The Mercyhurst College Sportsmedicine Department announced today that its BS degree program in athletic training has earned national reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program is officially recognized as having met the standards established by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.
The significance of the Mercyhurst program’s reaccreditation is that it was approved for 10 years, the longest allowable term before a program must undergo the rigors of reaccreditation, said Bradley Jacobson, department chair.
“The extended reaccreditation length of 10 years verifies the quality of leadership, education and instruction by Sue Gushie, athletic training education program director; and Brad Sage, clinical education coordinator; as well as the other faculty within the sportsmedicine department,” Jacobson said. “The dedication and hard work of all of our athletic training students over the past 25 years has created an outstanding reputation, which has provided employment opportunities not only for themselves but for the future alumni of our athletic training major.
"Our faculty and students would like to thank the Board of Trustees, President Dr. Tom Gamble, Provost Dr. Jim Adovasio and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Phil Belfiore for their continued confidence and support. "
The mission of the Athletic Training Education Program at Mercyhurst is to provide students with the necessary didactic and psychomotor competencies, clinical proficiencies and experience, both academically and clinically, required to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.
Graduation from a CAATE-accredited athletic program is criteria used to determine a candidate's eligibility for the BOC examination. Certification by the BOC is required to practice athletic training in almost every state in the United States, including Pennsylvania.
Mercyhurst’s athletic training program began in 1985 and earned its first accreditation in 1993. The program is home to 52 majors.