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Athletic Training


The Athletic Training Program at Charleston Southern University is an undergraduate professional degree program within the College of Health Sciences. The university athletic training program is nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education  to prepare entry-level athletic trainers for the Board of Certification Inc.  certification examination.


The mission of the Athletic Training Program is to provide an educational setting and opportunities that demonstrate dedication to the preparation of servant leaders that excel in the field of athletic training.  The program encourages the academic and personal development of its students to prepare them for a career in which biblical truths guide their thoughts and actions as a medical professional.

Program Goals

  • Program graduates will develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities of a highly qualified health care professional in the field of athletic training with the ability to effectively work in a variety of clinical settings.
  • Program graduates will develop the skills and attitudes of a life-long learner through on-going professional development utilizing evidence-based practice that will directly impact the quality of their patient care.
  • Program graduates will develop the characteristics of an ethical clinician utilizing a servant-leader approach in an effort to impact the lives around them through the profession of athletic training

Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the requisite information and knowledge (by program level) of injury prevention and management, clinical examination and diagnosis, and therapeutic inventions necessary to treat injuries to the physically active population.
  • Demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to provide exceptional health care as an entry-level certified athletic trainer.
  • Comprehend and demonstrate when possible the use of modern equipment and technology utilized in the field of athletic training.
  • Demonstrate effective communication (verbal and written) with a variety of health care practitioners and other members of the health care team.
  • Demonstrate the use of evidence-based practice techniques by analyzing and applying current research in the field of athletic training.
  • Comprehend and demonstrate the rationale for professional continuing education in the field of athletic training.
  • Articulate the attributes of servant leadership in their role as a healthcare provider.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior consistent with the NATA Code of Ethics and the BOC Inc. Standards of Professional Practice.

The BS in Athletic Training contains 71 credit hours of specific coursework in athletic training. The program is designed in two distinct phases, preprofessional and professional. During the preprofessional phase, students are required to complete prerequisite courses and submit an application to be considered a candidate for the professional phase of the program. Formal acceptance into the program is required to graduate with a degree in Athletic Training.  

The professional phase of the program involves six (6) semesters of coursework including both formal classroom instruction and structured clinical education. The program prepares students in the areas of prevention and health promotion, acute care, clinical examination and diagnosis and treatment interventions of injuries and illnesses suffered by active individuals. Students are also instructed in the area of healthcare administration, evidence-based practice, and healthcare referral strategies. In addition, students are required to complete six (6) semesters of structured clinical education experiences with a minimum of 1,080 clock-hours. The clinical education portion of the program is completed under the direct supervision of athletic trainers and other healthcare providers at various locations including CSU, high schools, hospitals, sports medicine clinics, physicians' offices, and professional sports. The program is designed to ensure knowledge and skill development consistent with that of an entry-level, certified athletic trainer.  

The CSU ATP does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, marital status, or disability in the administration of admission and educational policies.  

Students who transfer, or participate in intercollegiate athletics, or whose time may be limited for other reasons, should anticipate additional academic time necessary to complete the major. 

Additional costs associated with the ATP can be found in the ATP student handbook.