Mick Cuppett EdD, LAT, ATC, FNAP
I have more than 30 years of experience as an athletic trainer (AT), 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 fourth edition. I am often sought to speak on leadership, organizational change, and innovation.
During the last five years, I have consulted with numerous athletic training programs pursuing accreditation, assisting with and reviewing self-studies, and performing mock site visits. Each of those programs has been successful in achieving either initial or continuing CAATE accreditation. In addition, I have been hired by various specialized and professional accreditors to assist with development of policies, procedures, review of accreditation standards and software. The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) hired me to assist with the development of their accrediting body, the Council on Accreditation of Strength and Conditioning Education (CASCE) who just accredited their first Strength and Conditioning programs.
Prior to starting my consulting business, 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 grew the staff from 1 to 5 employees, implemented an entirely virtual office, oversaw the successful recognition of CAATE by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and led the CAATE from a budget deficit to a surplus while converting all accreditation documentation and processes to an electronic platform. My expertise in this area is often sought by associations exploring remote or virtual offices.
Prior to being hired as the Executive Director of the CAATE, I served as President, and prior to that as a board member, while working 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 U.S. at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I successfully guided both UNO and USF to initial and continuing CAATE accreditation. 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 a fellow of the National Academies of Practice, as well as the USF Health Leadership Institute and have received many professional awards and hall of fame inductions throughout my professional career.
I thoroughly enjoy mentoring program administrators and faculty through the accreditation process and feel great pride when programs are successful not only in achieving accreditation, but in producing tomorrow’s competent and caring health professionals.