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Choosing the Correct Continuing Education Program

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Posted December 13, 2016

Brian Bradley,

By Brian Bradley, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS

Obtaining continuing education units (CEUs) can be a frustrating task, but it can also be very rewarding if done correctly. Start by changing your attitude about continuing education (CE). Don’t think about CE as an annoying, time-consuming tasks you are required to do in order to maintain your certification. Try to think of CE as an opportunity to improve your skills and become a better Athletic Trainer (AT).

1. Know what specific CEs you need for your certification and license

If you are an AT who was certified in 2015 or before, 50 CEUs (including at least 10 CEUs from the EBP category) are required by December 31, 2017. If you were certified in 2016, 25 CEUs (including at least 5 CEUs from the EBP category) are required by December 31, 2017Some states also require CEs with each license renewal, sometimes those including medical errors programs or attending live events. Make sure you account for these when scheduling your CE programs.

2. Find CEs that are aligned with your interests or position

For example: If you work with athletes who have prolonged symptoms after concussions, it may be beneficial to attend a seminar in which they cover sub-maximal graded treadmill exercise.

3. Look for CEs that may make you more marketable in the future

Consider taking CE programs that add to your resume and clinical tool kit. Not only may it make you a better clinician, but it may help you land a job in the future.

4. Look for CEs that may satisfy requirements for multiple certifications

If you are an AT certified as a strength and conditioning specialist, look for a class you can use for both certifications.

5. Don’t wait until the December 2017 of a reporting period to get your CEs

Don’t wait to get your CE completed. The danger of waiting until this last minute is that there may not be any classes that fit into your schedule.

6. Look for CEs your employer will reimburse

Paying for CEs can get expensive but sometimes employers will provide their employees a CE budget.

7. Use CEs as a chance to network

Think about attending a seminar that offers CEs for multiple professions (RN, PT, EMT, etc.). This will help other professionals get to know the athletic training profession.

8. Attend a National or Local Athletic Training Meeting

Get to know other ATs in your state or district. Usually these meetings offer a lot of CEs and cover topics that directly impact you.

9. Use CE Course as an Excuse to Travel

Attend a seminar or course in someplace you have never been. Plan your trip to add a day or 2 to sightsee and experience a new location.

If you’re struggling with CEUs, remember the BOC website has a list of live events and home study programs to help you meet your CE requirements. Find CEUs on the BOC website at You can also check the career education section of the NATA website at


About the Author

Brian Bradley has been a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer since 2008. He is originally from Lawrence, Massachusetts but now live in Orlando, Florida. Bradley earned his undergraduate degree at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts and his master’s degree at the University of Florida. Bradley has worked in a variety of settings including professional, collegiate and secondary schools and in a physical therapy clinic. He currently works at Orlando Orthopaedic Center in the durable medical equipment (DME) department.  In his spare time, Bradley spends time with his wife, Izzy, and his daughter, Abigail.  He is also a big Boston/New England fan and enjoys running.





4 Steps to Getting the EBP Credits You Need

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

We’re already nearly halfway through the current reporting period. Are you on track to meet your continuing education (CE) requirements? More importantly, do you know how to meet your CE requirements?

The new Evidence Based Practice (EBP) category deserves a second look as you work through your CE plan. As you may know, the BOC added the EBP requirement just this year, so Athletic Trainers must now complete a certain of continuing education units (CEUs) in this new category. These requirements must be met and reported by December 31, 2015.

Fortunately, fulfilling your EBP continuing education requirement is just like completing any other CE program. Simply make sure that, out of your total CEUs due, you have completed the minimum amount required from the EBP category.

So … how many CEUs is that?

How Many EBP CEUs Do I Need to Do?

The number of EBP CEUs required depends on when you were certified. Let’s break it down:

  • If you were certified in 2013 or before, you must complete 50 total CEUs. Of those, at least 10 must be in EBP
  • If you were certified in 2014, you must complete 25 total CEUs. Of those, at least 5 must be in EBP

Great! Now let’s go find some EBP CEUs.

