Athletic Training Program receives national accreditation

The Athletic Training Education Program at Southern Nazarene University was recently awarded national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on January 31, 2004.

SNU is the only university in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area with a recognized athletic training program of its kind, joining only four other schools in the state to offer an accredited program.

“The profession of Athletic Training has gone through a process of educational reform in recent years, resulting in a new set of standardized educational requirements for athletic trainers,” said Dr. Sylvia Goodman, Athletic Training Program Director. “By becoming accredited, we will be able to continue to serve the educational needs of our students who wish to pursue a career in this profession.”

Three site visitors from the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Athletic Training (JRC-AT) were on campus for two days in October 2003, investigating the university, inspecting the facilities, reviewing the funding for the program, interviewing students and reviewing faculty credentials. Based on their findings, the JRC-AT recommended the SNU program for accreditation with CAAHEP.

“The accreditation process went very well,” said Goodman. “The accreditation agency was confident in the strength of our program, awarding us with accreditation for the next five years. We were very pleased with the outcome, as most schools typically receive accreditation for three years at a time.”

“Most importantly, this accreditation will allow our students to challenge the national board exams in Athletic Training, enabling our program to assist students in reaching their professional dreams. We anticipate tremendous growth in this undergraduate program and believe that this accreditation will lead to the development of a graduate program in athletic training.”

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For more information, contact Dr. Sylvia Goodman at 405.717.6263, e-mail sgoodman@snu.edu, or log on to www.snu.edu/kinesiology.