Athletic Training Education Program Reaccredited for Five Years

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The Athletic Training Education Program at Southeast Missouri State University has been reaccredited for five years. It was first accredited in 1998.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Aug. 8, 2006 – The Athletic Training Education Program at Southeast Missouri State University has been reaccredited for five years by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Southeast’s athletic training program, based in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation, was first accredited by the Commission in 1998.

“Accreditation means the program can exist,” said Dr. Joe Pujol, chair of the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation at Southeast. “In order to practice as a certified athletic trainer, students sitting for the certification exam have to graduate from an accredited program.”

Beginning in January 2004, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association required all candidates for the Board of Certification for athletic training exam to graduate from an accredited program. Certification of athletic trainers ensures high standards of care in professional practice.

“We know we have a quality program,” Pujol said, adding the first-time pass rate on the certification exam by Southeast students far exceeds the national average.

In a letter to Southeast President Kenneth W. Dobbins, Paula Turocy, CAATE chair, commended Southeast for its commitment to the advancement of quality education in athletic training and for its dedication to the preparation of highly qualified athletic training professionals.

Athletic trainers are employed in a variety of settings, including public and private high schools, colleges and universities, the professional sports arena, sports medicine clinics, corporate health programs, health clubs, clinical and industrial health care programs and the military.

Southeast’s athletic training program provides students many opportunities to earn essential first-hand experience in their career field. Students have the opportunity to complete five clinical experiences supervised by a certified athletic trainer at an affiliated clinical site.

During these clinical experiences, students have the opportunity to work under the supervision of certified athletic trainers who work with some of Southeast’s Division I athletic teams, including football, baseball, softball, volleyball, gymnastics, men and women’s basketball, cross country and track and soccer. Students also have the chance to work with local high school teams, under the supervision of certified athletic trainers.

These practica are designed to give students a variety of experiences in as many settings as possible in order to broaden their skill base and acquaint them with the diverse environments in which a certified athletic trainer can work. Each athletic training student also completes a 480-hour internship before graduation.