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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.

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. 

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 was established in 1996 and has a long history of producing outstanding athletic trainers that work in various healthcare settings all over South Carolina, United States, and the world. 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 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

Toni Torres-McGehee

Faculty Award Winners recognized at annual Hooding Ceremony

The Arnold School is proud to announce the recipients of the 2024 Faculty Awards: James A. Keith Excellence in Teaching Award (Sheri Silfies), Faculty Research Award (Melissa Nolan), and Faculty Service Award (Toni Torres-McGehee).

Toni Torres-McGehee

USC Educational Foundation names Toni Torres-McGehee as winner of Outstanding Service Award

Just one year after receiving the top service award from the National Association of Athletic Trainers, Toni Torres-McGehee has been selected as the winner of the 2024 USC Educational Foundation Outstanding Service Award.

Kimberly Nardi

Athletic training graduate to work with professional, pre-professional athletes

After graduating in May, Professional Athletic Training Student Above and Beyond Award winner Kimberly Nardi will begin working with professional and collegiate athletes at a performance-based sports complex in Georgia.

athletic training

Exercise science collaborators publish research on athletic training and mental health

Faculty, students and alumni affiliated with the Department of Exercise Science’s athletic training program have published seven papers across a two-part special edition of the Journal of Athletic Training. 

Number one

USC again among nation's best in sport science

The annual Global Ranking by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, recognizes the combined excellence of the Arnold School’s exercise science and athletic training programs and the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management’s sport and entertainment management program. 

Amanda Trujillo

Exercise science degree preps Carolina Band Feature Twirler for career in athletic training

Amanda Trujillo will build on her undergraduate experiences by continuing her journey at USC. She was recently accepted into the Arnold School's Master of Science in Athletic Training program.


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