Athletic Training Program Receives CAATE Reaccreditation

Athletic Training Program Receives CAATE Reaccreditation

On July 11, the CHHS Athletic Training Program received word from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) that the program had been reaccredited.

The program is one of few accredited in the state of North Carolina that is in compliance with all 109 standards.

“This accomplishment continues to emphasize the high academic standards we have within the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences,” said Steve Elliott, director of the school.

Elliott said the process took years to complete. It started with a year-long self-study that required narratives and supporting documents for each of the 109 standards. Once that was completed and electronically submitted, CAATE scheduled a site visit. During the site visit, two CAATE representatives asked questions regarding the self-study document, as well as interviewed university; school and program administrators; faculty; students; and preceptors.

Accreditation is mandatory in athletic training education in order for students to be able to take the national Board of Certification (BOC) exam. CAATE ensures that students are learning the necessary skills to be successful entry-level athletic trainers.

“This is the result of many hours of work from a dedicated team of people,” Elliott said.

The reaccreditation was issued for a maximum of 10 years before renewal.