Accreditation and
the Athletic Training Milestones

The AT Milestones are not a required element of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) standards for professional, post-professional, or residency programs. In fact, the AT Milestones were not developed for the purpose of mapping directly to the educational content required in CAATE accredited education programs. However, the AT Milestones can be used to help provide evidence of compliance with various standards across all levels of CAATE accreditation. The AT Milestones can be of great value throughout clinical education including communication with preceptors, and the assessment of a logical progression of increasingly complex and independent patient and client experiences.

Most notably, however, the AT Milestones can be used to provide evidence for compliance with the CAATE core competencies that are vital components of the new 2020 Standards for Professional Masters Programs and have been embedded within the post-professional and residency program standards for years.

The table below provides a general cross-reference of the six CAATE identified ‘core competencies’ with the corresponding AT Milestones general competencies and sub-competencies.

CAATE Core Competencies

AT Milestones General Competencies & Sub-Competencies

Patient-Centered Care

Patient-Care and Procedural Skills (PC-1,2)
Interpersonal and Communication Skills (ICS-1,2)

Evidence-Based Practice

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement (PBLI-1)
Medical Knowledge (MK-3)

Health Care Informatics

Interpersonal and Communication Skills (ICS-4)
Systems-Based Practice (SBP-6)

Interprofessional Practice and Education

Patient-Care and Procedural Skills (PC-7)
Interpersonal and Communication Skills (ICS-3)
Professionalism (PROF-2)
Systems-Based Practice (SBP-1,2,3,4)

Quality Improvement

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement (PBLI-2,3,4)
Systems-Based Practice (SBP-1,2,3,4)


Professionalism (PROF-1,2,3,4)

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