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Athletic Training

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals employed in a variety of professional settings who strive to deliver the most advanced, evidence-based, comprehensive, and personalized health care services for the continued optimal performance of each physically active patient. ATs utilize the professional opinions and experience of established medical professionals and athletic training research to create a personalized approach to the care each patient receives.

The Athletic Training Program at the University of South Carolina is administratively housed in the Department of Exercise Science within the Arnold School of Public Health.

The USC AT Program provides students with experiences with a variety of patient populations, care providers, and healthcare settings. You will find Gamecock Athletic Training Alumni all over the world, including the NFL, MLB, NBA, US Military, NASCAR, Cirque du Soleil, NCAA collegiate athletics, high schools in China and Europe, as well as more traditional settings in secondary schools, sports medicine clinics, hospitals, and industrial settings in the United States. Over the past several years, our faculty has received a significant amount of grant funding to study healthcare and orthopedic injuries in the military and youth football populations, heat illness, and disordered eating. In addition, the 2016  and 2017  Shanghai Global Ranking of Sports Science Schools and Departments has rated the University of South Carolina as No. 1 in the United States and No. 3 in the world—thanks largely to the success of the Department of Exercise Science and its Athletic Training Program.

Degrees Offered

We currently offer both a Professional Athletic Training Program and a Master of Science in Advanced AT. 

Professional Athletic Training Program (CAATE-Accredited)

The Professional AT Program at USC is currently transitioning from the Bachelor's level to the Master's level. This program is for students interested in becoming a certified athletic trainer. If you are interested in becoming a certified athletic trainer, please click on our New MS in Athletic Training link below:

Post-Professional Program

This is an advanced degree for practicing athletic trainers. Students applying for this degree must already be a certified athletic trainer by the BOC. 


Athletic Training News

Courtney Meyer

I Am Public Health: Courtney Meyer

Athletic trainer Courtney Meyer joined the No. 1 program in the nation (Ph.D. in Exercise Science) to improve assessment and treatment of medical emergencies involving the head, neck and spine of youth and adolescent athletes, which are often underserved. She also is interested in addressing policy- and gender-related issues for this population. 

Jim Mensch

Two Arnold School faculty members awarded Two Thumbs Up Awards from Student Disability Resource Center

Jim Mensch and Ciaran Fairman, both faculty members in the Department of Exercise Science, have been recognized by the Student Disability Resource Center for going above and beyond to support students with disabilities.

Reann Young

International student earns master’s degree to increase athletic training services in Caribbean

During her program, Reann Young gained experience with UofSC’s beach volleyball and football teams as well as the SC Summer Dance Conservatory and Columbia International University. She also developed research interests in the mental health of collegiate student-athletes. 

Erica Schulman

Athletic training graduate committed to improving transgender healthcare and education

During their program, Erica Schulman explored their interests in transgender healthcare and its integration into academic curricula and educational opportunities for athletic training students and practicing athletic trainers.

Katrina Linenko

Athletic training graduate plans to be role model to students with new position at SC high school

After her graduation next month, Katrina Linenko will be kicking off her career with her dream job as an assistant athletic trainer at Chapin High School, where she will also teach sports medicine.

Alicia Flach

Exercise science faculty awarded grant to improve Parkinson's care through physical therapy

Clinical associate professor Alicia Flach and clinical assistant professor Elizabeth Regan will use the Parkinson's Foundation grant to build on the education and exercise support provided to improve the SC Parkinson's disease community’s access to exercise opportunities.


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