The CAATE has compiled frequently asked questions for students, professionals and post-professionals. Find answers to your questions below.

PROFESSIONAL FAQS - General Questions

If the question is specific to a program, please submit the question via email the to the CAATE Office (support@caate.net).  Many questions may be able to be answered by office staff, but occasionally questions need to be brought to the Commission for a definitive answer.  Questions forwarded to the Commission will be addressed on monthly conference calls if received a minimum of two weeks prior to the call.  Final official responses will be emailed to the individual or the program(s) submitting the question(s).


The regular CAATE logo is reserved exclusively for use by the CAATE, and unauthorized use of the CAATE logo is a violation of copyright and trademark law.  Accredited programs are encouraged to use the CAATE Accredited Program Seal that is available for download from the CAATE website (https://caate.net/professional-program-documents-and-resources/). All CAATE logos and seals must be used exactly as they were created, without changes in color, verbiage, typeface, or otherwise altering their appearance.

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The CAATE does not release information that is not already publicly available on institutional websites.  Requests for information should be made in writing to the CAATE (support@caate.net), and should include an explanation of intended usage of any information provided.

All Program Official changes, with the exception of the Program Director, may be done online through eAccreditation.

Program director change can be completed by logging into eAccreditation and selecting the “Substantive Change” tab and then selecting Program Director Change. Changes to the program director should be submitted 30 days in advance of the change occurring. If problems are encountered when trying to access to eAccreditation please contact the CAATE office via phone or by email at support@caate.net

The preceptor does not need to sign the affiliation agreement. The person signing must have the authority to sign on behalf of the facility and their employees. For example, at a high school, signing authority might reside with the principle or superintendent, at a clinic it might be the CEO, etc. For colleges/universities, it is usually a president, dean or their designee. There may be a contracts office at the college/university that handles these types of agreements. Remember if the preceptor is employed by one facility (i.e., a clinic) and is supervising students at another facility (i.e., a high school) then there must be an affiliation agreement or MOU on file for both facilities.

If both sites are under the governance and management by the college/university then no affiliation agreement is required. If the health center is managed by an outside entity (i.e., outside physician group or clinic), then an affiliation agreement would be necessary.

A substantive change is any change made to the program that may result in a change to the delivery or process of program administration.  Examples of substantive changes include change of degree level being offered, change in program leadership (i.e. Program Director), major curricular changes, institutionally internal relocation of program (e.g. change in department in which program is housed), or a change in resources from the University.  All of these changes can be submitted in the ‘Substantive Change’ section on eAccreditation.

Yes, the CAATE accepts credit cards for program transactions.  The directions for paying via credit card are contained within CAATE electronic invoices. The CAATE office does NOT take credit card information over the phone.

All programs will submit a flat fee of $5,000 ($10,000 for international programs)with their self-study. All expenses for the site visit will be covered from these funds. Programs will no longer be invoiced for expenses after a site visit. Invoices for this fee are sent upon submission of the program’s self-study in eAccreditation.  Review of the program’s self-study materials will not commence until payment of this fee has been remitted.

Yes, all accredited programs pay the yearly accreditation fee. The annual accreditation fee schedule for each program type can be found on the CAATE website. The self-study/site visit fee covers the cost of reviewing the self-study and all related site visit costs, but not the cost of yearly accreditation. The annual accreditation fee is invoiced in the beginning of August and is due 60 days after the invoicing date.

Under the CAATE system of accreditation, accreditation is a continuing process. Should a program not submit the self-study at the required time, the athletic training program will be placed on probation and ultimately, may have its accreditation removed involuntarily. All self-studies are due July 1st. If a program’s accreditation certificate says 2019-20, the self-study is due July 1 of 2019. The site visit must occur during a window of dates determined by the CAATE, in the fall of 2019 or spring of 2020. The program director and the site visitors (once they are assigned) mutually agree on the date of site visit. Self-studies are submitted within the eAccreditation system.

No, your site visit does not have to be in the same semester as in was in your previous site visit.

All programs will now submit self-studies through e-Accreditation. The self-study tab in e-Accreditation will become available to programs one year prior to the due date of the program’s next comprehensive review (July 1 of each year). Programs that are not within one year of their accreditation cycle will have access to the Assessment Module.

