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The National Athletic Trainers Association  states that Athletic Trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by ATs comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a health care profession.

The goal of the CSU Athletic Training Program is to provide an educational setting that promotes excellence in the field of athletic training within a Christian environment. In doing so, the CSU ATP prepares students to become well-rounded, clinically sound, entry-level certified athletic trainers. 

The CSU Athletic Training Program has a rigorous academic and clinical education program spanning three years with a strong emphasis in clinical examination and diagnosis of injuries and illness sustained by physically active patients. In addition, the coursework and clinical experiences provide future athletic trainers with the knowledge, skills and abilities to function as an integral member of the health care team.  

We are glad you are interested in the Athletic Training Program and the profession of athletic training. Please spend some time visiting our website to obtain additional information regarding our program and the profession of athletic training. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the CSU ATP faculty. 

Please Note:

Based on approval by the Southern Association of Schools Commission on Colleges, the Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training is no longer offered as a major for undergraduate students at Charleston Southern University.  Courses will still be offered until students accepted into the program under the 2014-15 Undergraduate Catalog or before may have an opportunity to complete their course of study.

The BSAT/Athletic Training Program (ATP) will transition to a professional Master's degree (MAT) program by summer 2017. This transition is being made in response to changes within the athletic training profession and in order to maintain a high-quality educational experience for athletic training students. Final applications to the undergraduate ATP will be accepted spring of 2015 for a fall 2015 admission to the professional phase of the ATP (see Admission Requirements). This last cohort of students admitted to the BSAT (professional phase) for fall 2015 must complete the program by no later than spring/summer 2018 to be eligible to take the national Board of Certification, Inc. examination for athletic trainers. There will be no exceptions. If students do not complete the BSAT by spring/summer 2018, they have the following options to attain certification exam eligibility: transfer to an accredited program at a different university, or seek admission to the new MAT program at CSU. For further information, please contact the director of the athletic training program.  All current students admitted to the professional phase must also complete the BSAT by spring/summer 2018 to be eligible for the BOC Inc. examination for athletic trainers.

More information regarding the Master's of Athletic Training (MAT) degree, click here.

Brian J. Smith, MS, ATC, SCAT
Director of the Athletic Training Program