Application Process [Professional]

There are several essential documents to review when considering accreditation of a professional program in athletic training. Pursuing and Maintaining Accreditation of Professional Athletic Training Programs provides step-by-step instructions to professional athletic training programs that wish to pursue or maintain accreditation. The Standards for Accreditation of Professional Athletic Training Programs, (Standards) outline the specific standards that must be met by all accredited programs. Its purpose is to explicitly define the requirements to achieve and maintain CAATE accreditation of professional athletic training programs.

Accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental peer review process that strives to ensure quality and accountability, and encourage programmatic improvement By requesting accreditation, the sponsoring institution of the degree program agrees to be assessed against the Standards. The sponsoring institution of an accredited program must comply with these Standards and use them to examine, improve and report on its program’s growth and achievement. Accreditation involves a collegial process of self-review and peer review, involving three major activities:

  1. A self-evaluation (self-study) by an institution or program using the Standards described in this document and culminating in submission of a self study report to the CAATE.
  1. A peer review of the self-study and the institution during an on site visit to confirm the accuracy of the self-study and gather additional evidence of quality.
  1. A recommendation by the Review Committee to the CAATE who will make a final decision regarding accreditation.


Accreditation Application Process

Accreditation is a voluntary process.   A Comprehensive Review for Accreditation of an athletic training program will be conducted only after the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dean, and Program Director of the sponsoring institution has requested those services via formal application in eAccreditation, and  paid a  yearly accreditation service fee of $750.  Application does not guarantee accreditation will be achieved.

All programs submitting a Self Study are required to the Self Study fee of $5,000 with the submission of the self study.  Please note: should an institution require an invoice for the self study fee contact the CAATE Executive Office.