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.”

Career Opportunities

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. Jeffrey Parr 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.

Program Plan

BOC Exam

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 the number of attempts is 95 percent.

Southern Miss Three Year Aggregate BOC Exam Passing Rates (PDF)

Links of Interest


Mississippi CAATE accredited program 


Program Contact Information

Dr. Jeffrey Parr - Interim Program Director Clinical Education Coordinator

P:(601)-266-6321 Email: Room: KIN 218


Last Updated: 5 June 2017