CAATE Accreditation Status and Program Outcomes

To satisfy the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) requirement, this page offers the annual and three-year aggregate results of the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam Pass Rates for students graduating from Northern Illinois University's Athletic Training program. The program was placed on probation effective February 24, 2017 by the CAATE.

The Northern Illinois University Athletic Training Program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The program has chosen to voluntarily withdraw its CAATE Accreditation effective May 8, 2021.

Student BOC Pass Rate

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

3-Year Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program 21 18 17 56
Number of students graduating from program who took examination 21 18 16 55
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 15 9 7 31
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 71% 50% 44% 56%
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 19 15 10 44
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 90% 83% 62% 80%
*The CAATE requires programs to maintain a three-year aggregate first time pass rate for the BOC of 70% or greater. NIU's athletic training program was within 8% of maintaining compliance with this standard and is currently working to address the issue.

Student Graduation, Retention, and Employment Rate

Student Graduation Rate

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

3-Year Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program 21 18 17 59
Student Graduation Rate 100% 75% 77% 84%

Student Retention Rate

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

3-Year Aggregate
Number of students beginning program (cohort number) 21 24 22 67
Number of students returning for subsequent year 2 21 19 19 59
Program retention rate 100% 79% 86% 88%
Number of students returning for subsequent year 3 21 19 18 58
Program retention rate 100% 79% 82% 87%

Student Employment Rate*

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

3-Year Aggregate
Number of students employed as an Athletic Trainer 14 13 8 35
Student Employment Rate as an Athletic Trainer 67% 72% 47% 62%
Number of students employed as "other" 1 1 2 4
Student Employment rate as "other" 5% 6% 12 7
Number of students not employed 2# 2# 2# 6
Student Not Employed Rate 10% 11% 12% 11%

*Rate is calculated on the percentage of students who have obtained positions at six months after graduating through alumni surveys. Therefore, the calculations provided represent substantiation of the truthfulness of the job placement data; however, do not include every member of the most recent graduating class.

# identifies students who are not employed due to enrollment in another degree program (e.g. Physical Therapy, Master's degree other than AT)