Coe College has supported students' interest in the athletic training profession through an "internship" model since the early 1980's. During this time students were exposed to select course work which focused on injury prevention, recognition and initial management. Within this "internship" model students also had opportunities to learn some of the "hands-on" techniques the certified athletic trainer would utilize when treating and rehabilitating an injured athlete. In the early 1990's Coe College added a collateral concentration in athletic training which expanded the course work available in athletic training for interested students. Under the collateral concentration students were required to complete another major (for example: physical education or biology) while also adding elective courses in athletic training in order to graduate.
In 1999 the Coe College faculty and administration approved a proposal to create an athletic training major. In August 2000 the athletic training major first appeared in the College catalog. With the new athletic training major in place students would now receive additional course work related to: injury evaluation, therapeutic modalities, rehabilitation, clinical athletic training and administration. Also, the new athletic training major enabled the college to pursue initial accreditation for the athletic training education program from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
In 2000, the athletic training education program began the self-study process with the goal of obtaining initial accreditation from CAAHEP. In the Fall 2002 the program underwent an extensive on-site review by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Athletic Training (JRC-AT). During this on-site visitation the JRC-AT examined our program's compliance with the published 2001 Standards & Guidelines related to academic course work and the clinical aspects of the program.
On July 17, 2003 the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) granted initial accreditation to the Athletic Training Education Program. This distinction makes Coe College the only institution in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) and the first within the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) that is able to offer a CAAHEP-accredited athletic training education program.
In July 2006, all entry-level athletic training education programs which were previously CAAHEP-accredited transitioned to the new accreditation agency responsible for overseeing the educational preparation of athletic trainers entitled: Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The next comprehensive CAATE-accreditation review for Coe College is scheduled to occur during the 2008-09 academic year.
Ultimately, the Coe College administration, athletic training faculty and clinical instructor remain committed to providing an athletic training education program that develops well-rounded, critically-thinking athletic training professionals. Since the athletic training education program's initial accreditation in July 2003 this commitment has resulted in three key areas. First, 60% of our athletic training graduates have passed the national Board of Certification, INC (BOC) examination on their first attempt. Second, 91% of our athletic training graduates have been placed in graduate programs throughout the country to pursue advanced degrees in: athletic training, physical therapy, physician assistant programs and chiropractics. Finally, 100% of our athletic training graduates who have not pursued advanced degrees have found employment throughout the country as certified athletic trainers in sports medicine clinics, as well as in high school and collegiate athletics.