The Athletic Training program at Bethany College recently received continued accreditation by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). In its letter to the college, CAATE wrote, “the commission commends the faculty, staff, and administrators for your commitment to the advancement of quality education in Athletic Training, as well as your dedication to the preparation of highly qualified Athletic Training professionals.”
The program has been accredited by CAATE since 2008, according to Professor David Slack, athletic training program coordinator and chair of the health, physical education, and athletic training department at Bethany College. The mission of CAATE is to provide comprehensive accreditation services to institutions that offer Athletic Training degree programs and verify that all CAATE-accredited programs meet the acceptable educational standards for athletic training education.
The Bethany College athletic training major is designed to provide students with theory and practice in the athletic training profession. The program prepares each student to sit for and pass the Board of Certification examination at the conclusion of the three-year study. One requirement of accredited institutions is to maintain a 70 percent first-time pass rate on the certification exam.
“We are excited to say that our first-time pass rate is 83 percent and 100 percent for subsequent tries,” Professor Slack said.
Bethany graduates of the program work in intercollegiate athletics, high schools, some are in graduate physical therapy and one is attending medical school.