Athletic training grads excel on national exam
Thomas Kaminski

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1:13 p.m., July 19, 2010----Seven of the eight 2010 University of Delaware athletic training graduates who sat for the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) certification exam have passed on the first try.

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This represents a first-time pass rate of 87.5 percent -- more than twice the national rate, which is only 43.3 percent. The ninth member of the program's class of 2010 did not take the exam, as he has been commissioned into the U.S. Army as an officer.

“In this age of accountability and outcomes assessment in higher education, having such a benchmark as first-time pass rates on our certification examination is a true measure of success in our educational program,” says Thomas Kaminski, director of athletic training education at UD and professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology.

“I truly believe that what we have put together here at Delaware is the best formula for success and achievement for our students. Equally important is the dedication of our faculty, clinical staff, medical director and team physicians, graduate students, and students themselves toward undergraduate athletic training education. Our success translates into respect by many in our profession not only in the mid-Atlantic region, but across the country as well.”

Students and faculty in UD's athletic training program, one of some 350 undergraduate programs in the nation accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), have received a number of awards during the past year.

Most recently, graduate student Craig Oates received a 2010 Master's Scholarship from NATA, and Kaminski received NATA's Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Educator Award.

Kaminski is also the only certified athletic trainer in the U.S. with fellowship status in NATA, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).

Article by Diane Kukich


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