The Athletic Training Program at the University of South Carolina provides students
with an opportunity to learn and develop athletic training skills within the larger
context of a changing healthcare system.
The USC AT Program provides students with the theoretical knowledge and understanding
of the 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
As an Athletic Trainer, you will collaborate with physicians to provide preventative
services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation
of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers provide medical services to
all types of patients, not just athletes participating in sports, and can work in
a variety of job settings. Athletic trainers improve functional outcomes and specialize
in patient education to prevent injury and re-injury.
Master of Science in Athletic Training Degree
The 2-year MS in AT program starts in late May of each year and admits a small class
size that allows students an opportunity for individualized instruction and close
interact with faculty and clinical preceptors. Program highlights include a 6 hour
cadaver anatomy class, 3 course lecture series on Evaluation & Therapeutic Intervention
of Lower, Upper and Head, Neck and Spine as well as a final semester long clinical
immersion that can be done anywhere in the world. Following completion of the Master
of Science in Athletic Training, students are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification
The mission of the University of South Carolina’s Athletic Training Program is to
create a center of excellence for the advancement of athletic training, through the
integration of innovative, interdisciplinary, and transformational education, research,
evidence-based practice, and community engagement. The University of South Carolina
Athletic Training Program will develop competent and compassionate athletic training
leaders and lifelong learners who will enhance health-related outcomes for a population
of diverse individuals and communities throughout South Carolina, the nation, and
The University of South Carolina Athletic Training Program’s vision is to achieve
prominence as an innovator in the integration of interdisciplinary education, research,
evidence-based practice, and community engagement. The Program will advance the profession
of athletic training, our community of learners, current and future athletic training
leaders, health-related outcomes, and healthcare policy at all entries of practice.
AT Program Objectives
Athletic training students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary for
entry-level athletic trainers to use a systematic approach to ask and answer clinically
relevant questions that affect patient care by the review and application of existing
Athletic training students will demonstrate the ability to develop and implement strategies
and programs to prevent the incidence and/or severity of injuries and illnesses and
optimize their clients’/patients’ overall health and quality of life.
Athletic training students will demonstrate strong clinical examination skills in
order to accurately diagnose and effectively provide treatment in diverse patient
populations and health care settings.
Athletic training students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to
evaluate and immediately manage acute injuries and illnesses.
Athletic training students will be able to assess a patient’s status using clinician-
and patient-oriented outcome measures and, based on this assessment and with consideration
of the stage of healing and goals, design a therapeutic intervention to maximize the
patient’s participation and health-related quality of life.
Athletic training students will demonstrate the ability to recognize clients/patients
exhibiting abnormal social, emotional, and mental behaviors and to intervene and refer
these individuals as necessary.
Athletic training students will demonstrate an understanding of risk management, healthcare
delivery mechanisms, insurance, reimbursement, documentation, patient privacy, and
Athletic training students will demonstrate the ability to maintain current competence,
practice within the limits of state and national regulation using moral and ethical
judgment, and work collaboratively with other healthcare providers.
Athletic training students will demonstrate the ability to synthesize and integrate
knowledge, skills, and clinical decision-making into actual client/patient care.
The USC Athletic Training Program will provide quality instruction in didactic courses
of athletic training knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Clinical education will follow a logical progression that allows for increasing amounts
of clinically supervised responsibility leading to autonomous practice upon graduation.
The clinical education plan will reinforce the sequence of formal instruction of athletic
training knowledge, skills, and clinical abilities, including clinical decision-making.
Clinical education will provide students with authentic, real-time opportunities to
practice and integrate athletic training knowledge, skills, and clinical abilities,
including decision-making and professional behaviors required of the profession in
order to develop proficiency as an Athletic Trainer.
Clinical education will provide a variety of patient populations, care providers,
and health care settings. Students will gain clinical education experiences that address
the continuum of care that would prepare a student to function in a variety of settings
with patients engaged in a range of activities with conditions described in athletic
training knowledge, skills and clinical abilities, role delineation study and standards
of practice delineated for a certified athletic trainer in the profession.
All clinical education sites will be evaluated by the program on an annual and planned