by Public Relations Office
April 28, 2005
Cedarville, OhioThe Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) has officially accredited Cedarville University`s athletic training education program. This honor means that all Cedarville students who graduate with a degree in athletic training automatically will be qualified to take the Athletic Trainer, Certified (ATC) exam administered by the Board of Certification.
CAAHEP is the largest specialized accrediting agency in the health sciences field. The Commission reviews and accredits more than 2,000 educational programs in 21 health science occupations across North America.
The accreditation process was laborious. Dr. Evan Hellwig, chair of the department of athletic training, explained, "Following a mandatory candidacy period, we submitted a self-study that addressed the accreditation standards of our athletic training education program. Last spring, a CAAHEP team of site visitors interviewed faculty, administrators, students, and alumni to verify that the material in the self-study was accurate."
On May 7, two Cedarville seniors will be the first to graduate from the newly accredited program. Twenty-five more are in the process of completing their degrees.
Cedarville has offered a degree in athletic training since 1994. Generally more than 80 percent of the program`s graduates who attempt the Board of Certification exam earn the ATC title.