Gannon University Master of Athletic Training Program Receives National Accreditation

Posted: March 30, 2016

The Gannon University Master of Athletic Training program has received accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program received accreditation for the maximum period of five years.

Gannon University now becomes one of only three schools in Pennsylvania recognized by the CAATE as having a professional, accredited master's program and the only one on the western part of the state. Gannon offers an accelerated 3+2 program, which is a two-year post bachelor's option.

Graduates of Gannon's Master of Science in Athletic Training are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification exam. Additionally, the CAATE has established the professional degree in athletic training at the master's level. In granting accreditation, CAATE evaluates109 standards including administrative processes, faculty resources, student resources, student learning outcomes and assessments. The Gannon University was found to have no areas of non-compliance in any of the standards.

"We are very pleased with the affirmation that CAATE has given to the University through the granting of the maximum five- year initial accreditation. This exciting news, coupled with the recent decision by the CAATE to require that all Athletic Training professional programs move to the master's level by no later than 2022, places Gannon University in a prime position to offer exceptional learning experiences at a level consistent with the strategic vision of the professional field," said Rebecca Mokris, D. Ed., assistant professor of sport and exercise science and director of the athletic training program. "March is National Athletic Training Month, and this news gives us even more reason to celebrate."