Southern's athletic training
program awarded accreditation
(Dec. 5, 2001) - The Athletic Training Educational Program (ATEP)
at Florida Southern College has been awarded initial accreditation
by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
of directors and the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs
in Athletic Training cited the program's "substantial compliance
with the nationally established accreditation standards." These
standards are established by CAAHEP, the American Academy of Family
Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Orthopaedic
Society for Sports Medicine, and the National Athletic Trainers'
accreditation in less than three years, about half the time normally
needed to gain approval. Its ATEP is one of five accredited programs
in Florida and among the first that offer a four-year clinical program.
"We are one of the few programs in the state that accept seniors
right out of high school into the program as part of the medical
staff," said athletic training program director Dr. Jamie Naughright.
To prepare for
accreditation, the department expanded its facilities, hired professors
with credentials in athletic training, and established a curriculum
committee to plan and implement the course work. Naughright credits
the joint efforts of faculty, support staff, senior administrative
officials, the board of trustees, the athletics department, and
athletic training students
in achieving a timely accreditation. Kathleen M. Benn, chair of
the physical education department, worked with Naughright in creating
the program. "It's great to see a vision become a reality when
talented faculty, staff, and students come together to work for
a common goal," she said.
The ATEP prepares
students for careers in teaching, professional sports, sports medicine
clinics, and corporate fitness settings.
information about FSC's athletic training program, please contact
Naughright at 680-4437.
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.