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Continuing Education
Athletic Trainers (ATs) must complete a predetermined number of continuing education units (CEUs) during the certification maintenance period. The current period ends December 31, 2017.
  • ATs certified in 2015 or before must complete 50 CEUs, which must include at least 10 Evidence Based Practice (EBP) CEUs.
  • ATs certified in 2016 must complete 25 CEUs, which must include at least 5 Evidence Based Practice (EBP) CEUs.
  • Easy Steps to Enter CE in BOC Centralâ„¢

All CE programs described for each category must be intended for an audience of credentialed healthcare and/or wellness providers (i.e., ATs, PTs, RNs, PAs, PTAs, MDs, CPTs) and the content must be at least entry-level and pertain to the domains identified in the Role Delineation Study/Practice Analysis, Sixth Edition.

EBP  -  Category A  -  Category B  -  Category C  -  Category D



Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Category:
  • Required Minimum:
    • ATs with 50 CEUs due must complete at least 10 EBP CEUs
    • ATs with 25 CEUs due must complete at least 5 EBP CEUs
  • No maximum limit (you can obtain all CEUs due in this category)
  • Activities in this category are available through BOC Approved Providers and are pre-approved programs (live events or home studies) that meet basic EBP principles
  • Two types of EBP programs
    • Foundation EBP programs help ATs understand EBP methodology, find and evaluate evidence, and apply it to their clinical practice
    • Clinical EBP programs are organized around a clinically appraised topic, such as evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation, following the five-step EBP process
  • Click here to find EBP programs
  • Full details of this category are located in the 2016-2017 Certification Maintenance Requirements starting on page 5

Possible Activities

Number of CEUs

Approved workshops, seminars, conferences, coursework, webinars, home study programs (including peer reviewed journals) offered by BOC Approved Providers As assigned by BOC
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Category 1 CME programs offered by BOC Approved Providers and pre-approved by the BOC As approved by ACCME
Post-certification coursework from a CAATE accredited athletic training post professional program 10 CEUs per credit hour
Graduate of a PhD/EdD/DSc/DAT program may qualify if dissertation has a narrow focus of athletic training 10 CEUs/if 50 CEUs required
5 CEUs/if 25 CEUs required
Presenter or author of a BOC Approved EBP Program 10 CEUs per EBP topic
CAATE accredited athletic training residency/fellowship 25 CEUs per year
Accredited medical or healthcare provider residency/fellowship with a focus closely related to athletic training. This may include, but is not limited to:
• Medical residency for orthopedics, sports medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation
• Physical therapy
25 CEUs per year
Author of a peer-reviewed journal article addressing patient-oriented clinical research or translational research. This may include, but is not limited to:
• Mechanisms of human disease
• Therapeutic interventions
• Clinical trials
• Development of new technologies
• Epidemiologic studies
• Outcomes research
• Health services research
• Clinical epidemiology
• Clinical predication rules
• Comparative effectiveness
• Systematic reviews
• Critically-appraised topics
Primary=15 CEUs per article

Secondary=10 CEUs per article

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Category A: BOC Approved Provider Programs
  • No minimum number of CEUs required
  • Maximum limit
    • 40 CEUs is the maximum number you can use toward the 50 CEUs due
    • 20 CEUs is the maximum number you can use toward the 25 CEUs due
  • Activities in this category are available through BOC Approved Providers
  • Click here for a list of BOC Approved Providers
  • Full details of this category are located in the 2016-2017 Certification Maintenance Requirements starting on page 6

Possible Activities

Number of CEUs

Live Events (workshops, seminars, conferences, webinars, etc.) As awarded by provider
Home study courses As assigned by BOC

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Category B: Professional and Scholarly Activities
  • No minimum number of CEUs required
  • Maximum limit
    • 33 CEUs is the maximum number you can use toward the 50 CEUs due
    • 17 CEUs is the maximum number you can use toward the 25 CEUs due
  • Activities and number of CEUs awarded for each activity have been defined by the BOC
  • Full details of this category are located in the 2016-2017 Certification Maintenance Requirements starting on page 6

Possible Activities

Number of CEUs

Speaker at a conference/seminar2 10 CEUs per topic
Panelist at a conference/seminar 5 CEUs per topic
Primary author of an article in a non-refereed journal1 5 CEUs per article
Author of an article in a refereed journal1,2 Primary=15 CEUs per article
Secondary=10 CEUs per article
Author of an abstract in a refereed journal1 Primary=10 CEUs per article
Secondary=5 CEUs per article
Author of a published textbook1 Primary=40 CEUs per book
Secondary=20 CEUs per book
Author of a poster presentation - peer reviewed or refereed1 Primary=10 CEUs per presentation
Secondary=5 CEUs per presentation
Primary author of published multimedia material (CD ROM, audio or video)1 10 CEUs per publication
Participating member of a clinical research team 10 CEUs per research project
Primary author of a home study program2 10 CEUs per home study course
Reviewer of a refereed publication 5 CEUs per review (limit 10 CEUs per year)
Exam item writer3 5 CEUs per year of active item writing
Contributing author of a published textbook1 10 CEUs per book

1The following explanations apply to publication activities:

  • Published: prepared for commercial distribution
  • Journal: a periodical containing scholarly articles and/or current information on research and development in a particular field
  • Refereed: the manuscript/document has been reviewed by an editor and 1 or more specialists prior to publication

2Does not qualify for the EBP Category (does not address patient-oriented clinical research or translational research)

3Includes BOC exam item writers and exam item writers for other healthcare professional exams


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Category C: Post Certification College/University Coursework - Return to top

Possible Activities

Number of CEUs

College/university official course 10 CEUs per credit hour

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Category D: Non-BOC Approved Programs
  • No minimum number of CEUs required
  • Maximum limit
    • 28 CEUs is the maximum number you can use toward the 50 CEUs due
    • 14 CEUs is the maximum number you can use toward the 25 CEUs due
  • CEUs are awarded for attendance at a professional program that is sponsored by groups other than BOC Approved Providers
  • Full details of this category are located in the 2016-2017 Certification Maintenance Requirements starting on page 8
  • Click here for help determining if your course meets CE requirements

Possible Activities

Number of CEUs

Activities by non BOC Approved Providers 1 CEU per contact hour
Videos, DVDs, audiotapes, multimedia, webinars 1 CEU per contact hour

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