Athletic training students, faculty and staff are celebrating at William Woods University. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) recently announced the accreditation of WWU’s Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP).
“This is a truly significant accomplishment for the university, the division and the department,” explained Tom Stueber, athletic training program director. “I foresee the program growing in terms of numbers of students and with that growth I expect to see the program become more competitive.”
Athletic training students are preparing to work in the areas of prevention and care of athletic injuries. At William Woods, they follow a prescribed course of study in exercise physiology, kinesiology, orthopedic and non-orthopedic assessment, therapeutic exercise and rehabilitation, therapeutic modalities, nutrition, personal health, human anatomy, human physiology, first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation and general psychology.
Students gain hands-on experience and acquire clinical skills in internship and practicum courses under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer.
The accreditation of the university’s program comes at a very significant time. In January 2004, educational reforms in the athletic training profession eliminated the internship option for receiving certification, allowing only students who graduate from accredited programs to take the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) exam.
The accreditation process, which requires a minimum of two years of candidacy, consists of five phases, including: application, candidacy, self-study, a site visit, a recommendation to the Joint-Review Committee on Athletic Training and a CAAHEP board decision.
The WWU athletic training program entered into candidacy in Fall 2000, submitted the application for accreditation in June 2003, hosted the site visit team in November 2003 and received an approval by the CAAHEP board in April 2004.
The self-study, a comprehensive program analysis, evaluates approximately 60 specific standards, of which new programs average 15 areas of non-compliance. William Woods was only cited for one.
“I am extremely proud of our athletic training staff and the hard work they put in to attain the accreditation,” Marshall Robb, chair of the division of human performance, said. “Tom and the rest of the staff have done an outstanding service for the university and our students.”