Archive for April, 2011

Oh, the Places You Can Go in Athletic Training

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Are your program directors allowing you to experience  all of the different practices for athletic training? What direction do you as a student athletic trainer wish to proceed in? Think of the different opportunities and the ways you wish to help out your fellow athletes, coaches and to improved quality of life through your athletic training practices. Are you educated on the athletic training residency programs and other fellowships that are available to you? Visit with your program director to establish a path of practice that is best for you.

Written by: Daniel Ruedeman

Your Credential, Your Responsibility

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

The BOC exam is the front door to a career as an AT, but it is important to recognize that passing the BOC exam is only a precursor to athletic training practice. Newly certified ATs need to remember that there are other responsibilities in the profession after the exam. Once certified, ATs must demonstrate ongoing adherence to the recertification requirements and the BOC Standards of Practice. ATs need to Be Certain.TM to check with State Practice Acts and get licensed. Just because someone is BOC certified does not mean it is legal to practice.

Visit the BOC website for all states and the contacts to their regulatory boards and agencies.  Learn about legal practices, recertification requirements, CE categories, acceptable activities, using BOC CentralTM, and disciplinary policies on the BOC’s new YouTube channel.

Shaping the Profession through the Exam Development Committee

Monday, April 18th, 2011

With the celebration of 2011 National Volunteer Week closing, I would like to share an account from Jose Rivera, a dedicated BOC volunteer since the mid-80s.

Jose has been a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer (AT) for over 25 years and became more familiar with the BOC early in his career when hired by Paul Grace, of the Paul Grace Leadership Award established by the BOC Board of Directors in 2005.

Jose currently serves on the Exam Development committee, which re-set the passing standard for the exam to be aligned with BOC Role Delineation Study/Practice Analysis, Sixth Edition (RD/PA6). He said exam development has improved since having mentors and a panel.  He has also been the Chair of the Written Simulation sub-committee and served as a panelist.

 “Being a BOC volunteer is the most rewarding opportunity in the profession. People, such as Denise, have done a great job with working with those who take pride in what they do and enjoy having a good time. I enjoy the camaraderie and learning from other people,” shared Jose.

Jose felt that volunteering with the BOC is intellectually challenging and very rewarding and said he’s turned down volunteer opportunities with other organizations. You can help shape the future of athletic training profession as well. Learn more about current BOC volunteer opportunities.

The BOC Celebrates our Volunteers for Giving Back to the Profession

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

This week is National Volunteer Week and the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) thanks the thousands of volunteers who serve on various committees. The contribution of volunteers such as BOC item writers, committee members and board of directors is critical in developing the high professional standards expected of today’s Athletic Trainers (ATs).

This past year, BOC volunteers accomplished the following:

  • Reaccreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) until 2015
  • Publication of the BOC Role Delineation Study/Practice Analysis, Sixth Edition (RD/PA6) for the entry-level AT
  • Review of over 17,000 comments and revised continuing professional education requirements to assure protection of the public
  • Attainment of Better Business Bureau accreditation
  • Delivery of over 5,000 certification exams
  • Recertification of over 10,000 ATs
  • Continued development of over 800 new exam items for experimental testing
  • Review of over 100 home study courses

The continuous commitment to the development and administration of a quality certification program has produced a highly regarded program recognized as the gold standard for identifying entry-level athletic training professionals. The BOC thanks everyone for their service to support the growth and success of the BOC.

Learn more about the BOC and National Volunteer Week 2011.

Discuss Best Practices at the 2011 BOC Athletic Trainer Regulatory Conference

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Where can you go to foster thought-provoking discussions surrounding the future of healthcare while interactively discussing “Best Practices” regarding the scope of practice, sunset reviews, public safety, discipline and continuing education?

Answer: The 2011 BOC Athletic Trainer Regulatory Conference July 8-9 in downtown Omaha at the Doubletree Hotel, Nebraska.

This conference is designed to create a communication network among state athletic trainer leadership and state regulatory agencies. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn up to 11.75 CEUs while developing leadership skills and students will learn more about the profession. The BOC prides itself on producing thought provoking sessions that energize the audience.

Presenters include:
Brad Sherman, Wisconsin
Catherine Dower, California
John Parsons, Arizona
Michael Landsberg, Vermont
Vicky Graham, Connecticut
Brian Robinson, Illinois
Greg Rose, Kentucky
Bill West, Maryland
Wendy Rheault, Illinois
Mark Doughty, Ohio
David Berry, Michigan

And more! View the conference schedule.

The BOC invites representatives of the athletic training and regulatory industries from all 50 states. Anyone interested in athletic trainer regulation and leadership is encouraged to attend. The registration fee is $200 and includes educational sessions, meals and a welcome reception. CAATE ATEP students can attend at a discounted registration rate of $100. Register for the conference before May 23, 2011.

“Leaders need to be involved on both an organizational and a political or legislative level.  Overall, I learned a lot about the legislative and regulatory process and appreciate the motivation to be a part of this conference. ” - 2009 AT Regulatory Conference Attendee

BOC Recertification Fee Change

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

The end of 2011 marks a change for how BOC Certified Athletic Trainers (ATs) will pay the recertification fee.  The BOC has always offered a discount on the BOC recertification fee to NATA members and will continue this practice.  However, the way in which the NATA collects the fee on behalf of its members is changing.

The BOC recertification fee will be included as part of NATA membership dues through September 2011.

• If you are a certified member of the NATA as of September 30, 2011, the NATA will pay the 2011 BOC recertification fee on your behalf.

Why the changes?
The BOC is making this change for a number of reasons:

• The recertification fee should support the actual cost of the post-certification program, which includes administrative, regulatory, disciplinary, legal and BOC accreditation activities.
• Candidate exam fees should not be used to support post-certification related programs and services.
• The BOC has been providing NATA members deep discounts, but can no longer operate on that basis, given today’s economic realities and the increasing cost of providing post-certification services.
• Comparable certification programs require certificants to pay a fee, which is not incorporated in the dues of the membership organization. The BOC’s fees are comparable to those of similar healthcare professions.

According to Peter Koehneke, ATC, President of the BOC Board of Directors, “The BOC remains committed to its mission: To provide exceptional credentialing programs for healthcare professionals to assure protection of the public.  The recertification fee is vital to the efforts of the BOC to assist in the regulation and protection of the profession.  As a member of the NATA and a credential holder, I am very aware of the importance and impact of these two items on the practitioner and the patient.  The BOC will continue to work closely with the NATA to develop a payment process that will allow for a single payment as a convenience to NATA members.”

View Koehneke’s video announcement about recertification on the BOC website.