The Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) was incorporated in 1989 to provide a certification program for entry-level Athletic Trainers (ATs) and has been responsible for the certification of ATs since 1969. The BOC establishes and regularly reviews both the standards for the practice of athletic training and the continuing education requirements for ATs. Since 1982, the BOC has been continuously accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the BOC has the only accredited certification program for ATs in the US. The BOC must undergo review and reaccreditation every 5 years through the NCCA, which is the accreditation body of Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE).
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ATs are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. ATs can be found anywhere there are active people. Traditionally, ATs are thought to work in professional sports, colleges and high schools, but as the profession grows so have the practice settings. Those practice settings include the performing arts, military, physician extender, industrial (manufacturing settings) or public safety (police and fire fighters) and more.
Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities. It is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a healthcare profession. Learn more
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