Athletic Training program receives CAATE accreditation

Associate Professor Jaclyn Schwieterman with two students

Marietta College’s Athletic Training program, following a comprehensive evaluation, has once again received accreditation from the Commission of Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Sam Crowther, Chair of the Department, was CAATE accreditation is more focused on student and program outcomes.

“This insures quality in programs,” he said. “I am proud we have been able to meet and assess these outcomes including BOC exam first time passing rates and student placement in graduate level programs.”

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.

Marietta College has a long history with Athletic Training education beginning back in 1984 with Paul Spear developing the program that received accreditation back then from the National Athletic Trainer’s Association.

“Over the years the Athletic Training education has changed in regards to accreditation to where it is today with CAATE,” Crowther said. “The accreditation process takes almost two years beginning with a yearlong self study where we need to demonstrate compliance with 109 standards. This is followed by an on-site visit from CAATE representatives. Following the site visit the program responds to any non-compliance issues found during the site visit.”

Crowther added that the program is in the beginning stages of exploring an Entry-Level Masters program for Athletic Training — something that will be required for all Athletic Training programs beginning in 2022.