7/23/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s Athletic Training Program has been granted 10 years of continuing accreditation following a program review by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
The comprehensive review, which included a self-study and an on-site review, took place earlier this year. AU’s Athletic Training program received its initial accreditation through CAATE in 2005.
Dr. Doug Fiore, AU’s interim provost, said he was very pleased with the review report. “Accreditation is an important guarantee that a specific academic program is living up to its mission and satisfactorily meeting the needs of its stakeholders, which include students, faculty, the University and the accreditation agency,” Fiore said.
Dr. Faye Grund, dean of AU’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences, also was pleased with the news, noting that “our program director and faculty work very hard to provide a program of excellence and a positive review by our accrediting body reaffirms that.”
In the letter from CAATE President Mark Laursen to Ashland University, Laursen noted “The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education recognizes the faculty, staff and administrators at Ashland University for your commitment to the advancement of education in Athletic Training, as well as your dedication to the preparation of qualified Athletic Training professionals. The CAATE appreciates the work and dedication required to obtain accreditation for your Athletic Training Program and the significant achievement it represents.”
Ashland’s Athletic Training Program, which is housed in the Department of Health Sciences within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is one of the most popular majors on the AU campus.
“Ashland’s undergraduate degree program in athletic training integrates the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined by the CAATE through didactic and clinical experiences in order to prepare the student to be a practicing athletic trainer,” said Dr. Dennis Gruber, chair and clinical assistant professor of health sciences. “Athletic training students at AU have been very successful in their professional endeavors. Eighty percent of our students are practicing athletic training across the country, while the others have pursued additional advanced degrees in DPT, PA, Accelerated Nursing and Ph.D.”
“This is a very good major for students because jobs in this field are increasing, especially with the ongoing research and concerns regarding concussions and sudden deaths related to the participation of younger athletes in youth and high school athletics,” Gruber said. “Students who graduate from our Athletic Training program, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, are able to take the Board of Certification Examination in order to obtain certification in athletic training.”
Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###