Undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program
“Enhancing Medical Coverage for College, High School, and Recreational Athletes of South Carolina”
The Athletic Training Education Program at the University of South Carolina (USC ATEP) 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 students with the knowledge and skills required to become a Certified Athletic Trainer and to successfully contribute to the athletic training profession.
Admission into the USC ATEP is selective and competitive. Students seeking admission into the program must complete the Preprofessional Phase of the Athletic Training Education Program. Transfer students are are required to complete the same coursework and application process for consideration into the USC ATEP. The application process occurs in the Spring semester of every year with Athletic Training Cohorts being accepted into the Professional Phase of the program every Fall semester.
Our program is designed to provide students with a variety of clinical education opportunities during their time at the University of South Carolina. The undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program develops a clinical education that individualized to the athletic training students carrier objectives and CAATE standards. The clinical coordinator works with each student to develop a program that focuses on a variety of hands on experiences that prepares each person for his/her future career.
The backbone of the Athletic Training Education Program is the Faculty and Preceptors that support the didactical and clinical components of the program. The faculty work with athletic training students to encourage the integration of evidence based practice in the classroom, laboratory, clinical setting and department driven research. The ATEP also coordinates clinical experiences with over 60 unique Preceptors to provide students a diverse experience as they complete the clinical education requirements of the program.
The ATEP is divided into for cohorts of students. Each cohort represents a progression through the ATEP. The Preprofessional Cohort represents students applying to the ATEP. The Professional Program then has 3 cohorts of students: 1st Years, 2nd Years, and 3rd Years,
The South Carolina Athletic Training Student Association (SCATSA) is a student sponsored organization that is operated by Undergraduate and Graduate Athletic Training Students. This program strives to advance the profession of athletic training and its' members through a variety of educational events.
For more information on the graduate program, please contact:
Jim Mensch, PhD, ATC
Athletic Training Education Program Director
Department of Physical Education
University of South Carolina
218 Blatt Physical Education Center
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: (803) 777-3846