As part of the Athletic Training program, you will have access to a wide variety of
clinical experiences and faculty specialties. Our faculty research is broad as well
as deep, covering topics from hydration and nutrition to concussion prevention and
treatment, and our partnerships with other parts of the University, like the Medical
School, give you even more options to explore.
We provide students with the theoretical knowledge and understanding of the allied
health profession of athletic training as well as current procedures and techniques
in sport injury management. Students gain this knowledge through required coursework
and clinical experiences as they prepare to make successful contributions to the athletic
training profession. The program combines formal classroom instruction and clinical experiences in a process
that culminates in the student graduating with eligibility to sit for the Board of
Certification (BOC) examination.
Students who graduate from the program and subsequently pass the national certification
examination will be qualified to be employed as an athletic trainer in a variety of
allied health settings, including secondary schools, two- and four-year colleges and
universities, professional athletic teams, sports medicine clinics, or in industrial
preventative medicine clinics. In addition, students who complete prerequisite course
requirements may pursue graduate education in athletic training, exercise physiology,
physical therapy, health, physical education, or other allied health professions.
We currently offer both a professional preparation program (BS in AT) and post-professional
program (Advanced MS in AT).
Professional Athletic Training Program (CAATE-Accredited)
The professional AT program at USC is currently transitioning from the BS level to
the MS level. This program is for students interested in becoming a BOC certified
athletic trainer. If you are interested in becoming a certified athletic trainer,
please click on our New MS in Athletic Training link below.
This is an advanced degree for practicing athletic trainers -- students applying to
this degree must already be a Certified Athletic Trainer by the BOC.
Athletic Training News
Student selected for three athletic training scholarships
The Arnold School’s athletic training program offered Emily Meyerl the array of clinical
sites (e.g., USC sports, small/large high schools, other colleges, private practice
clinics) she was seeking.
EXSC names 2018 Outstanding Students
The department of exercise science has selected William (Alex) Clarkson, Brooks Herring,
Elizabeth Rizor, and Jane Warther from among those nominated by faculty members to
receive the 2018 Outstanding Exercise Science Student Awards.
Arnold School honors graduates at 2018 Hooding Ceremony
The Arnold School celebrated master's and doctoral graduates at the 2018 Hooding Ceremony
on May 10. Arnold School and department award winners, along with Delta Omega inductees,
were also recognized.
May grad builds clinical expertise with master's degree
Kenya Moore’s high school didn’t have an athletic trainer, but she was always intrigued
with the recovery process after seeing friends experience season-ending injuries.
She began researching the profession and quickly realized that’s what she wanted to
do as a career.
May graduate returns to former high school as athletic trainer
Samantha Sedivy plans to return to school to earn a master’s degree in teaching with
a focus on physical education and health. Long-term, she hopes to work as the head
athletic trainer at a high school while also teaching sports medicine to high school
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