Where Do I Find EBP Programs?

On the BOC website!

The BOC has approved more than 210 CEUs in the EBP category. Approved CEUs include both live and home study courses, so there are plenty of opportunities for you to check this requirement off your to-do list.

Here is how to get the EBP CEUs you need:

  1. Use the BOC’s online program listing to browse current courses. (Hint: You can filter by several criteria by clicking the column headers)
  2. Click on the provider name for contact information for the program you want to take. Some course titles also contain links for additional information
  3. Begin with a Foundations of EBP program if you’re new to EBP principles
  4. Then, or if you are already familiar with EBP principles, move on to Clinical EBP programs in your areas of interest

That’s all there is to it! Just don’t forget to record your CE in BOC CentralTM by December 31, 2015.

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Improve Patient Outcomes with Evidence Based Practice

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Providing the best possible patient care involves staying up-to-date on advances in the healthcare profession. That’s why the BOC added a new continuing education (CE) category beginning in 2014. The Evidence Based Practice (EBP) category helps Athletic Trainers (ATs) infuse the best new evidence into clinical decision-making, with the goal of improving patient outcomes.

By completing activities in the EBP category, ATs learn how to find and analyze the most current research evidence available. Then, with research in hand, ATs can use clinical expertise and their patients’ own values to make healthcare decisions.

To assure that ATs have the opportunity to learn about new healthcare research, the BOC now requires a certain number of EBP continuing education units (CEUs) to maintain certification.

Requirements for Certification Maintenance

ATs are required to complete a minimum number of EBP CEUs to maintain their BOC certification. All CEUs are due by December 31, 2015.

  • ATs certified before 2014 must complete 50 CEUs, including at least 10 EBP CEUs
  • ATs certified in 2014 must complete 25 CEUs, including at least five EBP CEUs

BOC Approved EBP programs are listed on the BOC website. Approved programs are updated monthly

Two types of EBP programs are available:

  • Foundations of EBP - programs help clinicians 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 of injuries and illnesses. These programs follow a five-step EBP process

Only those programs listed on the BOC website are eligible for EBP Category CEUs, and programs are only eligible for credit on or after their approval date.

EBP Course Approval

Some CE programs may appear to follow EBP principles. However, only programs that have been approved by the BOC for the EBP Category are eligible for credit in this category. Providers, not ATs, are responsible for getting BOC approval.

BOC Approved Providers who would like to offer EBP Category programs are invited to submit the activity for BOC approval. The application asks providers to follow a five-step EBP process during program development to ensure that basic EBP principles are followed.

Once a program is submitted, it will undergo peer review to ensure basic EBP principles are incorporated into the program. The BOC then lists approved programs on its website .

For complete information on the EBP category, check out the new 2014-2015 Certification Maintenance Requirements document.

Written By:
Melissa Breazile

Assess Your Professional Development

Monday, November 4th, 2013

As a reminder, ATs certified prior to 2013 need to complete their continuing education (CE) and recertification fee requirements by December 31, 2013.  The BOC offers a FREE service that can help you identify what areas you may need more knowledge and skills in to determine your CE needs before the deadline approaches.

The BOC’s Professional Development Needs Assessment (PDNA) is a tool intended to empower ATs of all experience levels to engage in self-reflection with the goal of assessing professional development needs across the domains of athletic training, as defined in the BOC Role Delineation Study/Practice Analysis, Sixth Edition (RD/PA6).  PDNA results are for personal use only and in no way impact current certification status.

If ATs need assistance with determining if a particular CE activity may be eligible for continuing education units (CEUs), the BOC has the free tool called the Individual Activity Review. This tool is a resource which can be used by all ATs, newly certified or experienced, to determine if CE activities meet BOC recertification requirements and fall within the domains of athletic training as defined in the RD/PA6.

