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Bethel College athletic training program earns first accreditation

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs has awarded Bethel College’s athletic training program a five-year accreditation. The program, which is part of the Health Management Department at Bethel, began in 1994 as an internship and became a full major in the 2002-03 academic year.

This is the first accreditation for the program. The process began in the fall of 2000, said director Russ Graber.

"We collected data and made program improvements during a three-year candidacy period," he added. "This culminated in submitting a detailed self-study and hosting a three-day site visit in March 2004."

The accreditation is effective through September 30, 2009.

Accreditation means that students graduating with a major in athletic training from Bethel College can now sit for the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification exam. Only graduates of accredited institutions can take the national exam.

"The five-year accreditation represents an extraordinary achievement for Bethel College," said athletic director and chair of the Health Management Department Diane Flickner. "We are thrilled to be able to offer our students the opportunity to complete an academic major in athletic training and to pursue careers in allied health education."

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