As health care professionals, Athletic Trainers (ATs) are seldom in the limelight. Being noticed generally means an athlete has been injured – something no one wants to happen. However, that can make it difficult for everyone to understand the important work ATs do. Promoting AT Awareness ads are now available to you to use in your publications and online.
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Professional Certificates & Plaques
The BOC offers a beautifully designed certificate with gold embossed BOC logo and seal of certification. Each certificate is personalized with the BOC Certified Athletic Trainer's name,
ATC® credential, certification number and date of certification.
Athletic Trainer must currently hold the ATC® credential in order for a certificate/plaque order to be processed.
The certificate may be purchased alone, printed on fine paper.
The certificate can be mounted on a 12 x 16 inch hardwood plaque protected by Plexiglass.
*Includes shipping and handling within the continental US (Alaska, Hawaii and international customers must call for a shipping quote). Nebraska residents add 7% sales tax. Allow 10 to 12 weeks for delivery once order is submitted.
In January 2024, the BOC will launch the pilot for Pathfinder, a platform that guides professional development and promotes learning. Pathfinder is slated to be part of the Continuing Professional Certification (CPC) program currently in development and it promotes all components of CPC: professionalism, continuing professional development and practice performance. This pilot, approved last year by the BOC Board of Directors, is an opportunity for Athletic Trainers (ATs) to test and provide feedback throughout 2024. All ATs are invited to participate in the Pathfinder pilot.
What is Pathfinder?
Pathfinder is a technology platform with a personalized dashboard through which ATs will have the opportunity to share their professional goals and interests, quiz themselves with evidence-based challenge questions and customize a professional development path by building a personal timeline. The intuitive system will recommend and allow you to save personalized references and continuing education programs from BOC Approved Providers.
ATs choosing to join the pilot will use Pathfinder during the first year of the 2024-2025 certification maintenance period. Ongoing participant feedback, as well as usage data, will be gathered and analyzed during this pilot period to refine and finalize this platform, as appropriate. This is an important step in the creation of an interactive and individualized platform to drive an impactful CPC experience for ATs.
The prototype of Pathfinder is based on an enhanced version of the existing BOC Professional Goals Appraisal (PGA) which enables ATs to assess professional needs and aspirations, develop goals and choose activities to enhance clinical competence and knowledge. Pathfinder provides a more interactive and personalized approach to developing a professional development path to meet the goals of each AT, no matter their setting or circumstances. The objective is for ATs to not only earn continuing education units (CEUs to maintain certification but identify and select those that are meaningful to specific professional goals.
Benefits of Participation
Participation in the Pathfinder pilot is completely voluntary, there is no cost to you, and there are many advantages to participating and completing all requirements by Dec. 31, 2024.
As a pilot participant, you will be an early adopter helping shape Pathfinder for fellow ATs while experiencing personalized professional development. You will also receive:
5 Category A CEUs
5 Category B CEUs
Entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of many available $50 gift cards
Pathfinder Completion Requirements
The following requirements must be completed by the deadline to receive the benefits outlined above.
Complete the SMART Questionnaire
Set at least two goals
My Challenge Questions
Complete 15 challenge questions before the end of each quarter in 2024. (Alerts will remind you to do this on time.)
Note: My Challenge Questions are for learning and self-awareness only and are not scored.
My Learning Path
Build and customize your professional development plan by adding at least two learning activities to your timeline.
Answer reflection questions when prompted (beginning in Quarter 4)
Pilot Feedback Survey
Upon completion of the above, you will be sent a survey that you must complete by Dec. 31, 2024.
In December, information about the Pathfinder option for 2024-2025 will appear in BOC profiles as ATs complete their certification maintenance requirements for 2022-2023. While full access will not open until January, ATs may enroll in the pilot program as early as December. Registration reminders will be sent through the first quarter of 2024 to encourage ATs who have not enrolled.
For additional information regarding the Pathfinder pilot, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
CPC Concept Further Defined by AT Efforts
Development of the Continuing Professional Certification (CPC) concept has been further defined over the past year, based on additional research, analysis and work from multiple Athletic Trainer (AT) volunteer groups, as well as input from various subject matter experts. The work of these groups are a direct result of the AT focus groups conducted in spring 2022 (results shared in Cert Update Winter 2022). AT voices continue to be integrated every step of the way. Response to date indicates ATs want impactful learning and continuing professional development built through hands-on and structured learning tools that allow for a flexible, individualized approach. The ultimate goal is continued competence that ensures consistent, quality patient care.
Throughout this phase there has been continued connection to ATs, using their input to shape and provide the foundation for ongoing development. Response from ATs to date indicates that they see impactful learning and continuing professional development built using hands-on and structured learning tools that allow for a flexible, individualized approach.