Be Certain.™ to stay on target with your recertification goals. Read more about your certification information in the winter Cert Update, which will be in your mailbox this week.

Written By: Brittney Ryba

National Customer Service Week

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

National Customer Service Week is October 7 – 13, 2013. BOC staff takes pride in providing a high level of customer service. We are available via phone and email, and inquiries can also be sent through BOC Central. The BOC website offers CE resources and other athletic training resources as well.

The BOC has a goal to call all ATs (excluding new ATs certified in 2012 and 2013) to educate them about the recent recertification changes.  Since March 2012, BOC staff members have called 25,000+ ATs to update them on the status of their recertification progress and review the recertification changes. Information provided includes the current reporting period and required number of CEUs, instruction in using CE203 and AT203 Continuing Education Forms in BOC Central, and 2012 and 2013 Recertification Fee payment updates.  BOC staff also follows up with an email that provides information and resources for ATs to complete their recertification by December 31, 2013.

How do you provide great service to your students and patients every day?

An In Depth Look with… DeDe D’Orsi, ATC

Friday, September 6th, 2013

DeDe lecturing at the Marshall Center for International Peace Talks in Garmisch,Germany.

An In Depth Look with… DeDe D’Orsi, ATC

Describe your setting:

DeDe D’Orsi has been a lot of things in her life: a professional skier, a U.S. Olympic Team Athletic Trainer (AT) and a physical education teacher, as well as a sports educator of military children, athletes and coaches in Europe. Her career launched as a Fulbright Scholar in 1989 in Minden, Germany, where she was a teacher and an AT for a professional soccer team for one year. Her career has evolved in various ways to involve international work, consulting and working with people in the military.

D’Orsi began lecturing at all possible conferences to promote AT awareness. She was sent to University of Arizona to be on a task force to rewrite its physical education curriculum with recommendations to have a certified AT in all  Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) high schools worldwide.

About two years later, D’Orsi was one of 10 people chosen to go to San Antonio to become certified in coaching principles and sports education.  She also teamed up with an instructor who taught the coaching part of the two-day course, and she taught the sports injuries portion.  The entire course was set up by the American Sports Education Program. All coaches had to pass classes in both coaching and sports injuries, plus have CPR certification, before being able to coach for DoDDS (DoDDS has since become Department of Defense Education Activity, or DoDEA).

She also worked with a German physical therapist, from whom she learned a great deal of European approaches to sports injuries. She began lecturing internationally in locations such as Innsbruck, Vienna, Scholoss Pitkin, Austria, Garmisch, Germany, Italy and Spain. She certified all coaches in the Bavarian Region of Germany in Sports Injuries before it went to online certification.

While doing so, she would lecture and write articles, reading journals for continuing education (CE). It became difficult to maintain her certification and find CE so she applied and became a BOC Approved Provider in Germany.

She conducted taping workshops for coaches at the AAHPERD annual conference, where she brought stateside colleagues over to lecture with her, including Dr. Sue Shapiro LAT, ATC, Associate Professor/Program Director of Athletic Training at Barry University. She also conducted a five-day Cramer type course in Oberammergal, Germany, with guest lecturer Steve Cole from the College of William & Mary.

The Department of DoDEA called D’Orsi to be on a new task force only when a heat illness charge was brought against them or if a head injury protocol needed to be written.

With the tightening of security after the Gulf Wars, D’Orsi had difficulties for attendees coming to her workshops. She had to change her business model. She became more involved with military athletes after being engaged to a soldier, which launched her interest in the Wounded Warrior Program.

How long have you worked in this setting?

D’Orsi has been a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer since 1982. She was a professional skier before she blew out her knee. The first injury, known as the unhappy triad, ended her skiing career. Her interest in athletic training began while she was getting treated in an athletic training facility. She already had earned a master’s degree at the University of Virginia, so her only option was to go the internship route to becoming an AT.

DeDe using Kinesio Taping for a TBI on a Wounded Warrior.

