REVISED PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS OPEN COMMENT
The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) requests your feedback on the revised draft of the Standards for Accreditation of Professional Athletic Training Programs. This draft includes both the Operational Standards (program logistics) and the Curricular Content (what programs must teach). Both types of Standards are combined in one document that can be viewed HERE. This draft of the Standards incorporates feedback from the Athletic Training Strategic Alliance ( Board of Certiﬁcation, Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and the NATA Research & Education Foundation), CAATE physician partners, NATA committees, and the public open comment conducted during Summer 2016. These Standards are organized into the following categories:
Section I: Program Design and Quality
Section II: Program Delivery
Section III: Curricular Content
Section IV: Institutional Organization and Administration
Section V: Program Resources
Open Comment Process
The survey is designed so that you may comment on individual sections, or all sections as you see ﬁt. The Commission received feedback on the structure of the Open Comment survey during the last open comment, and has revised the survey process to allow respondents to exit the surveys and return to edit responses until the time at which each survey section is submitted. There is a single survey link provided below, but respondents are able to comment on each section individually. For the Operational Standards (Sections I, II, IV, and V) respondents will be asked to respond to certain Standards speciﬁcally, but will also have the opportunity to provide feedback at the end of each section where they can comment on any Standard. Because of the signiﬁcant revisions to Section III (Curricular Content), comment is requested for each Standard individually in that section. The open comment will remain open until July 31, 2017.
Stakeholder feedback is vital to Standard development. The Commission encourages everyone to participate in this process. Feedback will be categorized and then reviewed by both the Commission and the Standards Committee to help reﬁne the proposed Standards into their ﬁnal form for approval. While all comments and suggestions are welcome, constructive feedback that provides suggestions for change or improvement, or speciﬁc comments relative to impact to programs and/or institutions are most helpful and provide the best means for reﬁning the Standards.
Following this open comment period, the CAATE Standards Committee will complete one ﬁnal round of edits to the proposed Standards and then will forward a ﬁnal version to the Commission for approval. Once approved, the operational Standards (sections I, II, IV, and V) will apply only to professional programs at the master’s degree level. However, the Curricular Content Standards (Section III) will apply to ALL professional programs and will replace the Athletic Training Educational Competencies, 5th ed. The speciﬁc date(s) of implementation will be determined based upon completion of the development of the ﬁnal draft of the Standards, but will not occur before the 2019-2020 academic year.