervention strategies, sensorimotor system function, and patient-centered care related to chronic ankle instability. Dr. Hoch serves on several editorial boards, and publishes frequently in athletic training and sports medicine journals. He resides in Chesapeake, Virginia with his wife Johanna and daughter Margaret.