The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has voted to approve a request for a degree change for its Athletic Training Program from a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training to a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT), effective immediately. The accrediting body’s review concluded that the King’s College Athletic Training Program has no citations and is compliant with all reviewed standards. CAATE’s next comprehensive review of the program will be performed during the 2024-2025 academic year.
This change is a significant one for the Athletic Training program, which has been accredited by CAATE since 2001. Beginning in 2022, the athletic training profession will require a master’s degree from an accredited program before a candidate is eligible to sit for the Board of Certification Examination and practice. This change prompted the College to enhance its Athletic Training program to offer master’s level courses.
We exceed the national average for both first-time and overall pass rates on the Board of Certification Exam, which is proof that we prepare our graduates for success. We accomplish this in a variety of ways including:
- Comprehensive reviews built into courses so that past material is connected to new material for reinforcement
- Competency-based learning, in which students are taught in a step-wise progression, gaining and demonstrating mastery as they move through the program
- Specific learning modules on test-taking skills to help students prepare to take standardized, computer-based tests
- Use of official Board of Certification practice exams to help students identify areas in which they are strong and those in which they need improvement
- Use of exam questions in AT Program courses that mimic the types of questions used in the Board of Certification exam