The Site Visit Committee assigns a site visit team to each program. The names of the site visitors will be emailed to the program director. If there is a conflict of interest, the program director must contact the CAATE Office. If there is no conflict of interest, the site visit team is notified. The site visit chair then contacts the program director to schedule the site visit at a time that is agreeable to the institution and to the site visit team.

You can add a new user by navigating to the ‘Users‘ tab and selecting ‘add user.’ You can then assign them as a Program Official by navigating to the ‘Officials‘ tab.

You can review your Annual Report by navigating to the ‘Annual Report’ tab and then the ‘Review‘ tab. You can then go through each section to review any comments. The Annual Review function is made available to the programs immediately once the Annual Report has been reviewed and accepted by the CAATE

The CAATE does not track the number of graduates by state. The Board of Certification (BOC) may have the number of ATCs by state.

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Yes, an individual who instructs within the athletic training program, but is not responsible for core AT courses are considered Associated Faculty.  This includes those who may have a split appointment with another institutional department, college, or school.

While the DPM should be encouraged to participate in the program, and can be a valuable asset, the Standard explicitly states that the Medical Director must be a licensed MD/DO.

There is no longer an ‘ACI’ designation or a requirement for the preceptor to be credentialed for a year. The program, however, should evaluate the newly credentialed healthcare professional’s ability to provide quality clinical education experiences for students in the program while they themselves are transitioning to practice.

No, there is nothing that needs to be submitted to the CAATE to notify a change in CEC.  You will need to make the changes in eAccreditation in relation to officials as well as faculty profiles. Additionally, Standards 16 and 17 (2012 Professional Standards) may need to be adjusted with regard to FTE and PD/CEC course load, if that changes with this transition.

Because the knowledge, skills, and abilities in the Athletic Training Educational Competencies are of a higher skill level than first aid or ECC, students do not have to have formal certification in either of those areas. The content must be taught and evaluated, but there is no requirement to have “cards” to document instruction. Documentation might be completed through the curriculum module/matrix and/or in the course syllabi in which the content is taught and evaluated. Please note: Candidates who sit for the BOC exam MUST have documentation of ECC for verification.

The 2012 Standards do not state that students need to have a physical.

Typically the institution will stipulate how many years student records should be kept.  The CAATE doesn’t require a certain time period, although it does state which records must be kept for students within your program (Standards 98-105, 2012 Professional Program Standards).  Programs should keep in mind their specific outcome measures and how those are measured.  For instance, if a program’s plan regarding a specific outcome states a specific timeframe for intended change or measurement, then the program would need to maintain student records for that time period to demonstrate plan effectiveness and outcome monitoring.

The competency (5th edition) analysis and mapping to courses are independent of each other, since many of the competencies will go across courses. The red boxes on the competency analysis will turn green once the competency is mapped to at least one instructional method and one evaluation method (of course you can map many more). The competency analysis is all about teaching/evaluating and the courses will map the competency to a course. You should be able to see whether something is mapped to the course on the course page. You will also see the methods and weather they are mapped or not. You do not have to upload syllabi to map. You will see the “upload missing” message in the syllabi box. The competencies only turn green when they are mapped to at least one instructional method and one evaluation method. That process is independent of matching to specific courses, as it is the expectation that competencies will be addressed in several courses thus they don’t turn green until mapped to the instructional method(s) and evaluation method(s).

BOC exam candidates who are enrolled and/or registered in their final semester/quarter prior to graduation from a CAATE accredited program are eligible to sit for the BOC exam. Qualified candidates for the BOC exam must receive confirmation of their eligibility on their exam application by the Program Director indicating that they have earned or will earn their Bachelors or Masters degree. This confirmation is of eligibility only, not an endorsement of skill/competence to pass the BOC exam. If the Program Director of a CAATE accredited athletic training program refuses to confirm eligibility for the exam application to allow a candidate to sit for the BOC exam, the student may mail the BOC an official transcript with degree and date of degree posted in a university sealed envelope and a written request for the BOC to confirm eligibility. The Program Director cannot prevent an eligible student from sitting for the BOC examination. If the program wishes to set up criteria for students to progress within the program or for graduation, the program may do that, provided that criteria are consistent with institutional policies and communicated to the student upon entrance into the program. It is assumed that if a student is not competent to practice, then such a student would not have been able to progress through, complete, and graduate from the program.

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