Athletic Training Program
The Athletic Training Program at Charleston Southern University is an undergraduate professional degree program within the College of Nursing and Allied Health. The university athletic training program is nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Educationto prepare entry-level athletic trainers for the Board of Certification Inc. certification examination.
The mission of the Charleston Southern University 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.
The BS in Athletic Training contains 71 credit hours of specific coursework in athletic training. The program is designed in two distinct phases, pre-professional and professional. During the pre-professional 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 from Charleston Southern University 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, physician’s 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.
The CSU ATP has demonstrated excellent success on the Board of Certification Inc. certification examination for athletic training averaging a first time pass rate of 80%.