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History & Tradition

The Athletic Training (AT) Program at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) has a long and proud history. EKU's AT Program first received approval by the National Athletic Trainers' Association in 1977. The AT Program received its initial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in 1991; followed by re-accreditation in 1996 and 2002. EKU was the first university in Kentucky with a nationally accredited AT Program, and until the fall of 2005, was the only accredited AT program in the Commonwealth. Since July 1, 2006, EKU's AT Program has been accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Graduates of the program have provided healthcare in a variety of settings; including professional sports, reputable colleges and universities, and as directors of sports medicine clinics. In addition, many have received professional recognitions such as entry into the national, district and state level Hall of Fames.

A more in-depth history of athletic training at EKU can be found in our six part, Inside Look series:

  1. Part 1: The Early Years
  2. Part 2: From Undergraduate to Graduate ATs (Post-Professional)
  3. Part 3: From Graduate to Full-time ATs
  4. Part 4: Education and Accreditation
  5. Part 5: The Dr. Barton Years 
  6. Part 6: The Move to the Professional-level MS in AT
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