June 22, 2006
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SRU’S ATHLETIC TRAINING MAJOR
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock
University’s athletic training major has been re-accredited
for five years by the Florida-based Commission on Accreditation of
Allied Health Education Programs, the nation’s largest
accreditor of health sciences programs.
“For graduates to become certified
athletic trainers, which opens up many more job options, they have
to graduate from an accredited athletic training program,”
SRU’s Bonnie Siple, assistant professor exercise and
rehabilitative sciences and athletic training chair, said.
“The job market is really opening up in the areas of
wellness, military and industry, and this endorsement will
re-accredited the major after reviewing SRU’s curriculum,
faculty and job placement success, Siple said. CAAHEP reviews
more than 2,000 educational programs nationwide annually, according
to its Web site.
trainers specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and
rehabilitation of injuries sustained by athletes and the physically
active. They work for professional sports teams, at high schools
and colleges, clinics, hospitals and other settings requiring
major has been accredited since 1974, Siple said, and has 120
majors enrolled for fall semester.
a diverse field,” Siple said. “Athletic trainers cover
poor posture, wellness, first aid, weight loss, blood pressure
reduction and numerous applications with the physically
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