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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.

As part of the Athletic Training program, you will have access to a wide variety of clinical experiences and faculty specialties. Our faculty research is broad as well as deep, covering topics from hydration and nutrition to concussion prevention and treatment, and our partnerships with other parts of the University, like the Medical School, give you even more options to explore.

We provide students with the theoretical knowledge and understanding of the allied health profession of athletic training as well as current procedures and techniques in sport injury management. Students gain this knowledge through required coursework and clinical experiences as they prepare to make successful contributions to the athletic training profession. The program combines formal classroom instruction and clinical experiences in a process that culminates in the student graduating with eligibility to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.

Students who graduate from the program and subsequently pass the national certification examination will be qualified to be employed as an athletic trainer in a variety of allied health settings, including secondary schools, two- and four-year colleges and universities, professional athletic teams, sports medicine clinics, or in industrial preventative medicine clinics. In addition, students who complete prerequisite course requirements may pursue graduate education in athletic training, exercise physiology, physical therapy, health, physical education, or other allied health professions.


Degrees Offered

We currently offer both a professional preparation program (BS in AT) and post-professional program (Advanced MS in AT). 

Professional Athletic Training Program (CAATE-Accredited)

The professional AT program at USC is currently transitioning from the BS level to the MS level.  This program is for students interested in becoming a BOC 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 to this degree must already be a Certified Athletic Trainer by the BOC. 


Athletic Training News

2018 Hooding

Arnold School honors graduates at 2018 Hooding Ceremony

The Arnold School celebrated master's and doctoral graduates at the 2018 Hooding Ceremony on May 10. Arnold School and department award winners, along with Delta Omega inductees, were also recognized.

Kenya Moore

May grad builds clinical expertise with master's degree

Kenya Moore’s high school didn’t have an athletic trainer, but she was always intrigued with the recovery process after seeing friends experience season-ending injuries. She began researching the profession and quickly realized that’s what she wanted to do as a career.

Samantha Sedivy

May graduate returns to former high school as athletic trainer

Samantha Sedivy plans to return to school to earn a master’s degree in teaching with a focus on physical education and health. Long-term, she hopes to work as the head athletic trainer at a high school while also teaching sports medicine to high school students.

Toni Torres-McGehee

Toni Torres-McGehee named associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion

In her new role, Torres-McGehee plans to convene a committee of stakeholders to finalize and implement a School-wide Diversity Plan and expand the inclusive nature of the Arnold School.  

Mariah Bernanke

Alumna finds her needle in the haystack—athletic training position in performing arts

Mariah Bernanke knew that UofSC had a well-established athletic training program, and its Division 1 status would provide opportunities to work with high-level athletes and resources. What she didn’t expect was that she would learn a way to reintegrate sports and the arts.


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