Who We Are
The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving the public and profession by establishing and ensuring compliance with accreditation standards that facilitate quality outcomes, continuous improvement, innovation and diversity to enhance athletic training education.
The CAATE provides educators and clinicians resources and information to stay informed – and compliant – with accreditation standards. The Commission knows that leading in this way improves health care outcomes.
The CAATE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA).
CAATE’s CHEA Scope of Recognition
The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredits professional and post-professional programs in athletic training at the baccalaureate and master's degree levels and non-degree residency programs in specialty areas of athletic training within the United States and internationally (2019).
Learn more about CHEA recognition.
What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is review of the quality of higher education institutions and programs. In the United States, accreditation is a major way that students, families, government officials, and the press know that an institution and/or program provides a quality education.
- A voluntary quality assurance process
- A peer review course of action
- A method of validation
- Recognition that an institution/program has met standards set forth by the peer-reviewing body
Serving the public and profession by establishing and ensuring compliance with accreditation standards that facilitate quality outcomes, continuous improvement, innovation and diversity to enhance athletic training education.
Advancing clinical practice and improving health care outcomes through promotion of excellence in athletic training education.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Within Athletic Training
The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) is committed to equitable representation for all, including students, faculty, staff and key stakeholders regardless of nationality, ethnicity, race, religion, age, sex, marital status, socioeconomic status, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, or veteran status. An inclusive environment improves the quality of health care in athletic training community relations and positively affects the health and wellness of our communities. Learn more about our committment and recent work.
Always partnering with leading groups striving for excellence in health care, the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Athletic Training (JRC-AT) was incorporated in Texas in October 1991. The JRC-AT was a Committee on Accreditation under the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP); effective June 30, 2006, the JRC-AT became independent from CAAHEP and changed its name to the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
The CAATE is the agency responsible for the accreditation of more than 260 professional (entry-level) Athletic Training programs, 7 Post-Professional Degree Programs and 12 Residencies.
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Inc. (NATA) cooperate to sponsor the CAATE and to collaboratively develop the Standards for Entry-Level Athletic Training Educational Programs.