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Graduate Degrees in Athletic Training

Athletic Training (AT) encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions to minimize subsequent impairments and functional limitations.  We currently have two graduate degree options: 1) Master of Science in Athletic Training (starts May of 2019) for students interested in becoming a certified athletic trainer, and 2) a post-professional Master of Science in Advanced Athletic Training for individuals who are already certified (BOC) as an athletic trainer. 

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.

Mission

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.

Program Information

The NEW MS in AT Program is an intensive 2-year graduate degree consisting of 58 credit hours of coursework. Students progress through the curriculum in a sequence where academic content from the next semester's courses continue to build on the previous semester. The AT Program includes 5 clinical courses where students are assigned to a USC Preceptor and gain valuable clinical experiences through USC men’s & women’s athletics, USC campus recreation, local high schools, sports medicine clinics, youth sports, physical therapy clinics, hospitals, physician offices, and small colleges. All students must complete the program of study as defined.

Curriculum

The curriculum  identifies which courses need to be taken during each semester over your 2-year program of study.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the MS in Athletic Training must apply through the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS):

Admission Requirements

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.

Mission

The Advanced Athletic Training Program at the University of South Carolina (USC AT Program) is dedicated to preparing athletic trainers for advanced clinical practice, research and scholarship in order to advance the quality of patient care, optimize patient outcomes, and improve patient’s health-related quality of life.

The Advanced Athletic Training Program is committed to distinguishing itself as a state and national leader in its efforts to address the needs of its students, the athletic training profession, and community. The pursuit of excellence in both the academic and clinical education setting is our program’s approach for providing graduate students with the knowledge and skills required to enhance their athletic training skills and to successfully contribute to the profession of athletic training. The graduate athletic training program at the University of South Carolina will also provide a coordinated balance of education and clinical exposure.

Program Information

The program is a collaborative effort between the Department of Exercise Science, School of Medicine, and Athletics Department of the University of South Carolina. The two-year program is designed to offer advanced studies and clinical experiences in athletic training to BOC certified athletic trainers, while also providing health care to patients and student-athletes in the state of South Carolina. Graduate assistantships with stipends, out-of-state tuition waivers, and tuition credits are available for qualified students.

The USC AT Program provides students with the theoretical knowledge and understanding of the allied health 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. The program combines formal classroom instruction and clinical experiences to enhance a certified athletic trainer’s clinical skills.

Students who graduate from the program and will be qualified to be employed as an athletic trainer in a variety of allied health settings, including secondary schools, two- and four-year colleges and universities, professional athletic teams, sports medicine clinics, or in industrial preventative medicine clinics.

All USC Graduate Assistants are required to be certified through the Board of Certification to be enrolled in the Graduate Advanced AT Program. The graduate athletic training student’s professional preparation is directed toward the development of advanced clinical knowledge. USC’s athletic training program requires all graduate students have completed an entry level bachelors or master’s degree in athletic training.

Curriculum

MS in Advanced Athletic Training                                     (Credit Hours)

ATEP 733

Evidence Based Practice in Medical Emergencies

(3)

ATEP 734

Evidence-Based Approach to Evaluation, Treatment, and Rehabilitation of Injuries

(3)

ATEP 735

Contemporary Issues in Athletic Training

(3)

ATEP 738

Advanced Athletic Training Practicum I

(3)

ATEP 739

Advanced Athletic Training Practicum II

(3)

ATEP 740

Evidenced Based Practice in Weight Management Assessment 

(3)

ATEP 741*

Advanced Clinical Skills in Athletic Training

(3)

PUBH 700*

Perspectives in Public Health

(3)

Research Requirements

PEDU 770/EXSC 755

Research Methods in Physical Education and Athletic Training

(3)

ATEP 798/799

Project/Thesis in Athletic Training

(3)

BIO 700

Introduction to Biostatistics

(3)

Professional Elective (Pick one)

ATEP 736

Advanced Treatment and Rehabilitation of Injuries

(3)

ATEP 737

Current Research in Athletic Training Education

(3)

 

Admissions Requirements

Application: A completed application with all requested information and supporting documents supplied.

Application Fees: A nonrefundable application fee of $50 is required of all first-time applicants to the Graduate School and for applicants reapplying after a three-year period of non-enrollment. A Change of Status fee of $15 is charged when requesting a change in program or degree intent with submission of a Change of Status (COS) form.

Transcripts: Official transcripts showing all college-level course work attempted and the award of the baccalaureate or higher degree by an accredited college or university. Official transcripts verifying all previous college-level course work are required for the University’s records. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to The Graduate School or delivered in a sealed envelope bearing a registrar’s stamp. Please send transcripts to:

The Graduate School
901 Sumter St. #304
Columbia, SC 29208

Letters of Recommendation: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit at least three letters of recommendation through the electronic application process. Please consider carefully the waiver of right to view letters of recommendation because this decision cannot be altered after submission.

Test Scores: Most programs require an admissions test such as the GRE, GMAT or MAT. Please consult the of the Graduate Studies Bulletin appropriate program for the test requirements for admission. Applications for the GRE and the GMAT can be obtained from the Educational Testing Service, Box 955, Princeton, NJ 08540 or by visiting the website www.ets.org. Applicants from western states should contact the Educational Testing Service, 1947 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 or visit the website. Note: GRE, GMAT, and MAT test scores are valid for five years.

International Applicants: International applicants whose native language is not English are also required to submit a satisfactory score on the TOEFL or the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam. The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 80 Internet-based or 570 paper-based. The minimum acceptable overall band score on the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam is 6.5. Programs may set higher score requirements. See International Students and Credentials for more information. Note: TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years.

For additional information, please reference the following documents: