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Graduate Athletic Training Education Program

“Enhancing Medical Coverage for College, High School, and
Recreational Athletes of South Carolina”

Program Admissions

The graduate athletic training education program at the University of South Carolina is committed to distinguishing itself as a state and national leader in the field of athletic training by improving the quality of access to healthcare for athletes.

Program Description

The program is a collaborative effort between the College of Education , School of Medicine , and Athletic Department of the University of South Carolina . The two-year program is designed to offer advanced studies and clinical experiences in athletic training to NATABOC certified athletic trainers, while also providing healthcare to athletes in the state of South Carolina . Graduate assistants with stipends, out-of-state tuition waivers, and tuition credits are available for qualified students.

Academic Program:

Students may obtain a Master's of Science in Physical Education with a concentration in Athletic Training. Below is a sample of a program of study (36 hours):

Athletic Training (15 hours)

PEDU 734 Advanced Assessment and Management of Athletic Injuries
PEDU 735 Contemporary Issues in Athletic Training
PEDU 736 Advanced Treatment and Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries
PEDU 737 Current Research in Athletic Training Education
EDCE 650 Counseling Student Athletes

Research (12 hours)

EDRM 710 Educational Statistics I
EDRM 711 Educational Statistics II
PEDU 770 Research Methods
PEDU 798 Master's Project

Professional Electives (9 hours)

PEDU 730 Educational Psychology
PEDU 546 Advanced Athletic Training
EDPY Human Growth & Development

Clinical Opportunities

A variety of clinical opportunities exists for students in the University of South Carolina Graduate Athletic Training Program . Currently, graduate assistant athletic trainers in the program provide healthcare services for athletes at the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NAIA, high school, and intramural levels. Other positions allow graduate athletic trainers the opportunity to work as physician extenders in the USC Orthopedics Sports Medicine Center . Clinical assignments rotate each year allowing students a variety of learning opportunities.

Clinical Sites:

  • NCAA Division I USC Athletics

  • USC Campus Recreation

  • USC Sports Medicine Center

  • Richland County High Schools

  • Newberry County High Schools

  • Allen University

  • Benedict College

Application Process

  • All applicants must be NATABOC certified (or eligible)

  • Submit cover letter, resume, and list of three references

  • Apply to the University of South Carolina Graduate School for admission into the College of Education for the MS in Physical Education (Athletic Training Concentration)

  • Accepted to USC Graduate School (qualifying GRE scores)

  • Interviews are conducted in February and March

  • Admission decision are made at the end of March

Current Graduate Assistants

For more information on the graduate program, please contact:
Jim Mensch, PhD, ATC
Athletic Training Program Director
Department of Physical Education
University of South Carolina
218 Blatt Physical Education Center
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: (803) 777-3846

Other important links:

Columbia, SC 29208 • 803-777-7000 •