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  • Master's of science in Advanced Athletic Training Cohort of 2019 posing
  • Bachelor's of science in Athletic Training Cohort of 2019 posing
  • Master's of science in Advanced Athletic Training Cohort of 2020 posing
  • Bachelor's of science in Athletic Training Cohort of 2020 posing

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

Amy Hand

May graduate leverages Ph.D. in Exercise Science to educate future athletic trainers

While serving as a preceptor in her alma mater program’s extensive clinical athletic training network, Amy Hand began to realize how much she loved teaching college students. She signed on as an adjunct instructor and then enrolled in the Arnold School’s Ph.D. in Exercise Science program to become an athletic training educator. 

Hooding 2019

Arnold School honors graduates at 2019 Hooding Ceremony on May 9

The Arnold School celebrated master’s and doctoral graduates at the 2019 Hooding Ceremony on May 9. Arnold School and department award winners, along with Delta Omega inductees, were also recognized.

Brainard Cooper

Fellowship honors impact of longtime athletic trainer Brainard Cooper

The fellowship will include support for students and faculty in addition to equipment and other needs. Having his name on the award is fitting after years of work by Cooper to impact the athletic training programs and countless future athletic trainers he helped mold while they were at South Carolina.

EXSC Award Winners

Three graduating seniors receive 2019 Outstanding Exercise Science Awards

Three graduating seniors, from among those nominated by faculty members, have been chosen to receive the 2019 Outstanding Exercise Science Student Awards. This year’s winners are Emanuel Ayala, William Cosby and Makenzie Myers. 

Rachel Sharpe

UofSC alumna Rachel Sharpe joins new football league as head athletic trainer for Atlanta Legends

One of the only things that could draw her away from the state and university she loves? A chance to serve as the head athletic trainer for a brand new football team in a brand new league (Alliance of American Football).


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