Brigham Young University's undergraduate athletic training program has been given full accreditation for the next five years by the National Athletic Trainers Association.

Dr. Earlene Durrant, associate professor and program director of the athletic training program, said accreditation is vital to the program because students must receive training in and successfully pass the NATA certification examination from an accredited program."Our athletic training curriculum program has developed to the point where it is one of the best all-around programs in the United States," Durrant said.

The certification board spent three days on BYU's campus reviewing the program and interviewing students, faculty and staff.

Currently, 58 students are enrolled in the program. In addition to completing prescribed courses, the students must receive practical experience in intercollegiate athletic training rooms.