Athletic Training Accreditation

The Colby-Sawyer College Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has been placed on Probation as of Feb. 23, 2018, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, Texas 78731-3101. The reason for this action is non-compliance with Standard 11, which oversees the three-year average first-time pass-rate for the Athletic Training Board of Certification Exam at a minimum 70 percent.

Pass Rate Table
CAATE-defined Fields 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 3 Year Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program 12 11 3 26
Number of students graduating from program who took examination 10 11 3 24
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 9 9 3 21
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 90% 82% 100% 88%
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 9 11 3 23
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 90% 100% 100% 96%

Historical BOC data is available in the Athletic Training Outcomes Report.

As a part of this probationary status the athletic training program will send a report to the CAATE to communicate updates on the actions being taken by the program to become compliant with Standard 11.

Potential Questions Regarding Probationary Status

What does the action of probation mean for students currently in the program?

All students enrolled in the athletic training program are eligible, providing program requirements are met, to continue through the major toward graduation with a Bachelor of Science in athletic training. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Athletic Training Board of Certification Exam.

What does this action of probation mean for new students entering into the program?

As a student entering into the athletic training major, provided you meet program requirements, you will be able to graduate with a degree in athletic training and be eligible to sit for the Athletic Training Board of Certification Exam.

When does the program expect to meet the 70 percent three-year aggregate first-time pass requirement for Standard 11?

The CAATE will review Standard 11 again in February 2019 during their annual meeting. At this time the three-year aggregate scoring will be based upon the graduating classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018 and the program is projecting compliance with a three-year aggregate first-time pass-rate at this time of 87.5 percent (23/26).

As of April 7, 2018, the program saw its three-year aggregate first-time pass-rate rise to 72.4 percent (21/29) which meets the minimum standard and provides the program with an 86 percent (18/21) first-time pass-rate over the past two cohorts.

Student Graduation, Retention and Employment Rate

Graduation Rate

Graduation rate (from U.S. Department of Education): measures the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree, or certificate seeking students by showing the percentage of these students who complete their degree or certificate within a 150 percent of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled. Graduation rate is calculated as: the sum of students with a graduated status divided by the total number of students in the cohort (excludes students with a deceased or Leave of Absence (medical) status).

*Beginning in the fall of 2014, the program switched from a secondary admittance for the Athletic Training major to a direct admittance.
Graduation Rate Table
CAATE-defined Fields 2015-16 *2016-17 *2017-18 3 Year Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program 12 11 3 26
Student Graduation Rate 92% 73% 30% 68%

Historical graduation rates are available in the Athletic Training Outcomes Report.

Retention Rate

Measures the percentage of students who have been admitted to the professional program who return to the institution to continue their studies the following academic year.

* Beginning in the fall of 2014, the program switched from a secondary admittance for the Athletic Training major to a direct admittance.
Retention Rate Table
CAATE-defined Fields 2015-16 2016-17 *2017-18 3 Year Aggregate
Number of students beginning program (cohort number) 13 15 10 38
Number of students returning for subsequent year 2 12 13 5 30
Program retention rate (%) 92% 87% 50% 79%
Number of students returning for subsequent year 3 (if applicable) 12 11 4 27
Program retention rate (%) 100% 85% 80% 90%
Number of students returning for subsequent year 4 (if applicable) 4
Program retention rate (%) 100%
Employment Rate

Graduate employment/placement rate: percentage of students within six-months of graduation that have obtained positions in the following categories: employed as an athletic trainer, employed as other and not employed. Employment rate is calculated as: the sum of students with an employed as an athletic trainer or employed as an athletic trainer and in a degree or residency program then divided by the total number of students in the cohort (excluding students with a not employed, due to military service, and deceased).

Employment Rate Table
CAATE-defined Fields 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 3 Year Aggregate
Number of students Employed as AT 9 8 2 19
Student Employment Rate as AT 75% 67% 100% 73%
Number of students employed as other 3 4 0 7
Student Employment Rate as other 25% 33% 0 27%
Number of students not employed 0 0 0 0
Student Not Employment Rate 0 0 0 0

Historical employment rates are available in the Athletic Training Outcomes Report.