Come find out about Athletic Training
On and off the field, athletic trainers are dedicated to the well-being of athletes in their care. Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
Athletic Trainers work with individuals of all ages and fitness abilities. They are often first on the scene when an injury occurs to offer diagnosis and first aid.
What Will I Learn?
Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from a CAATE-accredited athletic training program.
Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. You will do 5 semesters of clinical rotations.
With three core faculty and collaborations available throughout campus, USM offers
a diverse array of research opportunities. The three core faculty in athletic training
are currently working on projects in Injury Prevention, Burnout in ATs and other healthcare
professions, and Concussions and Issues of Sport Culture.
The ability for graduate students to perform research helps provide a deeper understanding of how clinical care is impacted through evidence-based practice. It also gives students the opportunity to contribute to the field of athletic training by answering a question they find particularly interesting.
There are several scholarship opportunities available for athletic training students through the USM Foundation and Athletic Foundation. In addition to scholarships offered through the University, being a member of our national organization allows opportunity for scholarships from MATA, SEATA, and NATA.
Unique Program Requirements
Each student will take part in a full semester clinical immersion during their 2nd fall semester. The athletic training student will work side-by-side with a certified preceptor for 15+ weeks at a site that matches their future job goals. This will allow students to get a better understanding of the day-to-day workings of a job setting that they hope to pursue.
Athletic Training Clinical Experiences
Each student has the opportunity to practice clinical skills under the direction of our certified preceptors who are committed to teaching and learning while also serving as professional development role models. During the MSAT program, students will experience various settings (high school, Division I and/or NAIA college, junior college, clinic, etc...) and sports. Students will also complete a 15+ week immersive experience to further understand the demands of being a full-time athletic trainer.
All students will be required to have a clinical experience at a minimum of 1 high school and may have additional off-campus experiences as requested or as called for based on program needs. All off campus clinical experiences are within 25 miles of the USM campus and will require a reliable form of transportation, provided by the student.
Additional clinical experiences will be provided during the students’ 2nd summer semester. During this time, students will have the opportunity to work alongside physicians and physical therapists in several different settings and learn to interact with other healthcare professionals.
Specific Admission Requirements
All students must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning before starting the MSAT program. All students’ applications must be submitted electronically. All students will need to apply through the USM Graduate School website (Graduate Admissions) for admission to the university, even if they initially apply to the program through ATCAS (ATCAS Application). On each site, students will be required to upload a Cover Letter, Resume/CV, three writing prompts, minimum of 100 clinical observation hours, a signed technical standards form, and three letters of recommendation (professional and/or academic). A minimum GPA of 2.8 across all college coursework and a grade of ‘C’ or higher in all prerequisite coursework is required. Prerequisite coursework can be found on the USM Athletic Training MSAT bulletin page (USM Catalog). Following review of applications, select applicants may be contacted for an interview by College of Nursing and Health Professions faculty and staff from the Athletic Training MSAT Program Admissions Committee. Interviews will be either in-person or via Zoom. The Athletic Training MSAT Program Admissions Committee will make a determination based on an applicant's application and interview process.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Notifications of acceptance will be made as applications are reviewed until the program is full. Applicants will either be accepted, waitlisted, or denied entry into the MSAT program. Priority deadline to guarantee review of applications is February 15th and the final deadline for applications is May 15th. All students must submit a completed application through the USM Graduate School website, as this is the only way to officially be accepted to the University. The start of the program is in the summer semester, which typically begins around the end of May or the beginning of June.
Professional Licensure Disclosure
The University of Southern Mississippi MSAT is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 2001 K Street NW, Third Floor North, Washington, DC 20006 USA.
This program is designed to prepare students to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. Upon graduating, passing the BOC exam, and having or obtaining an approved emergency cardiac care card, individuals can apply for certification through the BOC and become certified athletic trainers (ATC). Certified athletic trainers can then apply for licensure in 46 states and the District of Columbia. Contacts for state licensure or other state regulations can be found on the Board of Certification website.
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- Secondary Schools
- Professional Sports
- Performing Arts
- Clinic and Hospital
- Physicians’ Offices
- Kevin Mangum, 1981
Assistant AT, New Orleans Saints
- Trinity McClain, 2021
George Washington Carver HS (via Children's Hospital of New Orleans)
- Stephanie Smith, 2004
Head AT, Jones College (via Hattiesburg Clinic)
- Evan Dauterive, 2009
Associate AD for Sports Medicine/Head Football AT, Louisiana Tech University