Athletic training program receives reaccreditation

Northwestern College’s athletic training education program has received continuing accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Standards for accreditation are set with the support of 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.

Northwestern’s athletic training education program was initially accredited in 2005. Jennifer Rogers, athletic training program director and instructor of kinesiology, oversaw that and the most recent accreditation review, which included a comprehensive self-study, on-site evaluation, review by the accreditation committee, and approval by the CAATE board of directors.

The CAATE-accredited status of the college’s program ensures that athletic training graduates are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer test to become certified as athletic trainers. Northwestern’s 2011 athletic training graduates achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the exam.

Northwestern’s next athletic training accreditation review will be in 2020–21.To learn more about athletic training and seven other academic programs offered by Northwestern’s kinesiology department, visit the department’s website.