Micki receiving the inaugural Pete Koehneke Award for Lifetime Service to the CAATE. Pictured with Pete Koehneke.

About Me

Mick Cuppett EdD, LAT, ATC

I have more than 30 years of experience as an athletic trainer, medical educator, and administrator. I am now self-employed as a consultant in the areas of strategic planning, leadership, accreditation, AT education, medical simulation and innovation. Known internationally for my work in instructional technology, simulation, and clinical encounter documentation, I have published numerous works in interprofessional education and co-authored Medical Conditions in the Athlete, a widely used textbook now on its third edition. I enjoy public speaking and am often sought to speak on leadership, organizational change, and innovation.  I am currently an adjunct faculty member at Moravian University, Boston University, Gannon University and the University of South Florida, and courtesy faculty at Florida International University, 

Most recently, I served as the Executive Director for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the only recognized accrediting agency for athletic training education. During my 5 year-tenure in the position, I oversaw the successful recognition of CAATE by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), led the CAATE from a budget deficit to a surplus while converting all accreditation documentation and processes to an electronic platform. I was able to grow the staff from 1 to 5 employees within those 5 years and implemented an entirely virtual office. Other organizations have sought my expertise with the virtual office environment.   

Prior to being hired as the Executive Director, I served as President of the CAATE, and prior to that as a board member, while I worked full-time as a Professor and Program Director of Athletic Training at the University of South Florida. While at USF, I helped orchestrate the move of the Athletic Training Educational Program to the College of Medicine, becoming the first program in the country to be in a Department of Orthopedics. I have been an AT educator since 1998 and was the inaugural program director for two different programs, including the first entry-level Master’s program in the country at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I successfully guided both UNO and USF to initial and continuing CAATE accreditation. Along with the Athletic Training Program experience, I also served as Director of Medical Education and Technology at USF’s Morsani College of Medicine where I successfully implemented interprofessional education across USF Health, initiated USF Health iTunes U and completed TEAMSTEPPS as a master trainer. I am fortunate to be a fellow of the USF Health Leadership Institute and have received numerous professional awards and hall of fame inductions throughout my professional career.

My Bachelor of Science is from the University of North Dakota, my Master’s degree in Physical Education/Athletic Training is from the University of Northern Iowa, as is my Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. My doctoral studies focused on professional development as well as accreditation. Prior to my career in academe, I provided patient care as an athletic trainer for the Sports Injury Center in Waterloo, Iowa; Wartburg College; the University of Northern Iowa; and the United States Military Academy.

A few of my clients.....

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Liberty University
  • Jacksonville State University
  • Brigham Young University
  • Presbyterian College
  • Life University
  • Arkansas State University
  • Athletic Trainers in Physician Practice Society (ATPPS)
  • American Board of Funeral Services Education (ABFSE)
  • University of Houston
  • Nebraska State Athletic Trainer's Association
  • University of Mobile
  • Huntingdon College