TROY—Troy University's Athletic Training Education program has been granted maximum continuing accreditation by a well-established national organization.
The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) recognized TROY's program this year, something Dean of the College of Health and Human Services Damon Andrew says speaks for the program's high status nationwide.
"Our athletic training program at Troy University has a strong national reputation for producing quality graduates, and the reaffirmation from CAATE serves as yet another indicator of the premier status of this program," Andrew said.
AT Department Chair Dr. Amanda Benson said the University began the reaccreditation process with a self -study, and a team visited campus in October 2010 to meet with students and faculty and to view the clinic sites.
"Receiving maximum accreditation tells a lot about our faculty, our staff, our clinical instructors and our students," she said. "We have an extraordinary program with hardworking individuals."
TROY's Athletic Training major is a highly-competitive program, accepting only 15 students each year. Benson said she believes there are several aspects of the program that make the degree so attractive for students.
"We give our students individualized attention and hands on practical clinical experience, and we have people who have been in the profession and can offer our students a lot of that experience," Benson said. "Something else that is unique to our program, as opposed to other schools in the state, is we offer seniors the opportunity to do a full-semester internship offsite."
With nearly a decade of service at TROY, Benson has seen the program move its focus to outcome-based measures for students, expand its clinical sites and add new classes to the curriculum. She's been the program's director for the last four years.
Some faculty members in the department have been working at the University for more than 30 years.
"It's not just one person that makes this possible. This is definitely a team effort from everybody," Benson said. "We've been really lucky to have the support of our administration and University with our program."