News release (May 30, 2012)


Manchester’s newly accredited athletic training
master’s degree praised for classroom-clinical integration

Recipients of Manchester University’s Master of Athletic Training diplomas this spring are the first Indiana graduates of a program fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

“This is a significant step for us, because only graduates from accredited programs may take the exam to become Certified Athletic Trainers,” says Mark Huntington, program director and associate dean of academic affairs. In receiving the initial CAATE accreditation, Manchester now offers the only certified entry level Master of Athletic Training program in Indiana. Only 27 accredited entry level master’s programs exist in the nation, according to the Commission.

Manchester’s integration of classroom and clinical experiences and the collegiality of the faculty athletic trainers provide a seamless transition from classroom to clinical experience, said the CAATE evaluators, who also had praise for the “spacious and well-equipped” athletic training facility on the North Manchester campus.

Manchester’s two-year Master of Athletic Training program provides hands-on, clinical preparation for practice in high schools, colleges, professional sports, hospitals, clinics and industry, says Huntington. Athletic trainers help prevent and treat injuries, and often are the first health-care professionals on the scene when injuries occur, recognizing, evaluating and assessing injuries and providing immediate care.

Athletic training jobs are expected to increase at least 30 percent this decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most states, including Indiana, require licensure as well as national certification to practice as an athletic trainer.

Manchester’s entry level master’s program is designed for students who have bachelor’s degrees in other disciplines. For more about the program, visit and click on Graduate and Professional Programs.

Manchester also has a vibrant undergraduate program in athletic training. Nationally accredited since 2000, its graduates also are certified athletic trainers at universities, with national sports teams, in clinics and in graduate programs.

For more about the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, visit

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