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Athletic Training

The Athletic Training Program at the University of South Carolina provides students with an opportunity to learn and develop athletic training skills within the larger context of a changing healthcare system.

The USC AT Program provides students with the theoretical knowledge and understanding of the 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.

As an Athletic Trainer, you will collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers provide medical services to all types of patients, not just athletes participating in sports, and can work in a variety of job settings. Athletic trainers improve functional outcomes and specialize in patient education to prevent injury and re-injury.


Master of Science in Athletic Training Degree

The 2-year MS in AT program starts in late May of each year and admits a small class size that allows students an opportunity for individualized instruction and close interact with faculty and clinical preceptors. Program highlights include a 6 hour cadaver anatomy class, 3 course lecture series on Evaluation & Therapeutic Intervention of Lower, Upper and Head, Neck and Spine as well as a final semester long clinical immersion that can be done anywhere in the world. Following completion of the Master of Science in Athletic Training, students are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam.

Explore the specific application deadlines and requirements.

Mission

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.

Vision

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.

 

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