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Pre-Athletic Training

Passionate about pursuing a career in athletic training? USD offers specialized programs and tailored coursework aimed at equipping you with the essential skills and knowledge needed for a successful journey into the field of athletic training.

Your Path in Pre-Athletic Training

If you're aspiring to become an athletic trainer, meticulous planning of your undergraduate program is essential to meet the prerequisites for admission to graduate athletic training programs. Athletic trainers, as highly-qualified health care professionals, collaborate with physicians to deliver a comprehensive range of services, including preventative care, emergency interventions, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic treatments and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Their expertise extends beyond sports, catering to various patient populations and addressing widespread workforce shortages in primary care support and outpatient rehab professions.

The University of South Dakota's pre-athletic training path is designed to give students the necessary education for athletic training school. While the program covers required coursework, are encouraged to consult the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) for information about how to apply to athletic training programs and should reach out to individual athletic training schools for specific admission requirements. It's important to talk to advisors to plan your studies according to the schools you're interested in.

This pre-athletic training program does not lead to a degree. Review the offering details below, as well as our frequently asked questions, to learn more about how the pre-athletic training program will shape your USD education and set you up for success.

Degrees & Offerings

Pre-Athletic Training

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USD's pre-athletic training program is crafted to prepare you for admission to athletic training programs. Graduating from this track won't result in a pre-athletic training degree; instead, you'll earn a degree aligned with your chosen major and the pre-professional curriculum will complement your primary course of study.

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Health Care Experts

The University of South Dakota stands as the pinnacle of health care education in the state, hosting South Dakota's only medical school. Renowned as the regional leader in health care education, USD provides comprehensive coursework across various health care disciplines. With an unmatched understanding of the health care landscape, we are dedicated to connecting students to the opportunities necessary to shape their path for the future.

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Incredible Research Opportunities

A unique aspect of your USD education is access to incredible undergraduate research opportunities. Through your academic department, you may have the opportunity to work in specialized research labs under the guidance of highly active faculty. You can also sharpen your writing skills by applying for undergraduate research grants at the university. By accessing high-quality research experiences as an undergraduate student, you can expand your education and set yourself apart in medical school applications.

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