Athletic training education program earns CAATE accreditation award

Marietta College's Athletic Training Education Program, following a comprehensive evaluation, has received continuing accreditation from The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

The evaluation included an exhaustive self-study and an on-site visit.

"These standards emphasize that the education for athletic training students prepares students for a wide variety of employment settings," said Sam Crowther MS, ATC, chair of Marietta's athletic training education program.

Marietta's program has been found to be in substantial compliance with the nationally-recognized Standards of Entry-Level Athletic Training Education that were established with the support of the following sponsoring organizations: The American Academy of Family Physicians, The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and The National Athletic Trainers' Association, Inc.

Accreditation is important because in order to be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification Exam for Athletic Training, a student must graduate from an accredited athletic training education program.

"The accreditation is not only a reflection on our curriculum, but also our faculty in the Department of Sports Medicine, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Math and our off-campus clinical sites as well," Crowther said. "I am just happy I was able to steer the program in the right direction to bring it into compliance with the new education standards for athletic training education."

Marietta's next comprehensive review for athletic training is scheduled for the 2011-12 academic year.