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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, 2015.
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 for list of EBP programs
  • Full details of this category are located in the Certification Maintenance Requirements starting on page 5

Possible Activities

Number of CEUs

Workshops, seminars, conferences, webinars and home study courses As assigned by BOC
Post professional graduate of a CAATE accredited AT graduate level program 10 CEUs/if 50 CEUs required
5 CEUs/if 25 CEUs required
Post professional graduate of a PhD/EdD/DSc program may qualify if the dissertation has a narrow focus of athletic training 10 CEUs/if 50 CEUs required
5 CEUs/if 25 CEUs required
Presenter of a BOC Approved EBP Program 10 CEUs per EBP topic
CAATE accredited AT residency or fellowship 20 CEUs per year

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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 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 Certification Maintenance Requirements starting on page 6

Possible Activities

Number of CEUs

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

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Category C: Post Certification College/University Coursework - Return to top
  • 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
  • CEUs are awarded for successful completion of college/university courses if the content of the course falls within the domains identified in the Role Delineation Study/Practice Analysis, Sixth Edition
  • Full details of this category are located in the Certification Maintenance Requirements starting on page 7
  • Click here for help determining if your course meets CE requirements
  • The college/university attended must be accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education.

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 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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