Student Assistant Program
As a method of fulfilling the mission of the USC Athletic Medicine Program we offer multiple positions for university students to work as student assistants. Participation in the USC Athletic Medicine Program as a student assistant is an educational experience that is hard to duplicate. As a participant of the program, the student receives the opportunity to work directly with staff athletic trainers, physicians, and athletes of USC. Under supervision, the assistant will learn about every day operations, immediate care, and continual maintenance of the health of our athletes. Assistants in the program have the ability to learn to recognize, evaluate, and treat athletic injuries in addition to being exposed to many opportunities to acquire skills that will be beneficial in all health care fields.
After spending time as an athletic medicine student assistant our students typically pursue post-graduate education in medicine, physical therapy, and other allied health care professions. Our students usually major in kinesiology and biology but we accept applicants from all semesters.
NATA Certification Requirements
Due to a change in NATABOC requirements, one must graduate from an accredited CAATE curriculum program in order to be eligible to take the certification examination. The USC student assistant program IS NOT AFFILIATED with any accredited program. For more information on universities with accredited program, or on pursuing the profession of athletic training, please visit www.nata.org.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year based on department demands. However, the general application process begins in the Spring semester for the following academic year. A period of observation is required of all applicants followed by an interview with members of the athletic medicine staff.
BEING A STUDENT ASSISTANT IN THE ATHLETIC TRAINING ROOM
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Prior knowledge, experience, or training is not necessary. General knowledge of human anatomy and/or athletic injuries is helpful. First Aid and CPR certification are required. If you aren't current, we will provide an opportunity for you to become certified.
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
The following will need to be submitted:
Observation hours (10 hours per week) will be scheduled.
All spring applicants will be expected to work Spring Football.
WHAT WILL BE EXPECTED?
Professional attire (USC top/Khaki pants or shorts)
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?
For observers - initially 10 hours per week until Spring Football starts, and then
hours as assigned. Once hired, workers are expected to commit a minimum of 15 hours per week.
WILL I GET PAID?
There are limited funds to pay assistants. Priority is given to work study and
returning students. It is not common for first semester assistants to get paid.
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
We are looking for students who are:
Committed to putting in the time to assist us in caring for our athletes
Eager to make the best of the position as an opportunity to learn
Willing to treat the job as a priority
For more information contact:
Sandy Olsen, MS, ATC, CSCS
Director of Student Assistant Program
John McKay Center
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0602