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.