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February 2001

Release Date: February 12, 2001

ASU Athletic Training Program Receives Candidacy Status

Angelo State University's Athletic Training Program has been accepted into Candidacy Status for Curriculum Accreditation by the joint Review Committee on Education Programs in Athletic Training (JRC-AT).

Achieving candidacy status is the first major step in the process to become a program fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

All athletic training programs will need to be accredited by January 2004 in order for students from those programs to take the National Athletic Trainers Association certification examination and ultimately receive their certification to practice.

Presently, ASU is the only university in the Lone Star Conference to achieve candidacy status and one of eight in Texas to advance to this level, reported Richard K. Bomgardner, ASU's head athletic trainer. Three programs in Texas are among the 133 nationally that are currently accredited.

Now that ASU has achieved candidacy status, the program will begin a two-year self-study and assessment. After the self-study is completed and forwarded to CAAHEP for review, the accrediting body will send a team to ASU for a site visit, likely in the spring of 2003. After the site visit, ASU's Athletic Training Program will be considered for full accreditation.

Bomgardner said the process should be complete by 2004 in time to meet the deadline set by the National Athletic Trainers Association.

Currently, 24 students are enrolled in the athletic training program at ASU. Meeting earlier this week, the Texas State University System Board of Regents approved a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology with athletic training option. That degree offering will become effective with the start of the fall semester and is designed to meet workforce needs in the region.

Students enrolled in the program will take biology courses in human anatomy and physiology as well as a variety of kinesiology courses in wellness, exercise physiology, biomechanical analysis and 19 hours of courses specific to athletic training.

Bomgardner said ASU's Athletic Training Program is not accredited and will not be accredited until it successfully completes its candidacy phase, its self study and the site visit.