Today, Salisbury University announced its withdrawal from the Commission of Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, ending SU’s Athletic Training Program, according to SU's website and a schoolwide email from Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs, Karen Olmstead.
Students currently enrolled in the program will be permitted to finish and earn their degrees; however, SU's Athletic Training Program will be unavailable to students, effective June 2022, according to the email.
According to SU's website, the program was initiated by SU in 2016, requiring 42 credits unlike other schools who required a total of 60 credits. SU credentials differed to provide students with an affordable program option.
The program, although financially beneficial, has grappled with enrollment, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is a reason for program's withdrawal, according to the email.
Although the program will end, students looking to pursue a career in athletic training may continue to do so through SU's School of Health Sciences, according to the email.
For additional information, please refer to SU's website.
By OLIVIA BALLMANN
Graphic image by Michael Cotterino.