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Athletic Training Program receives accreditation

Athletic TrainingMuskingum University’s Athletic Training program, which trains students as healthcare professionals to specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing, and rehabilitating injuries, has received necessary approvals from the Commission for the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the University announced today.

“Everyone at Muskingum University is grateful to our outstanding faculty and staff for their hard work and dedication to this cause,” said Muskingum University President Susan S. Hasseler. “Our Athletic Training program is very demanding and challenging and will help our students achieve the highest possible levels of competency to effectively serve their communities.”

Athletic Trainers are credentialed through the Board of Certification of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. Colleges and universities that prepare Athletic Training students to sit for the national exam do so under the authority of the CAATE. To be accredited means the program has been reviewed by a group of experts and determined to provide a quality education. Muskingum’s Athletic Training program had to be compliant in 109 accreditation standards.

“As our program continues to grow and gain interest among our students, this was an essential milestone for us and a major achievement,” said Muskingum University Director of Athletic Training Ken Blood. “Now that we’ve received accreditation, athletic training majors at Muskingum, having completed their coursework and real-world experience working with our athletes, can seek credentialing and begin their important work.”

The Muskingum athletic training program is one of the newest academic programs on campus. The program’s first group of students, seven in total, graduated during the University’s Spring Commencement in May 2017. Athletic Training students are taught and assessed in over 350 educational competencies and must complete both on-campus and off-campus clinical rotations, involving several area high schools and healthcare providers. Today, 31 students have been accepted into the highly competitive program.

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization currently incorporated in the State of Texas, and is recognized as an accrediting agency by the Council of Higher Education (CHEA).