Concord’s Athletic Training Program Receives Accreditation

For Immediate Release: 
Aug 30 2004

Concord’s Athletic Training Program Receives Accreditation

Athens, W.Va. – The Athletic Training Education (ATEP) Program at Concord University was awarded accreditation by the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Vice President and Academic Dean, Dr. Dean Turner, made the announcement in a memorandum to the Concord University faculty and staff.

With the elimination of the internship route for certification (in December 2003), students who are interested in Athletic Training as a career must now attend an accredited undergraduate or entry-level graduate program. The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree from Concord University (a CAAHEP accredited undergraduate program) prepares students for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) examination. Students successfully graduating from the ATEP program will be eligible for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) examination.

Certified athletic trainers hold at least a bachelor’s degree – with 70 percent obtaining a master’s or doctorate as well. To earn the ‘ATC’ credential, candidates also must pass an extensive three-part examination that consists of: a practical examination, a written-simulation examination (scenario based) and a written examination (multiple choice). Once certification is earned, it must be maintained through yearly continuing education requirements.

Certified athletic trainers (ATCs) are ‘highly qualified, multi-skilled allied health care professionals’ (NATA, 2004) for athletes and individuals who lead physically active lives. Whether you’re a professional athlete or a factory technician, the ATC can help keep you performing at your best through the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of injuries.

“With the attainment of full accreditation, the students at Concord University are now part an elite nationwide educational system for athletic training education,” stated Jennifer Koerber, program director of the athletic training education program at Concord. “With successful completion of the NATABOC examination, students will be part of the privileged few who attain this distinction (certification).

“With people becoming more physically active and the need for certified athletic trainers on the rise, Concord University will prove to be a viable asset for students and the region alike. By receiving the academic accreditation, students that graduate from the Athletic Training Program here at Concord University will be able to find exciting and fulfilling jobs throughout the country and in this region as well.”

In 1990, the AMA recognized athletic training as an allied health profession, and in 1998, the AMA called for NATABOC-certified athletic trainers in all high schools, signaling further confidence in ATCs.

For more information or if you have any questions about the Athletic Training Education Program at Concord University, please contact the Program Director, Jennifer Koerber at 1-304-384-6063.