The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training recently announced that all professional education in athletic training must be at the master’s degree level. The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training is no longer offered as a major for undergraduate students at the University of South Carolina. We are in the process of transitioning our Athletic Training Program and plan to launch a new Professional Master's degree in Athletic Training in the Summer of 2019.
Students interested in a career in athletic training are encouraged to consider the current Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. This degree has practicum experiences and prerequisite courses that will prepare students for the Professional Master's degree in Athletic Training.
If you have any questions about athletic training or the degree change, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Jim Mensch, Athletic Training Program Director.
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 internationally.
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 research evidence.
- 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 facility management.
- 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 basis.