BS in Athletic Training
The Athletic Training Program (AT Program) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Students will complete select prerequisite courses while in the "pre-athletic training" major, and then complete a formal application process in the fall of their sophomore year for the "Professional Phase" of the program. Once students have completed all requirements for the AT Program, they can sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination to become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). The current accreditation status is “Active-in good standing.”
The practice of athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination and diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute, subacute and chronic neuromusculoskeletal conditions and certain medical conditions in order to minimize subsequent impairments, functional limitations, disability and societal limitations.
Athletic trainers’ work setting can include high schools, colleges, universities, professional sports teams, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, physicians’ offices, corporate and industrial institutions, the military and the performing arts. Regardless of their work environment, athletic trainers practice athletic training (or provide athletic training services) according to their education and state practice act.
Admission & Application Process
Students at Southern Miss who would like to apply to the AT Program should first declare athletic training as their major. Once the major is officially declared, an advisor in athletic training will be assigned to the student.
Students interested in applying must attend a mandatory application meeting held the second Thursday in September in KIN 105 at 4 p.m. If you cannot attend, you must contact Dr. Bill Holcomb in advance.
*Please Note* The application process for the AT Program takes place only during fall semester. The application process for admission into the program is competitive and merely completing the application process does not guarantee admission. A maximum of 16 students will be accepted each year.
- AT Program Plan of Study (PDF)
- Course Descriptions
- Course Competencies (PDF) - Outlines athletic training competencies and the courses in which they are covered
Eligibility for the BOC exam is contingent upon completion of a program accredited by the CAATE that must instruct the standard educational competencies within the curriculum. Passing the certifying examination is a requirement for licensure in most states. The average passing rate for first-time candidates from Southern Miss for cohorts graduating during 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 is 85 percent. The national average first time passing rate for all professional athletic training programs for 2013-2015 was 79 percent. The average passing rate for candidates from Southern Miss for cohorts graduating during 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 regardless of number of attempts is 90 percent.
Links of Interest
- Athletic Training Class Photos
- Southern Miss Sports Medicine (where AT Program students will complete the majority of their clinical internships)
- AT Program Estimated Additional Costs (PDF)
- Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
- Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC)
- National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA)
Program Contact Information
Dr. Bill Holcomb – Professor
P:(601)-266-6957 Email: Bill.Holcomb@usm.edu Room: KIN 217
Last Updated: 16 September 2015