Substantive Changes

Substantive Change includes any major change in the program. In order to maintain accreditation, the Program Director must inform CAATE of any substantive change such as the appointment of a new Program Director, a change in the Program format, etc.  All substantive change documentation is now submitted within e-Accred. The following categories for substantive change are available.

  • Change of Program leadership where:
    • Program Director is new faculty member
    • Existing Program Director takes leave of absence
    • Existing faculty member appointed as a permanent Program Director
  • Change in degree (including level of the degree)
  • Relocation of program (change in department, school, or college)
  • Change in school or institutional accreditation status
  • Change in program resources from the university
  • Other

The documents required for each change are listed below in the appropriate category and can be uploaded to e-Accreditation. Documentation will be reviewed.  If additional information is requested, the program will have 30 days to respond.


Program Director Changes  Institutional administrators are responsible to complete a substantive change request and upload appropriate documentation within 30 days of anticipated or actual departure of the Athletic Training Program Director. Failure to do so will result in the program being placed on Administrative Probation. The CAATE Office will update the Program Director information in eAccreditation after review and acceptance of the appropriate materials. All other program administrators may be changed within e-Accreditation by the Program Director by adding a user to the User tab and then selecting that user as an official on the Officials tab.

Instructions and documents to be completed for Program Director change. All documents will be uploaded to the substantive change tab.

Program Director Change Procedures
PD and CEC Workload Table – Final
Faculty and Instructional Staff Table

Change of degree

Professional Programs transitioning from a baccalaureate to a post-baccalaureate degree OR Post-Professional Programs from a post-baccalaureate to a doctoral degree who are in good standing with the CAATE and in mid-cycle for accreditation may apply for continuing accreditation through this Substantive Change Request for Change in Degree Document.  In order for a program to submit the Notification of Intent, the program must answer ‘YES’ to all of the statements listed below. If the program is unable to answer ‘YES’ to all of the statements listed below the Notification of Intent will not be accepted.

  YES NO Date Approval Granted
Institution approval was granted for the post baccalaureate degree in athletic training
State approval was granted for the post-baccalaureate degree in athletic training

Alternatively, check yes, if state approval is not required, and program has appropriate documentation stating approval is not needed

Regional accreditor approval was granted for the post-baccalaureate degree in athletic training

Alternatively, check yes, if regional accreditor is not required, and program has appropriate documentation stating regional accreditor approval is not needed

An official transcript or a sample student transcript of an athletic training student can be provided with self-study materials (blind all student identifiers)


The Notification of Intent form must be uploaded to the substantive change tab via eAccreditation prior to your preferred intent deadline (see the dates below and check the available spots per cycle document on the CAATE website).  Once submitted, you will be invoiced electronically for $3000.   Please follow the instructions on the invoice for payment.  Once payment is received the program will be included in the Degree Substantive Change Review Cycle.  The Mini Self-Study will not be available in eAccreditation until payment is received. The Substantive Change Application (mini self-study) and all materials must be completed in eAccreditation no later than submission deadline associated with your intent date (see table of dates below). All materials submitted become the property of CAATE and will not be returned. All fees submitted are non-refundable and due at the time of application.  Failure to submit the application by the deadline will result in forfeiting the $3000 application fee. This substantive change application does not extend continuing accreditation past the original review date.  Application for a substantive change does not guarantee the change will be accepted.  After review of materials, the CAATE may deem that an on-site visit is necessary to ensure compliance with the Standards. If an on-site review is required, the institution will be charged a site visit fee of an additional $3000 ($6000 total) to cover expenses associated with the site visit.

Degree Substantive Change Review Cycles
Intent Due Mini Self-Study Due Availability
June 1, 2017 August 1, 2017 11
October 1, 2017 December 1, 2017 14
December 1, 2017 February 1, 2018 15
February 1, 2018 April 1, 2018 15
June 1, 2018 August 1, 2018 15
October 1, 2018 December 1, 2018 15
December 1, 2018 February 1, 2019 15
Substantive change with Comprehensive Review

May 1

Same deadline as Self-Study

July 1



The documents below provide detailed information regarding institutions desiring to voluntarily transition their existing Post-Professional program currently offered at the master’s level to a Post-Professional program at the doctoral level. This document does not apply to programs simultaneously offering Post-Professional programs at both the master’s and doctoral level.  Programs are allowed some overlap with students of both degrees, however a “teach out” plan for students enrolled in the program being dissolved is required as part of the change in degree  level request.  Once a program’s request for change in degree has been approved, the program will no longer be allowed to admit students at the previous degree level.  If a program is interested in transitioning the level of the degree in conjunction with a comprehensive review (self-study and site visit) please see the Substantive Change with Comprehensive Review Document.

Questions regarding this process should be directed to

Instruction and Application Forms


Multi-Campus, Program Expansion, Additional Program Location

Programs who would like to expand by adding an additional location (e.g. satellite location) must follow the specific accreditation procedures for establishing a new location. CAATE review and APPROVAL of the Expansion Application for an additional location is required prior to the admission of students into the additional location. The accreditation status of the current program does NOT apply to the additional location until all accreditation procedures for an additional location are successfully completed.

Programs will be limited to 4 additional locations under the accreditation status of the established accredited program. This limit is intended to ensure the quality of the education provided at each accredited location under the direction and leadership of one program director.

The multi-campus criteria form will help programs determine eligibility for multi-campus approval.  If the program meets the criteria, then the application form should be completed and submitted via the substantive change tab within eAccreditation.

Voluntary Withdrawal of Accreditation

The program that is voluntarily withdrawing  accreditation should use the following language on their website and other publicly available documents: “(Name of Program) is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The program has chosen to Voluntarily Withdraw its CAATE Accreditation effective (INSERT DATE).”

The program that is voluntarily withdrawing  accreditation and that is on Probation should use the following language on their website and other publicly available documents:  “(Name of Program) is currently on probation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The program has chosen to Voluntarily Withdraw its Accreditation effective (INSERT DATE).  The program will remain on probation until the Withdraw is effective and the program is closed.”