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BOC Update on the Coronavirus

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The Board of Certification (BOC) is diligently monitoring the developing situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). The BOC is communicating with its strategic partners to maintain operations while keeping the safety and well-being of all stakeholders the top priority. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) have also issued statements regarding the impact of COVID-19.

For the safety of BOC volunteers and staff, the BOC is restricting travel in and out of the BOC office through April 2020 and will reassess the situation at that time. Currently, BOC staff is working remotely and recommends sending all correspondence and documentation electronically if possible, as we have limited access to postal mail during this time. The BOC strives to process documents related to candidates, ATs and BOC Approved Providers in a timely manner, but there may be a delay. We understand the impact this may have, and how disappointing and inconvenient this announcement is for many, but the health, safety and welfare of our employees, AT community and candidates must remain a priority. We are committed to maintaining the operations conducted by the BOC staff as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

BOC Exam Candidates, Program Directors and Employers

The BOC and CAATE recognize a variety of scenarios resulting from COVID-19 may lead to a delay in the normal time of program completion for students, including students being ill or quarantined, difficulty finding appropriate clinical sites and institutions temporarily closing. We further recognize that delays in a student’s program completion may impact BOC exam eligibility and entry into the workforce. Should a change in a graduation date occur, candidates must submit the “AT105 - Graduation Date Change” form in BOC Central™.

Exam Candidate FAQs

Q. What is the status of the March/April BOC exam Window?

A. Currently, many exam sites are closed, and the number continues to grow. As a result, the BOC canceled the March/April 2020 BOC Exam.

  • Candidates were automatically transferred to the May/June 2020 exam window including previously granted testing accommodations
  • Any candidate whose eligibility expires in the March/April exam window will have their eligibility extended through the May/June 2020 exam window.
  • Candidates unable to sit for the May/June exam must email Exam@bocatc.org no later than May 4, 2020 5 p.m. CDT requesting to reschedule to an exam window after the May/June 2020 exam. Candidates need to make sure they are aware of their expiration date. Expiration dates are posted in the top right-hand corner of their personal profile in BOC Central.
  • Results for the May/June 2020 exam will be posted online between June 20 – July 2. You can view all exam dates and deadlines on the BOC website.
  • The BOC is working with Scantron, BOC’s testing vendor, to make the May/June 2020 exam experience as seamless as possible. Know we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and its impact of future exams.

Q. I have a job offer now; can my state offer a temporary license due to the canceled BOC exam?

A. The BOC is aware this may impact job offers, residency program and graduate assistant positions. BOC continues to work on additional alternatives all while considering the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, and any new developments will be communicated as soon as possible.

Some states provide a temporary license if an individual is eligible to take the BOC exam. For more information, please contact your state regulatory board or agency.

Q. What is the status of the May/June BOC exam?
A. Scantron, our test vendor, is monitoring and responding to the impact COVID-19 is having on test delivery operations. Daily updates of exam site closures are posted at https://www.scantron.com/site-closures-delays/. If you have any questions regarding your exam site please contact Scantron at candidatesupport@scantron.com or (919) 572-6880.

Athletic Trainers

BOC is communicating with BOC Approved Providers who are facing the decision to cancel or modify their live continuing education (CE) programs. The BOC recognizes the need for Athletic Trainers (ATs) to have access to these CE programs and will continue to work with BOC Approved Providers.

Athletic Trainer FAQs

Q. My emergency cardiac care (ECC) course got cancelled (due to COVID-19), and I will have a lapse in certification, what should I do?

A. Take an ECC course as soon and safely as you can. The BOC will work with all ATs knowing there will be lapses in ECC certification and issues finding a class in the near future due to course cancellations.

When you log into BOC Central to report your continuing education on the “AT203 Continuing Education Reporting Form,” you will be asked about continuous ECC certification. If you have a lapse in continuous ECC certification, report this as such and lapses due to COVID-19 will not be considered a disciplinary matter. Visit the ECC section of the BOC website for more information.

Visit the American Red Cross for their course safety measures.

BOC Approved Providers

With many organizations facing similar situations needing to modify business practices for the safety of employees, business partners and customers, we want to provide BOC Approved Providers (APs) with the assurance that we are here to help.

Below outlines possible scenarios and options for those facing the decision to cancel or modify your live continuing education (CE) programs. Feel free to contact the BOC to discuss feasible solutions to scenarios not listed below.

Possible Scenarios

Category A

Evidence Based Practice (EBP)

Cancellation of live program, with no plan of rescheduling the program.

Contact the BOC to have the program directory listing inactivated.

Contact the BOC to have the program directory listing inactivated.

Change date of live program.

If reschedule date is known, program directory listing will need to be updated by AP.

If reschedule date is not known, contact the BOC to have the program directory listing inactivated. The BOC can make the listing active when a new date has been established.

Contact the BOC to have the program directory listing updated.

If reschedule date is not known, contact the BOC to have the program directory listing inactivated. The BOC can make the listing active when a new date has been established.

Live program to live stream on scheduled date (skype/zoom/go to webinar/ON24).

The program will remain a live event and no changes needed on program directory. The AP will need to ensure all standards are met for live event including attendance, statement of credit, participant assessment, program evaluation, etc.

The program remains a live event and no changes are needed on program directory. The AP will need to ensure all standards are met for the live event including attendance, statement of credit, participant assessment, program evaluation, etc.

Live event (either an actual live or live stream) and record live event then changes to a home study event.

APs will need to ensure all standards are still met.

Programs will have two entries in the program directory: one for the live event with specified date/time/location and one for the home study.

Need to ensure accuracy of program directory as well as accurate dates on home study statement of credit/program evaluation and participant assessment with accurate tracking of participants.

Category A has blanket approval for programs whether they are live or home study.

APs will need to ensure all standards are still met.

Programs will have two entries in the program directory: one for the live event with specified date/time/location and one for the home study.

Recorded program to have timestamps of start to finish for accurate continuing education unit (CEU) calculation.

APs can submit a separate application at a reduced fee to change live program to home study as CEU calculation and pedagogy can be different from live event and they will continue to charge for home study.

BOC enters all EBP programs on the program directory.

BOC Approved Provider FAQs

Q. If we convert our live program into a virtual program using a platform like Zoom or Skype, is this still considered a live event?

A. Yes, live events are programs that involve interaction between the program faculty and participant in real time. Programs may be in person or online, given attendance can be tracked. Conferences, conventions, grand rounds, labs, symposiums, webinars and workshops are acceptable methods for live events. As a part of the requirements for BOC Approved Providers, make sure you are tracking attendees and are able to confirm their attendance at the virtual event.

Resource Links

World Health Organization (WHO) – Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases Map

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – COVID-19 Situation Summary

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