Saginaw Valley State University’s (SVSU) Professional Athletic Training (ATP) is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) (Roundtree TX, www.caate.net). The Athletic Training Education Program at SVSU has evolved over the past 14 years.
In 1999, a program director was hired to begin the process of seeking accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Beginning the fall semester 2000, the athletic training major (BS) became a stand alone major.
The program had its initial accreditation site visit during the winter semester in 2003 and received initial accreditation during the fall semester 2003. During the 2004-2005 academic year, the ATP oversight and administration was separated from the SVSU Athletic Department (athletic training staff) and oversight of the ATP became the full responsibility of the Department of Kinesiology. During that year, students began completing clinical education experiences at off-campus sites. The athletic training room at SVSU became just one of several affiliated clinical education sites utilized by the ATP. Because of the increase in clinical sites, the preceptor to athletic training student (ATS) ratios were decreased to primarily a 1:3 or 1:2 ratio, which makes this ATEP unique. The ATP achieved continuing accreditation in March 2009 and successfully earned a 10-year accreditation by CAATE.
In 2010, a new program director was hired to run the day-to-day program operations. During the 2011-2012 academic year, a 1-year appointment position for Athletic Training was approved. During that same time period the ATP underwent a complete program curricular renovation to address the new NATA Educational Competencies 5th Edition and to improve pass rate on the BOC certification exam. This time period saw a tremendous growth in pre-athletic training major (~90), as well as applications to program. As a result, the 20122-2013 academic year resulted in the greatest number of students enrolled int eATP in the history of the program (43). The 2012-2013 academic year also saw the beginning of a new four year curriculum which included the addition of 6 new courses (KINE 234, KINE 235, KINE 335, KINE 436). During this same time, the ATP had 10 student presentations at the 2013 GLATA annual meeting, 5 of these were oral presentations. Additionally, 5 student posters were presented at the 2013 NATA annual meeting in Las Vegas.