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Concord University's Athletic Training Education Program Re-Accredited
Athens, W.Va. - Concord University’s Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) has been awarded continuing national accreditation for a term of 10 years, Dr. Joseph A. Beckett, associate professor and director of the ATEP, is announcing.
Beckett said the 10-year designation is an “incredible” award and quite an accomplishment for the ATEP at Concord.
“Programs traditionally and almost always receive no more than a five-year term of continuing accreditation,” he said. “On very rare occasions, the CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education) would award top programs a seven-year term of continuing accreditation. Receiving a 10-year award of continuing accreditation places the Concord University ATEP in an extremely select group, as compared to the approximately 350 or more other accredited ATEPs in the United States.”
“I see Concord as a leader of sports medicine in this area,” he said.
Concord’s ATEP is “quite young” according to Beckett and this is only the second re-accreditation evaluation the program has undergone.
His career experience and background have played a significant role in leading the program to its current re-accreditation status. A native of Bluefield, Beckett has 28 years of higher education experience at several different institutions and a proven track record in assisting programs to become accredited or re-accredited. He frequently serves as an external consultant and CAATE-accreditation site visitor.
The CAATE evaluation includes a self-study and an on-site review. The following CAATE sponsoring agencies helped establish the national standards used in the evaluation process: The American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Inc.
Concord’s ATEP offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in athletic training. Beckett said that upon receiving the degree, graduates have several options.
“Upon graduation, they are eligible to sit for the national exam which is very difficult. If they pass, then they can work in a school, college, university, clinic, in industrial rehabilitation…get experience on the job,” he said.
Graduate school is another option along with additional education to become a physical therapist or physician’s assistant.