October 25, 2011
Athletic Training Education Program receives reaccreditation through 2015-16 academic year

Lees-McRae College is proud to announce that the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has awarded "continuing accreditation" to the Athletic Training Education Program. As stated in the approval letter "your program has been found to be in substantial compliance with the nationally recognized Standards for Entry-Level Athletic Training Education as supported by The American Academic of Family Physicians, The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the National Athletic Trainer's Association, Inc."

The Athletic Training Education (ATE) faculty and staff participated in a comprehensive evaluation process during the 2010-11 academic year. The process included a comprehensive self-study and a three-day onsite visit at which time representatives reviewed files; met with faculty, staff, students and alumni; met with the clinic's physician; and visited several clinical sites. The next site visit takes place during the 2015-16 academic year. Dr. Kacy Crabtree, dean of the faculty and vice president of academic affairs, announced the good news to campus in mid-October.

Many of our ATE graduates are working in the allied health profession as certified athletic trainers, physical therapists, massage therapists, occupational therapists and physician's assistants. Some ATE graduates also attended graduate school before working in the profession.

Congratulations are extended to all ATE faculty and staff:

  • Rita Smith, Director ATEP/Volunteer Chair of Division of Sport and Wellness Studies/ Asst. Professor/Senior Woman Administrator for Athletics/CIE
  • Bradley Huff, Instructor/Asst. Athletic Trainer/Clinical Coordinator/ACI
  • Joe Hawkins, Head Athletic Trainer/ACI/Adjunct Instructor
  • Michael Nyquist '03, Asst. Athletic Trainer/ ACI/Adjunct Instructor
  • Jill Sparrow, Asst. Athletic Trainer/ ACI/Adjunct Instructor

ACI = Approved Clinical Instructor
CIE = Clinical Instructor Educator

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