Athletic training students at William Woods University now have an honor society to call their own.
WWU has been granted a charter in Iota Tau Alpha, the National Athletic Training Honors Society. The honors society is designed for athletic training majors who are performing at a high academic level. The organization has 29 chapters across the nation and more than 500 contributing members.
Having the opportunity to have an Iota Tau Alpha chapter on campus is an accomplishment in itself, according to Anthony Lungstrum, director of the athletic training program.
“It is an honor to have been awarded a chapter of the national honor society. It demonstrates that our program is a high quality and challenging educational program.”
To be considered for the honors society, students must have at least three semesters of academic work toward their degree, maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA, and be in good standing with the programs criteria.
The William Woods chapter has yet to induct anyone into the society, but there are prospective students within the athletic training program. A ceremony will be held during the second semester.
“We have some very bright students in our program that we want to recognize,” Lungstrum said. “Right now we have 24 athletic training majors on campus.”
He explained that the program received its initial accreditation in April of 2004 and is one of only 11 undergraduate programs and one graduate program in Missouri.
“Our first-time pass rate on the Board of Certification exam for the last three years is 74 percent, which is above the national average,” Lungstrum said. “For all attempts, our pass rate is 80 percent for the last three years.”
The objectives of Iota Tau Alpha are:
- To function as an honor and professional society for students of athletic training education
- To stimulate interest, scholarly attainment, and investigation in athletic training education
- To promote the dissemination of information and new interpretations of the society’s activities among students of athletic training education