Program Description

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Purdue University’s history of athletic training education is long and rich. The legacy of athletic training at Purdue belongs to William E. “Pinky” Newell.  Universally recognized as a founding father of modern athletic training, Mr. Newell served as Head Athletic Trainer at Purdue from 1949 through 1976.  He served as Executive Secretary for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Inc. (NATA) from 1955 to 1968.  Mr. Newell was a strong advocate of formal education for athletic trainers and stressed this ideal long before the concept of an “accredited curriculum” became a reality.  Purdue received initial NATA approval for the Athletic Training Program in 1973 and is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).