Impact of CAAHEP accreditation on the internship route to national certification in athletic training at NCAA III and NAIA colleges and universities
The purpose of this study is to determine the perceived impact of CAAHEP accreditation on athletic training internship routes among athletic trainers in the NCAA III and NAIA divisions. Ten Athletic Trainers from NCAA III and NAIA institutions offering internship routes in athletic training were interviewed using a questionnaire developed for this study. A majority felt that if the internship route was eliminated, it would have a negative effect on their athletic training programs. Alternative actions were suggested for institutions not able to accommodate accreditation standards such as: increased work study budgets, consortiums with accredited institutions, and Pre-athletic training programs. Institutions offering the internship route will be affected by its elimination. This will dictate that programs reorganize and develop innovative ideas to meet accreditation demands and provide adequate athletic training coverage to the athletes. Additional research should continue to evaluate the accreditation process during the transition stages.