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September 2004

Release Date: September 29, 2004

ASU Athletic Training Program Receives Accreditation

Angelo State University's Athletic Training Education Program has earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), becoming only the fifth undergraduate program in the state to be granted that status.

The CAAHEP announcement follows an April site visit by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Athletic Training. The ASU Athletic Training Education Program was established in 2000 and received candidacy status at that time.

The accreditation announcement followed a three-year process that included a self-study of ASU's education program, facilities, instructors and clinical sites. That process culminated with the April visit.

Accreditation is necessary for students from athletic training programs to take the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification examination and receive their certification to practice. ASU is the third university in the Lone Star Conference to receive accreditation and the first in the LSC's South Division.

Troy Hill, director of the ASU Athletic Training Program, said accreditation is not only a milestone for the program but also verification of the quality of education the university can provide students interested in entering the field.

"This is a growing profession because of the explosion of sports at all levels," Hill said. "The need for immediate injury recognition along with the importance of a safety emphasis at all levels of sport competition has boosted the field's growth. Our graduates are helping meet that need for athletic trainers, whether in the public schools, colleges or fitness centers."

Currently, 37 students are enrolled in ASU's athletic training program that leads to a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology with athletic training option. That degree was approved in 2000 to help meet the region's need for athletic trainers.

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