On May 20, 2015 the Strategic Alliance (BOC, CAATE, NATA, and NATA Foundation) announced the professional degree for Athletic Training (AT) would change to the Master’s degree level. This degree change at the professional level affects students seeking to become certified as an athletic trainer through the current Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. The current accreditation standards and the CAATE policy and procedures document can be accessed at www.caate.net.
The new CAATE standards state that Accredited professional athletic training programs must result in the granting of a master’s degree in Athletic Training. The program must be identified as an academic athletic training degree in institutional academic publications. The degree must appear on the official transcript similar to the normal designations for other degrees. Baccalaureate programs may not admit, enroll, or matriculate students into the athletic training programs after the start of the fall term 2022.
The result of this decision will force the termination of the BS Degree in athletic training here at USC. There are currently 6 CAATE-accredited AT programs in the state of South Carolina. Many of them have decided not to transition their AT program to the graduate-level. USC has the largest and oldest AT program in the State. As a flagship institution, it is important for USC to lead the way in this transition of degrees. We have already seen a great deal of interest in our graduate-level professional athletic training program that we anticipate to start in summer of 2018. We anticipate the last cohort of students to start the BS in Athletic Training degree in Fall of 2016 with a graduation date of Spring 2020. We anticipate the start for our new Entry-level professional Master’s degree in AT to start in Summer of 2018. We will run concurrent programs for ~2-3 years. It is anticipated that after 2022, the number of masters-level professional AT programs in South Carolina will decrease to 2-3.
Congratulations! Your proposal has been moved for Faculty Senate Approval.
BOT approved 12/13/16, CHE approved 2/3/17, and SACSCOC approved 3/14/17
Notice of program termination is prominently featured in the current bulletin AT, BS program description. Program will be removed entirely with the publication of the 18-19 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin in February 2018.