Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Human Performance and Health Education

First Advisor

Dr. Debra S. Berkey

Second Advisor

Dr. Michael G. Miller

Third Advisor

Mary C. Schutten

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only


On June 21, 1990, the American Medical Association recognized athletic training as an allied health profession. Since that time, a major shift in education has been occurring to create a more rigorous standard of accreditation. Eighteen recommendations were developed by a commissioned task force and approved by the National Athletic Trainer's Association Board of Directors at their December 1996 meeting. The purpose of this research was to qualitatively analyze how CAAHEP accredited athletic training education programs were transitioning into the new educa tional changes. Nine subjects were chosen based on rigid criteria and each were given a 14-item telephone survey, which was developed by the researcher, at their convenience. The subjects consisted of eight males and one female and their institutions were classified as Baccalaureate level, Master's level, and Doctoral level of the Carnegie Classifications. The telephone survey was recorded and took approximately 60 minutes to complete. Immediately following the interview, the recording was transcribed. After all the interviews were completed, patterns were delineated between each of the institutions.

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