Master of Science in Athletic Training
If you are interested in becoming an athletic trainer, this is the degree for you. The AT Program at the University of South Carolina has been CAATE-accredited for over 25 years and is regarded as one of the top programs in the nation.
The recent decision by the Athletic Training profession to require a graduate degree to become a certified athletic trainer led to our termination of the BS in Athletic Training and creation of this new MS in Athletic Training.
The NEW MS in AT Program includes a 6-hour Cadaver Anatomy class, a 3-course series on Evaluation & Therapeutic Intervention of Lower Extremity, Upper Extremity and Head, Neck and Spine Injuries, clinical rotations in USC Athletics, local high schools, sports medicine clinics, orthopedic offices, as well as a semester-long clinical immersion class that can be completed anywhere in the world.
The mission of the USC’s AT 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. USC’s AT Program will develop competent and compassionate leaders who will enhance health-related outcomes for a population of diverse individuals and communities throughout South Carolina, the nation and internationally.
We are looking for students passionate about sports medicine and sports science who have completed a BS degree in Exercise Science, Public Health, Kinesiology, or any health-related field. Graduates from our MS in Athletic Training will be able to contribute as a healthcare provider within the larger context of a changing healthcare system.
Applicants for the MS in Athletic Training must apply through the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS):
- Baccalaureate degree program from an accredited university prior to beginning the program
- Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 from the undergraduate degree
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
- Minimum of 50 hours of observation of a certified athletic trainer.
- Documentation of clinical hours must be verifiable on the official program application.
- Observation hours within the University of South Carolina Athletic Department are excluded.
- USC AT Program Technical Standards Form
- Professional resume
- 3 professional recommendation letters
- Personal statement
Prerequisite Course Requirements (minimum of a C)
Biology and Lab (4 credits)
Chemistry and Lab (4 credits)
Physics and Lab (4 credits)
Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Labs (8 credits)
Exercise Physiology and Lab (4 credits)
Psychology (3 credits)
Nutrition (3 credits)
Statistics (3 credits)
Biomechanics (3 credits)
Master of Science in Advanced Athletic Training (for certified athletic trainers)
If you are already a certified athletic trainer and looking for advanced preparation in the field of athletic training, this is the degree for you.
The program itself is like a medical residency; you will have increasing control over the decisions that you make as it progresses. You might even mentor students from the bachelor’s program as part of your training, and you will make your own clinical decisions at the end, finishing with a data-based research project.
For more information about specific curriculum requirements, please visit the academic bulletin. Also, check out the specific application deadlines and requirements.