BOC and NATA: What’s the Difference?
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3d ago
The Board of Certification (BOC) — that’s us — is the credentialing agency that certifies all Athletic Trainers (ATs) and approves organizations to offer continuing education (CE). Our role is to advocate for public protection through a strong credentialing program that ensures ATs are qualified and competent to practice. To maintain the ATC® credential, ATs must pay an annual certification maintenance fee directly to the BOC, as well as complete and submit their CE and other requirements every two years. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is the separate professional membersh ..read more
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When Will I See My BOC Exam Results?
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1w ago
Each BOC exam administration window is approximately two weeks, and it takes another two to four weeks for results to be posted once that window has closed. During the post-exam window, psychometric analysis is completed to ensure exam fairness and integrity. The below video explains the BOC exam scoring process and psychometrics model the BOC uses and how it affects the timing of delivering BOC exam results to candidates. The validity of the BOC certification exam depends on a quality testing process. Results that candidates earn need to be accurate estimates of their proficiency in athletic ..read more
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Head Athletic Trainer for “Marvel Universe Live!” and “Disney on Ice”
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3w ago
Jay Christensen MS, LAT, ATC is the Head Athletic Trainer (AT) for “Marvel Universe Live!” and assigned to “Disney on Ice.” He has been a Certified AT for more than 10 years and worked in settings including high school, The Professional Surfing Tour, the Professional Golfers’ Association, Olympians and Major League Soccer. Describe your typical day: My typical day is unique in that I travel for work almost exclusively. I am currently in Japan with “Disney on Ice” and in 10 days I fly to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to resume my international tour with “Marvel Universe Live!” I will be with them for s ..read more
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IDEAS Climate Survey Measures AT Workplace Gaps
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1M ago
During the second half of 2023, the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Advocacy Strategies (IDEAS) Committee facilitated the IDEAS Climate Survey. This study was designed to provide an overview touchpoint of the current workplace climate related to diversity, equity, inclusion and advocacy within the athletic training profession related to patient care and the work environment. The survey targeted Athletic Trainers (ATs) with feedback intended to identify potential gaps in training and resources related to IDEAS overall. Survey questions were focused in the following areas: Workplace Climate B ..read more
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Orthopedic Specialty Certification Gains Ground Employers and Credential Holders See Positive Impact
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1M ago
While it may be premature to predict all the benefits the BOC Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedics (BCS-O) credential can offer Athletic Trainers (ATs), we are starting to see that it is being accepted in place of other required credentials for certain positions and roles, such as assisting in the operating room or scrub privileges. We have also seen ATs with the credential being promoted within their field. The road to continued success with the BCS-O credential is ongoing advocacy and education to ATs with a focus in orthopedics, as well as employers. The BCS-O demonstrates to potential ..read more
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12 Tips for Completing Your BOC Certification Maintenance Requirements
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3M ago
Certification maintenance requirements are due Dec. 31, 2023, 11:59 p.m. CT. Athletic Trainers (ATs) must confirm that their 2022 maintenance fee was paid in full (late fees apply for payment in 2023). In addition, ATs are required to pay the 2023 annual certification maintenance fee, as well as report their continuing education (CE) requirements, upload their current emergency cardiac card (ECC) card/certificate and agree to confirmation statements using the CE reporting form. Today, we will walk through the CE reporting form and provide valuable tips to help ATs be successful. TIP 1: CHECK ..read more
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New AT Director Named to the BOC Board
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4M ago
The Board of Certification (BOC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Bonnie L. Van Lunen, PhD, ATC, FNATA, FNAP as an Athletic Trainer (AT) director to the BOC Board of Directors. Van Lunen will take office in 2025, following a year of mentorship and learning as AT director appointee. Van Lunen serves as dean and faculty member for the College of Health Sciences at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. In this role, Van Lunen provides oversight to five schools, including Dental Hygiene, Medical Diagnostics and Translational Sciences, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Kinesio ..read more
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Regulatory Process Series - NDBAT Process for Athletic Trainer Licensure
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4M ago
In this series, we present helpful information from regulatory agencies who have made the process of athletic training licensure easy and efficient, while still upholding state guidelines. Board members for the North Dakota Board of Athletic Trainers (NDBAT) including Ray Hall, ATC, Stacy Stoner-Dockter, MA, ATC, Sara Bjerke, MS, ATC, Peggy Person and Dr. Dawn Mattern, MD share their organization’s experience. Can you walk us through the licensure process for Athletic Trainers in your state? We utilize an online application process through the BOC. Athletic Trainers (ATs) can access the applic ..read more
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South Carolina and New York Update AT Licensure Laws
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4M ago
South Carolina On June 19, 2023, Governor McMaster signed into law the Athletic Trainers Act which amends the South Carolina Code of Laws transferring the regulatory authority of Athletic Trainers (ATs) to the Board of Medical Examiners (BME). This action updates the law from certification to licensure and establishes an Athletic Trainers' Advisory Committee under the state BME. South Carolina is the 47th state in the country with such a requirement in place. Senator Katrina Shealy, R – Lexington was the lead sponsor of the legislation. The South Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association (SCATA ..read more
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Featured BOC Approved Provider: American Society of Orthopedic Professionals
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5M ago
The BOC regularly features BOC Approved Providers for notable efforts to enhance its continuing education programs for Athletic Trainers (ATs). Featured organizations follow the guidelines set forth by the BOC. Keith A. Vanic, PhD, LAT, ATC, OPE-C, FASOP is the chair of the Continuing Education Committee for the American Society of Orthopedic Professionals and shares his organization’s experience. Why does your organization choose to participate in the BOC Approved Provider Program? For close to 25 years, the American Society of Orthopedic Professionals (ASOP) has served as an Approved Provid ..read more
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