The Masters of Science in Athletic Training is a CAATE-accredited professional program that culminates in students eligible to sit for the BOC examination. The mission of the MS in Athletic Training program is to A) provide interdisciplinary approaches to medicine through designed clinical educational experiences for students in a variety of settings and interactions with different health care professionals, B) teach students to access, interpret, and integrate relevant research into their clinical decision making through didactic and clinical education that focuses on evidence-based medicine, and C) enhance professional development of students through community engagement and recognize the role of the athletic trainer as a healthcare provider within the larger context of a changing healthcare system.
The MS in Athletic Training is a 2-year intense program of study that includes 5 clinical practicums, including a 5 credit clinical immersion experience during a students final semester. The program is 58 credits, similar to most CAATE-accredited graduate programs in athletic training. The program courses are as follows:
Human Anatomy for Health Sciences
Principles of Athletic Training
Principles of Evidence-Based Medicine
Evaluation & Therapeutic Intervention of Lower Extremity Injuries
Evaluation & Therapeutic Intervention of Injuries of Upper Extremity Injuries
Clinical Exercise Testing
Research Seminar in Exercise Physiology
Evaluation & Therapeutic Intervention Head, Neck & Spine
Clinical Pathology & Pharmacology
Transforming Health Care for the Future
Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training I
Behavioral Health & Wellness
Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training II
Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training III
Evidenced-Based Practice in Medical Emergencies
Advanced Clinical Skills in Athletic Training
Athletic Training Administration
Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training IV
Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training V
Perspectives in Public Health (On-line)
Pre-requisite requirements for admission:
1) Bachelors degree from an accredited institution
2) Following coursework:
BS degree in related field
Biology w lab 4 credits
Chemistry w lab 4 credits
Physics w lab 4 credits
Anatomy and Physiology 8 credits
Exercise Physiology 4 credits
Psychology 3 credits
Nutrition 3 credits
Statistics 3 credits
Biomechanics 3 credits
On May 20, 2015, the Strategic Alliance announced the professional degree for Athletic Training would move from the Bachelors to Masters level. We have the longest standing accredited athletic training program in South Carolina and we will be one of only a few programs in the Southeast that can transition this degree to the graduate level. In July 2016, the athletic training program moved to the ASPH in an effort to better align the major with more common programs in Health Care and prepare for the transition of the degree to the graduate level. Although the transition of the degree to the MS level is not required for a few more years, as the Flagship University and largest AT program in the state of SC we feel it is better to be at the front of this national movement of AT programs. Charleston Southern University has already admitted its first masters level cohort in the Summer of 2017. We feel the timing is right for us to lay out an outstanding masters AT program in the Summer of 2019 as we transition out our students from the BS degree in AT.
Since 1991, the University of South Carolina has offered a professional accredited Athletic Training program. Graduates from the Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training have served as certified athletic trainers at a variety of settings all across the state of South Carolina, the nation, and the world. The athletic training program has a strong reputation and is widely recognized as one of the top programs in the country. We are known for the diversity of our clinical sites as well as our strong partnerships with the School of Medicine, Athletic Departments, local high schools and colleges, Palmetto Health Hospital, Ft. Jackson, Columbia City Ballet and many others. The program continues to fit the mission of the University because it; a) provides a valuable resource for the State of South Carolina by providing certified athletic trainers to high schools, middle schools and recreation sports leagues that continue to need medical staffing, and b) it remains a strong academic program based on criteria such as placement of graduates, Board of Certification exam statistics, faculty scholarship and grant production, and quality of clinical education sites.
Approve, pending approval of all other courses that are currently under consideration by the Humanities curriculum committee. This program shifted from the College of Education to the School of Public Health and proposals are in transition from one committee to the other. This proposal has been separated from the other new course proposals as a part of that transition.
New program will require BOT, CHE approval. No SACS approval is required as we are making the case this is not a substantinve change from current offerings at USC-C. BOT AA & Full BOT 6/8/18 and 6/22/18. ACAP: 9/13/18; CAAL: 10/25/18; CHE: 12/6/18.
BOT AA approved: 6/8 and BOT approved: 6/22.
Next Meeting- ACAP: 9/13; CAAL: 10/25; CHE: 12/6
CHE approved 12/12/18. This program is not a substantive change and does not require SACSCOC notification.