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Undergraduate Studies

Athletic Training

As an athletic trainer, you are a unique combination of educator and health care professional. Athletic trainers who work in schools spend most of their time on campus during workouts, practices and games. When you're not tending to athletes at the school, you might serve clinical hours at a hospital, physician's office or community facility.

Program highlights

  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education since 1992.
  • One of the largest athletic training programs in the country.
  • Exceptional diversity in clinical experience is our program's greatest strength, including opportunities in USC athletics, physical therapy clinics, orthopedic clinics, high schools, colleges and universities, youth sports, doctor's offices and hospitals.
  • Program graduates are working in high schools, colleges and clinics, for companies like NASCAR and Cirque Du Soleil, at military settings, and in communities worldwide.

Your course work

The course work for the athletic training program includes a very science-heavy curriculum of biology, anatomy, physiology, chemistry and exercise science. As you advance into your core requirements, you will learn about the evaluation and assessment of injuries to the lower and upper extremities, head, neck, spine, and abdomen. You will also take classes in nutrition, pharmacology, biomechanics, therapy and rehabilitation.

Once you have received your degree, you must pass the Board of Certification of the Athletic Trainer Exam and meet continuing education requirements. According to the National Athletic Trainer's Association, more than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master's degree. For more information about specific curriculum requirements, please visit the academic bulletin.