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UNCP’s Athletic Training Education Program earns accreditation

September 11, 2007

The Athletic Training Education Program at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke was notified in August that it has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).


Susan Edkins

The accreditation, which will not require review for five years, was the culmination of a four-year process. It went very smoothly, said Susan Edkins, coordinator for athletic training.

“This is a very successful conclusion to a lengthy process,” Edkins said. “Our reviewers said it is rare for a first-time program to encounter no major compliance issues.”

The program produced its first six graduates in May 2007, who are taking their national certification examinations and moving into the job market. The market for certified athletic trainers is diverse, including work in high school, collegiate and professional sports as well as in industry, military and medical settings, such as physician’s offices and sports medicine clinics.

ath_training_ed_accred_1.jpgUNCP’s Athletic Training Education Program is built on a faculty of six certified athletic trainers and a state-of-the-art facility. Located in a 7,000 square-foot wing of the English E. Jones Athletic Complex, the program features a hydrotherapy room with a rehab and a hot-and-cold plunge pool.

“The athletic training faculty possesses a great depth of both academic and hands-on experience,” Edkins said.

“We are very fortunate to have strong administrative support at UNCP,” Edkins said.  “The CAATE reviewers noted that one of our greatest strengths was the support we have from top administrators: Chancellor Allen C. Meadors, Provost Dr. Charles Harrington, School of Education Dean Dr. Zoe Locklear, department Chair Dr. Tommy Thompson and Athletic Director Dan Kenney. Without their support we wouldn’t have the facility we have. 

“We have equipment here that students at many other schools only read about and our students are able to utilize the equipment in real life situations with our student-athletes,” she added. “For instance, on the treadmill in our rehab pool, athletes are able to maintain cardio-vascular fitness as they rehabilitate, so they can return to competition faster.”

ath_training_ed_accred_2.jpAccreditation will help the program grow, Edkins said. It has 10 majors this fall.

Students apply for admission to the Athletic Training Education Program in the fall of their sophomore year. Admission is competitive with eight prerequisites, a GPA requirement and 50 hours of observation. The Athletic Training Education Program is a five semester, 120-hour program with a requirement of 900 clinical hours.

For more information about the Athletic Training Program at UNCP, please call  910.521.6480 or email