MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University’s athletic training program has received its initial accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP).

The accreditation period is awarded for five years.

Northern began pursuing accreditation in the mid 1990s and was awarded program candidacy status in 2000.  Last November, the Joint Review Committee on Athletic Training Education made a site visit to NMU and subsequently recommended the accreditation approval to CAAHEP.

“Accreditation is critical because beginning January 2004 students wishing to take the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification exam will be required to be graduates of accredited athletic training education programs,” said Julie Rochester, director of NMU’s program.

Northern is now one of six accredited athletic training programs in Michigan, the others being Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Hope College, and the University of Michigan.  Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚   

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Cindy Paavola
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