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As of spring 2018, the Charleston Southern Athletic Training program received 10 years of CAATE continuing accreditation. The Athletic Training program is now accredited through the 2027-2028 academic year. 

Mission Statement

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 grounded on an evidence-based approach. The program encourages the academic and personal development of its students to prepare them for a career in which biblical truths and evidence-based practice guide their thoughts and actions as a medical professional.

The Program

The National Athletic Trainers Association states that Athletic Trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by ATs comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a health care profession.

The CSU Athletic Training Program is an educational setting that promotes excellence in the field of athletic training within a Christian environment. In doing so, the CSU ATP prepares students to become well-rounded, clinically sound, professional certified athletic trainers. The CSU Athletic Training Program has a rigorous didactic and clinical education program spanning 24 months with a strong emphasis in evidence-based clinical examination and diagnosis of injuries and illness sustained by physically active patients. In addition, the coursework and clinical experiences provide future athletic trainers with the knowledge, skills and abilities to function as an integral member of the health care team. 

We are glad you are interested in the Athletic Training Program and the profession of athletic training. Please spend some time visiting our website to obtain additional information regarding our program and the profession of athletic training. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the CSU ATP faculty. 


Brian J. Smith, DHSc, SCAT, ATC
Director, Athletic Training Program
(843) 863-7399

Program Highlights

  • Charleston Southern University has built a reputation, not only in the Lowcountry of South Carolina but throughout the United States as a top tier Christian university.
  • In spring 2016, CSU opened a new 2,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Athletic Training Program Lab.
  • The Athletic Training Program, initially accredited in 2003, has a history of excellence on the Board of Certification (BOC) exam and in the profession of athletic training with alumni across the United States.
  • The university sponsors other health and medical profession programs that engage in interprofessional education and practice.
  • CSU’s M AT program is the first and only professional master’s program in the state of South Carolina
  • The graduate program is committed to providing diverse, authentic, and immersive clinical experiences.
  • Biblical truths are infused in the program’s core values.