Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled healthcare professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education, training and the state’s statutes, rules and regulations. As a part of the health care team, services provided by athletic trainers include primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
South Carolina Regulations
Athletic Trainers currently must have passed the Board of Certification (BOC) exam as well as hold a certification through the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) in order to practice in the state. In June 2023, Governor McMaster signed into law Act No. 77 which transfers regulatory authority from DHEC to the state Board of Medical Examiners. This effectively moves South Carolina ATs from certification to licensure. Certifications will still be issued and renewed through DHEC until further notice. For more information please see the following links below.