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Athletic Training at South Carolina

The Athletic Training Program creates a family atmosphere, pairing each student with faculty members and certified athletic trainers across Columbia, South Carolina and the U.S. to incorporate the lessons of the classroom with athletic training in the field.

What to Expect

As an athletic training major, you will benefit from an education that is individualized to maximize your potential. You will also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through a variety of authentic clinical experiences.

Students graduating from the program will be prepared to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam to become a certified athletic trainer and contribute to the athletic training profession at a variety of levels. Recent graduate sitting for the exam have a first time passage rate of 80 percent compared with a national average of less than 45 percent. 


Undergraduate Degree

B  B.S. in Athletic Training 

The Arnold School of Public Health provides 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 following courses fulfill the education core for a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training:

  • Introduction to the Description and Analysis of Human Movement
  • Philosophy and Principles of Physical Education
  • Motor Learning in Physical Education
  • Observational Analysis of Sports Techniques and Tactics
  • Human Child/Adolescent Growth
  • The Physiology of Muscular Activity (and Lab)
  • Medical and Scientific Terminology


Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.


Graduate Degrees

M  M.S. in Advanced Athletic Training

The Arnold School also offers a Master of Science in Advanced Athletic Training. This new program began accepting students in 2015, and was designed to replace the M.S. in Physical Education, which was also for the advanced preparation in the field of athletic training.

Program Director: Toni M. Torres-McGehee, Ph.D., ATC, Phone: 803-777-0636,

Application information for graduate degrees is available through our Graduate School.

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.