Standards

The Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Post-Professional Athletic Training Residency Programs (Standards) are to be used for the development, evaluation, analysis, and maintenance of post- professional athletic training residency programs. Via comprehensive and annual review processes, CAATE is responsible for the evaluation of a program’s compliance with the Standards. The Standards provide minimum academic requirements; institutions/entities are encouraged to develop sound innovative educational approaches that substantially exceed these Standards.

The Standards document also contains a glossary of terms used throughout the process; the definition provided in the glossary must be applied as stated.

Clarification to Standards and Glossary
The clarification listed below was approved by the Commission and was released to the public in November 2015.

  • Inherent in any Standards that pertain to establishing policy is the assumption that the programs must also abide by those policies. Failure to do so will be cited as non-compliant with the associated Standard.

Clarification to Standards and Glossary
The clarification and edits listed below were approved by the Commission in September 2016 and were released to the public in November 2016.

  • (EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2017) New Standard: The sponsoring organization must demonstrate honesty and integrity in all interactions that pertain to the athletic training program.
  • (EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2018) Standard 21: Assessment Measures: The residency program’s aggregate organizational data (as defined below by the CAATE) for the most recent three years must be provided.

The program’s employment rate in athletic training for the most recent three cohorts within 6 months of program completion.

• The program’s retention and completion rates for the most recent three academic years.

(Retention rate (modified from United States Department of Education): Measures the percentage of accepted residents who are seeking who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.)

(Completion rate (modified from United States Department of Education): Measures the progress of residents who began their studies as full-time residents by showing the percentage of these residents who complete their program within a 150% of “normal time” for completing the program in which they are enrolled.)

The changes to Standard 21 subsequently impact Standard 22, although the wording of Standard 22 remains the same.

Standards:

2014 Residency Standards