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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 BOC 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, or other allied health professions.


Degrees Offered

We currently offer both a Professional Athletic Training Program (BS in AT) and a Master of Science in Adavanced 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. 


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