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Athletic Training Receives Reaccreditation
Merritt Jenkins - 11/10/2021

Athletic Training Receives Reaccreditation


Lee's Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) was recently awarded a 10-year reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).


"I am extremely proud of all the hard work our faculty, athletic training preceptors, MSAT students, and supportive administration put in to accomplish this achievement," said Dr. Taz Kicklighter, director of the athletic training program. "It feels great to be recognized for our effort to make the Lee MSAT one of the best athletic training programs in the country."


In 2010, as a bachelor's degree, the Lee athletic training program was awarded its initial 10-year accreditation. In 2018, the program transitioned from a bachelor's to master's level program when the new CAATE standard required all athletic training degrees be awarded at the graduate level.


The 10-year reaccreditation is the largest period of time between accreditations allowed by CAATE and therefore only awarded to programs that demonstrate complete compliance with all administrative and curricular standards. New CAATE national standards were introduced in 2020, and the Lee MSAT was one of the first programs to be evaluated on the new standards. 


Kicklighter, along with assistant professor of athletic training Dr. Racheal Lawler, wrote an extensive self-study to demonstrate compliance with 54 administrative and 40 curricular standards over the course of the 2019-2020 academic year. The self-study, submitted on July 1, 2020, was subjected to extensive peer review and revision until it was resubmitted in December 2020.


In February 2021, the MSAT underwent a three-day virtual site visit where all aspects of the program were evaluated by a three-member peer-review team of athletic trainers.


Kicklighter came to Lee in 2010 and joined the full-time faculty in 2013. Prior to that, he was the head athletic trainer and an adjunct faculty member in health education sport studies at Reinhardt University.


The MSAT degree is a full-time, two-year program with 54 semester hours, including the first summer with optional international missions in the second summer. The MSAT provides students with blended teaching methods, hands-on clinical experiences, and a diverse exposure to various clinical internship settings.


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