Athletic Training Program Receives Continuing Accreditation

Monday, September 21 2009

Written by Cheryl Dudley

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho's Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance recently was granted continuing accreditation by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education for its Athletic Training Education program.

Program Director Alan Nasypany and Assistant Professor for Athletic Training and WWAMI Medical Education Jeff Seegmiller have worked tirelessly during the past two years to ensure the effort was successful.

CAATE provides comprehensive accreditation services to institutions that offer Athletic Training degree programs and verifies that all CAATE-accredited programs meet the acceptable educational standards for professional entry-level athletic training education. All students must graduate from a CAATE-accredited program to sit for the Board of Certification Exam.

"It is a very exciting time to be involved with the program," said Nasypany. "During the past two years, we’ve completed a comprehensive review and initiated programmatic reform to create an innovative curriculum design that will lead the profession into the next decade.

"This reform has produced immediate results in the preparation of the Athletic Training students, as measured by the first time national board exam pass rates that are 83 percent better than the national average and nearly 200 percent better than historical pass rates among program graduates," said Nasypany. "We will continue programmatic reform throughout this year, culminating in a program that is well positioned to attain national prominence and deliver the highest quality athletic training education to our students."

The standards of education for accreditation by CAATE are established by 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.

The standards include objective criteria and academic requirements for specific and defined processes as well as programmatic outcomes for the evaluation. The standards are reviewed on a periodic basis to assure currency and relevance by the sponsoring agencies, as well as the colleges, universities and athletic trainers who utilize the services of the CAATE or who employ the graduates of CAATE accredited programs.

"I want to extend my appreciation to our medical director, Dave Rych, and the Athletics Department athletic training staff for their work and continuing commitment to the quality of our Athletic Training Education program as our primary clinical site," said Kathy Browder, chair of the HPERD department in the College of Education. "I also would like to recognize the efforts of our colleagues at Pullman Sports Physical Therapy, Moscow High School, Moscow Family Medicine, Moscow Mountain Physical Therapy, and Inland Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, who provide valuable clinical experiences for our students."

The Athletic Training Education Program is on a regular cycle for a next comprehensive review in 2013-14.
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