Professional Education in Athletic Training White Paper
The NATA BOD has accepted and authorized dissemination of the report from the NATA’s Executive Committee for Education (ECE) workgroups that have been examining the topic of the professional degree for athletic training and whether the degree should be at the baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate level. This project, under the leadership of Sara Brown, MS, ATC and Jolene Henning, EdD, ATC, LAT, is the result of a collaborative effort among more than 40 ATs as well as administrators who possess an understanding of and commitment to the athletic training profession. The NATA BOD charged these groups to examine the professional degree level issue. As such, the findings are informational and do not represent formal statements of policy. It is believed that this paper will inform the continuing discussion on the issue of the appropriate professional degree in athletic training. There are a number of additional strategies that are being utilized to develop a final recommendation by NATA to the CAATE on this important issue including open discussions at the NATA convention and at each district meeting. Again, we reiterate that no decision about the appropriate level of professional education for athletic training has been made. That decision is ultimately the responsibility of the CAATE and as a NATA Strategic Partner, they have agreed to consider all available information in making that decision.
Courtesy of the NATA