Athletic training program receives accreditation

Northwestern College’s athletic training education program became accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on May 23.

Northwestern’s athletic training graduates are now eligible, under new CAAHEP guidelines, to sit for the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer test to become certified as athletic trainers.

Program director Jennifer Rogers, a kinesiology instructor and certified athletic trainer, oversaw the accreditation application process, which included a comprehensive self-study, on-site evaluation, review by the accreditation committee and finally approval by the CAAHEP board of directors.

Northwestern’s program will retain its accreditation until May 2010, when it will be eligible for renewal.

Rogers expects the number of athletic training majors to grow now that the college has an accredited program. Currently, six students have been accepted to the program.