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Athletic Training, M.S.

Arnold School of Public Health

Earn your athletic training degree in a nationally distinguished program committed to providing students with a variety of learning experiences with different patient populations and health care settings.

Gain theoretical knowledge and understanding of the allied health profession of athletic training as well as current procedures and techniques in physical and mental health management. Join our family of alumni working around the world in settings ranging from the NFL, MLB and NBA to collegiate athletics, entertainment, hospitals and schools.

Program Highlights

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    Renowned Program

    Study in one of the top programs in the nation — one that has been CAATE-accredited for more than 25 years.

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    Immersive Experiences

    Complete two clinical immersion experiences and become eligible to sit for the Board of Certification examination.

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    Advanced Skills

    Gain advanced clinical skills including phlebotomy, casting, IVs, suturing, diagnostic ultrasound and dry needling.

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    Expansive Network

    Join our large alumni network working in a variety of different settings in health care and sports all over the world.

What You’ll Study

Prepare to complete BOC certification and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care. Enjoy a combination of classroom instruction, simulation labs, standardized patients for practical exams and diverse clinical experiences. Learn to advocate for and educate patients while working with other health professionals to optimize treatment plans.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Decision-making Expertise

    Applying critical thinking and analytical skills to make informed and effective decisions

    Interprofessional Collaboration

    Working with professionals from different disciplines to provide coordinated care or services

    Multicultural Awareness

    Understanding cultural variation and adapting behaviors and communication styles accordingly

  • Therapeutic Intervention

    Using proven strategies to help individuals or groups achieve positive outcomes

    Treat Injuries

    Providing medical care to individuals who have been injured or harmed


    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Assistant Athletic Trainer

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $61,464

Workplace Settings

  • Sports
  • Medicine
  • Entertainment
  • Education
  • Health and Wellness
  • Industrial

Employers of Alumni

  • Florida Bone & Joint Specialists
  • NovaCare Rehabilitation
  • Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan

Athletic training is an amazing career path due to its exciting nature, expanding fields and relationships you get to build on a daily basis. My advice for people wanting to pursue this career path is to do everything with intention and passion and never stop learning.

Victoria Williams
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