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Aug. 24, 2011

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SRU athletic training major earns CAATE re-accreditation


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s athletic training major, housed in the department of exercise and rehabilitative sciences, has received 10-year continuing accreditation status for its program from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education headquartered in Round Rock, Texas.

The accreditation was announced by Greg Gardner, CAATE president, in a letter to SRU President Robert Smith.

“Congratulations! As a result of a comprehensive evaluation of your institute’s Athletic Training Education Program, including a self-study and on-site visit, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education has voted to award Continuing Accreditation to the Athletic Training Education Program at Slippery Rock University,” Gardner wrote.

“The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education commends the faculty, staff and administrators at Slippery Rock University 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,” he said.

SRU’s athletic training program has received continuous accreditation since 1974.

“This is certainly another well-deserved accolade for an outstanding academic program,” Smith said. “We have long strived to ensure that all of our academic programs at Slippery Rock University meet or exceed national standards. Our athletic training program is a great draw for students, and they, and their parents, need to know our program is among the best in the nation. I congratulate all of the faculty directly involved in this program, and I thank all of those who peripherally aid the program’s success.”

“We are excited and thrilled to have again received the accreditation. It is hard work reviewing our program and making sure we are meeting and exceeding national standards, but it is equally exciting to know we are offering a great program to Slippery Rock University students,” said Jacqueline Williams, assistant professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences and program coordinator.

"Our department is certainly proud of our faculty who teach in the athletic training major. We know they are delivering a quality program and the recent CAATE re-accreditation confirms our view. This program has the potential to affect athletes at all levels, and we want our students to know they are receiving the latest information they can put into practice when they start their careers," said Patricia Pierce, chair of SRU's exercise and rehabilitative sciences department.

In addition to the self-study, which Williams said required 18 months of preparation, the program underwent a two-day site visit by outside reviewers who submitted their report and recommendations to the commission before its vote.

CAATE establishes its standards in conjunction with 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.

SRU’s next evaluation is scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

In June, SRU’s overall academic accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education was reaffirmed with accolades. Middles States is the outside organization that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities, ensuring that educational programs meet national standards.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.