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Learn more about Athletic Training at Manchester College!


Re-accreditation ensures

athletic training majors at Manchester

continue to stretch their opportunities


Students majoring in athletic training at Manchester College seem to get all the breaks:


         They get to intern with professional hockey and baseball teams, and the San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts

         They do well on their certification exams. Since the program’s inception in 1984, Jim Read and 25 other grads have passed the athletic training certification exam on the first try. That success rate far exceeds the national average.

         They are studying in an accredited program that meets nationally recognized standards, making them eligible to sit for that certification exam.


The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education has re-accredited Manchester’s athletic training major through the 2009-2010 academic year, when the commission will conduct another comprehensive evaluation. The accreditation brings the support of The American Academy of Family Physicians, The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and The National Athletics Trainers’ Association, Inc.

Commission Chair Paula Turocy commended Manchester for its “commitment to the advancement of quality education in athletic training, as well as your dedication to the preparation of highly qualified athletic training professionals.”

Manchester will have 47 athletic training majors this fall, said Professor Mark W. Huntington, director of the program. Huntington started the program in 1984; today, the program has three full-time faculty members and five adjunct faculty members.

Fifty-five MC grads are certified athletic trainers, including Jim Read, who now is an athletic trainer and physical education teacher at Concord High School, in Elkhart, Ind.

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