History of Athletic Training at EKU: Part 6 – The Move to a Master’s in Athletic Training (2003-Present)
Since the pseudo-retirement of Dr. Barton in 2003, EKU has had a series of four program directors; Alice Wilcoxson (2000-04), Dr. Joseph Beckett (2004-2008), Dr. Eric Fuchs (2008-2016) and Dr. Matthew Sabin (2016-present). During their tenures, EKU has kept its accreditation status with CAAHEP and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Other athletic training programs began to sprout up across the state. Five institutions had undergraduate athletic training programs by 2013. In 2014, Dr. Eric Fuchs led the initial steps to transition the program from a bachelor’s level program to a professional Master’s in Athletic Training Program. At this time, there were discussions of a required change from professional level bachelor’s education to master’s programs but no mandate had been issued. Once the mandate was finalized, paperwork was submitted to the institution and state to create a new degree and upon approval paperwork was submitted to the CAATE for a substantive change. The application for a substantive change was submitted in May of 2015 and approval was given in the early fall.
In the summer of 2016, EKU admitted the first cohort of professional MS in AT students with an anticipated graduation date for Spring 2018. The curriculum at this point included all of the required competencies and included several full-immersion experiences. Information on the current MS in AT Program at EKU can be found on the Program’s website (http://athletictraining.eku.edu/master-science-athletic-training).
Matthew J Sabin
Published on June 21, 2018