UM Athletic Training Program Leads Nation After Perfect Accreditation Review

January 27, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana Athletic Training program recently received a perfect review from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The review marks continued success for Athletic Training at UM, and a long accreditation history.

“We strive for excellence and this review validates the efforts within the program, the Department of Health and Human Performance and the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences,” said Valerie Moody, director of the UM Athletic Training program and CAATE Review Team Member.

The Athletic Training program at UM was among the first in the nation and continues to lead the field as one of the fastest growing graduate programs at UM. The rigorous accreditation process ensures the program develops, maintains and promotes appropriate standards in educating students and providing professional and residency athletic training experiences.

“The Athletic Training Program boasts a 96 percent first-time pass rate on the Board of Certification Examination,” said Scott Richter, chair of UM’s Department of Health and Human Performance and CAATE Site Visit Member. “The support from University of Montana administration has been invaluable to our continued success.”

This type of recognition and accreditation process adds further validity to quality programs and stands as a benchmark of high-quality instruction, clinical experiences and faculty involvement, Richter said.

“This wonderful recognition of our Athletic Training program speaks volumes,” said Roberta Evans, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences. “The dedication of our athletic training and health and human performance faculty is unparalleled, and their hard work is reflected in the outstanding graduates that emerge from the program.”

To learn more about the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, visit http://caate.net/. For more information on the UM Athletic Training program, visit http://coehs.umt.edu/umat/ or call 406-243-4911.

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Contact: Peter Knox, communications and outreach manager, UM Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, 406-243-4911, peter.knox@mso.umt.edu.