Regents Approve New Major in Athletic Training

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The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved a new major, a bachelor of science degree in athletic training.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 15, 2006 — The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved a new major, a bachelor of science degree in athletic training.

Until now, the athletic training education program was an option within the bachelor of science in health management degree.

The proposal to implement a degree in athletic training is based on recommendations of the accrediting bodies for athletic training. Dr. Jane Stephens, Southeast provost, said the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) asked the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education  (CAATE) to take the lead in implementing a degree in athletic training. NATA recommends that the entry-level degree in athletic training be at the bachelor’s level. In addition, CAATE believes a degree in athletic training is essential for the appropriate recognition required of athletic trainers. Stephens said athletic training education programs will be required to have stand alone majors at their next accreditation site visit.

She says athletic training has been an option within the health management major for 10 years and continual program revisions have been made to improve the didactic content and clinical experiences for students and to keep pace with the ever changing demands of accreditation.

With today’s Board approval, the proposal will now be forwarded to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education for its consideration during the spring 2007 semester.