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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

Maddison Hauge

May graduate bringing athletic training expertise, public health focus to residency position at The Steadman Clinic

As an athletic trainer, Madison Hauge has developed expertise in examination, diagnosis and treatment. She has also learned the power of prevention and the need to focus on public health overall. 

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UofSC No. 1 in U.S. in sport science for fourth time

The University of South Carolina continues to lead the way in sport science in the United States, with its programs ranked No. 1 in the nation for the fourth consecutive time in the Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments.

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Four exercise science students win awards from American Kinesiology Association

 Students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in the Department of Exercise Science have been recognized as the UofSC recipients for the 2020 National Scholar Awards from the American Kinesiology Association. 

Kacey Ohlemeyer

Athletic training graduate to complete residency in orthopedics and diagnostics

During his Master of Science in Advance Athletic Training program, Kacey Ohlemeyer has developed interests in nutrition, manual therapy, professionalism and outcome measures. Next, he'll complete a complete an athletic training residency in orthopedics and diagnostics. 

Nancy Uriegas

I Am Public Health: Nancy Uriegas

Athletic trainer Nancy Uriegas is pursuing a Ph.D. in Exercise Science (No. 1 in the nation) to learn more about eating disorders and energy availability among performing artist and military populations.


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