She took on many roles. Currently she is in Cocoa Beach, Florida, at Patrick Air Force Base transitioning to a stateside environment and working on getting her Florida AT License.  After a three month waiting period, D’Orsi was permitted to be a Red Cross volunteer with the Bamberg, Germany Base PT at the PT clinic after her daily work. This began her interaction with the Wounded Warriors. She found this extremely rewarding, and it has become her calling.

Describe your typical day: There is no typical day. She sees various individuals who open up a new world of sports medicine to her. For example, she saw a soldier in his 20s who could hardly do 20 curl-ups or five minutes on the bike due to flight or fight syndrome, or battle fatigue, which he faced every day in a combat zone. D’Orsi took a course in Kinesio taping and lectured on it. She also utilizes Tai Chi and relaxation techniques when working with individuals for their stress. She also used Kinesio taping to treat warriors with traumatic brain injuries, long range sleep disturbances and continuous headaches.

D’Orsi has a passion for supporting individuals in the military and helping them get back on their feet. She also enjoys lecturing and learning new applications constantly.

What do you dislike about your position?

D’Orsi was inspired by her mentors Joe Gieck and the late Dr. Frank C. McCue III, as well as Gene Bayliss and Kathy Ortega to keep spreading the word of athletic training in Europe. ATs were thought of as coaches in Europe, which brought many problems in recognizing what the profession actually does for the athlete. Presently working with the Army in Germany as an AT, one is just thought of as a glorified sports event planner for the Wounded Warriors, and that wasn’t what she was interested in.

What advice do you have about your practice setting for a young Athletic Trainer looking at this setting?

Go out and make your way over there – internationally. Europeans think of an AT as a coach. You have to think outside of the box.

She also learned that if you give it away, they’ll keep on taking it. So she created her own source of getting the word out through workshops as a European consultant. And if you can speak the language, it is a huge asset. D’Orsi studied Spanish first and then found a private tutor while in Germany. She taught and skied with Austrians so she needed to learn German. Learning the language helps you to understand the culture that you are living in.  D’Orsi has certainly left her footprints in the sand for young professionals to follow.  It is now their turn to pick up the ball.

Continuing Education

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Athletic Trainers in Illinois should have received a postcard earlier in April with a notification that state licenses will expire at the end of May. In order to renew the Illinois license, myself and ATs practicing in Illinois will have to pay the $200 fee, check a couple of boxes on the renewal form, and verify we have completed 40 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in the last two years. This year, I don’t have to report CEUs because it is my first renewal, but I have taken the opportunity to think about the continuing education (CE) I have done.

I have been practicing for a little over a year. At this point, I should ideally have 25 CEUs completed in order to meet the 75 CEU requirement over a three-year period. I have completed about 23 at this point, so I am close to where I’d like to be and I’ll have to pick up a few more in the next year to make up for it. My next recertification date is at the end of 2013. As of 2014, all Athletic Trainers will be required to recertify every two years by completing 50 CEUs.

As a part of the membership in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), we receive 10 “CEU Bucks” to be used toward CEUs on the website. These are in the way of webinars where you watch the video or presentation and then complete an online test. You answer enough questions correctly and you get credit for the CEUs. This is a valuable benefit of being a part of the NATA to utilize for CE.

CE is important because it is required to maintain licensure and certification, but more importantly Athletic Trainers need to regularly complete CE in order to provide the best for our patients. In order to do this, we must undertake CE that is clinically relevant to our professional responsibilities.

Working at the high school level, I have to be prepared for a variety of situations in many different sports. This year I have completed courses in emergency planning, cervical spine injuries, throwing injuries, heat illnesses, and the Graston Technique.

There are many opportunities to improve as Athletic Trainers through CE courses. In addition, we can improve through reading journal articles and other literature. Please take those opportunities to improve each day so you can provide the best care for your athletes!

Written By: Mike Hopper, ATC