Green Bay, Wis.— The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program earned valuable accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). CAATE is the current standard for professional athletic training programs as recognized by the Council for Higher Education.
“This is a very important achievement for the UW-Green Bay MAT,” said Program Chair William Gear, “Accreditation from the CAATE allows graduates of the MAT to sit for the certification exam administered through the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC). The Green Bay region provides a multitude of clinical education experiences for our students that prepare them for employment in a variety of healthcare settings.”
At UW-Green Bay, motivated students can earn an accredited MAT degree in only two years. In addition, the Greater Green Bay area is a sports-rich community, offering a wealth of clinical opportunities. Students can gain experience from a range of professional, minor league, collegiate and high school sports franchises or market-leading medical systems.
Athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries resulting from physical activity. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a licensed physician, and in cooperation with other healthcare professionals, athletics administrators, coaches and parents. Athletic trainers may be found in a variety of environments, including high schools, colleges and universities, professional athletics, medical and rehabilitation facilities, and military locations.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 16 percent in the next decade as demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase as people become more aware of the effects of sports-related injuries, and as the middle-aged and older population remains active.
“Accreditation” is review of the quality of higher education institutions and programs. In the United States, accreditation is a major way that students, families, government officials, and the press know that an institution and/or program provides a quality education.