ATHENS — Concord University’s Athletic Training Program (ATP) has been granted 10 years of Continuing Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
This is the highest CAATE accreditation status a program may earn. The program received a similar 10-year award in 2009 after earning initial accreditation in 2004.
The CAATE is recognized as an accrediting agency for professional level athletic training education by the Council for Higher Education. The organization’s evaluation includes a comprehensive review with a self-study and an on-site review.
Concord’s ATP offers a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree. The program offers clinical assignments and observation opportunities within multiple professional settings including collegiate, high school, physical therapy, chiropractic, and general medical and orthopedic physician clinical rotations.
Athletic trainers specialize in the prevention, evaluation and rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries and conditions. A student completing a degree in athletic training is eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) National Certification Exam.
Upon successfully passing this exam an individual would earn the credentials “ATC.” This certification would allow the professional to work in a variety of environments as an athletic trainer such as schools, sports medicine or physical therapy clinics, professional sports, orthopedic physicians’ offices, performing arts, military, and industrial areas to name a few.