Work Group Phase II
Over the past year, targeted groups focused their time and expertise to develop and refine specific learning tools and components. In addition to the work of an initial Quality Improvement (QI) Work Group launched in June 2022, several additional groups began meeting bi-weekly from January to March 2023 to dig into various topics and define potential enhancements. Each provided a report and recommendations to the CPC Task Force for their analysis.
The work groups included:
Quality Improvement (QI):
This second QI group worked to expand on recommendations provided by the first work group to further develop a QI network, refine the QI template and create project examples.
Professional Goals Appraisal (PGA):
There were two work groups assembled that reviewed recommendations from a previously conducted pilot, assessed the current PGA and provided guidance for enhancing the PGA into the broader CPC program. Part of their work included development of a formative learning component.
Competence Assessment Modules (CAMs):
This group considered strategies, efficiencies and collaboration opportunities to identify recommendations for developing CAMs.
BOC Standards Committee/Continuing Education (CE):
This group evaluated current continuing education categories and requirements for any recommendations that might impact CPC.
In addition to the formulation of recommendations, each group, along with staff, considered the technology, communications and budgetary implications of proposed actions.
CPC Task Force
The CPC Task Force was a large, diverse volunteer group within the athletic training profession intentionally assembled to provide a broad representation of settings and demographics. Its role has been to provide oversight of the research and development phase where results are funneled for analysis, and to define recommendations for the BOC Board of Directors. Liaisons from the CPC Task Force attended work group meetings. Following the work group phase, the CPC Task Force met in April to review reports and recommendations from all work groups, and either accepted or enhanced presented recommendations for the BOC board’s review and approval. Their report was presented and considered during the board’s July 2023 meeting.
Based on previous board approval, the enhanced PGA, now identified as Pathfinder (a proposed component of CPC) will be piloted in January 2024 for one year. Data from this pilot will be analyzed during 2025 to identify refinements and improvements, as needed and approved by the BOC board.
In addition, the full CPC structure will continue to be developed based on research outcomes of the work groups and aligned with recommendations from the CPC Task Force and board discussions. All components studied in the work groups will be enhanced as the holistic CPC concept is further defined and shaped to meet AT needs.
Stay current on CPC developments and look for future updates here.
Visit our History page for the background on CPC and past work.
Concept of Continuing Professional Certification
AT Driven Research and Development Initial Work
At the end of 2021, the BOC Board of Directors created a new Continuing Professional Certification (CPC) Task Force comprised of volunteers to drive future efforts, integrate feedback and provide recommendations on the future of Athletic Trainer (AT) certification renewal. To date, the BOC board, this designated task force and more than 1,400 ATs have weighed in to help shape the CPC concept over the past several years - all before the open comment period held last fall. The new CPC Task Force, along with the input of hundreds to thousands more ATs, will further define CPC. By the time this is final, it will have been shaped, by and for ATs.
To begin the research and development phase, a call out for volunteers was made to allow for the BOC to gain perspectives and input from a wide cross section of ATs and other experts to shape program design. We had hundreds of ATs, and other experts, raise their hands.
Efforts for this phase, which began in March 2022 will continue for the next two to three years as AT volunteers participate in various roles to help further define and shape development of CPC to be:
An AT-centric certification renewal program that is: relevant, flexible, equitable, inclusive, aﬀordable, eﬀective and easy to manage...for all practice settings, including ATs who are PRN
A certification renewal program that protects the public and meets the needs of ATs as health care professionals
A certification renewal program that provides a better way for ATs to map their own development path
2021 Open Comment Results
Data collected during the 2021 CPC open comment period, from both Survey Monkey and Miro Board, was assimilated and analyzed. Based on feedback, four main messages were expressed that are shaping ongoing development of CPC. These data points were used to define action steps for the research and development phase.
Be mindful of potential practice setting differences and nuances. We will collect additional quantitative and qualitative data focused on the varied AT settings.
Make communication two-way and consistent. We will provide opportunities for ATs to speak and actively participate in ongoing focus and work groups. In addition, we will push out timely and meaningful project updates.
Clarify the concept of CPC and its components. We will provide updates and education to ATs on component specifics as they are shaped, as well as defining “why” they are to be included.
Create a structure to support ATs. We will shape CPC to be flexible, customizable, time-efficient, and cost-effective to our diversified audience of ATs.
“Continuing Professional Certification (CPC) Concept Q&A” webinar held Oct. 20, 2021
Overview and Explanation of Proposed Concept
Recertification is changing in health care. The BOC is shaping a new recertification concept - the BOC, with input from ATs in all settings, is shaping a new recertification concept designed to offer a more customized and efficient professional development program. The concept is meant to provide ATs the flexibility to map out an individualized professional development plan based on their preferred learning style, professional goals and practice setting. The ultimate goal of the final concept is to provide consumers the comfort of knowing all ATs are staying current with cutting edge knowledge and skills in the field of athletic training.
Staying at the top of our game as a profession is critical. The BOC has been working on a better approach to ongoing continuing education for the past 11 years for several reasons. We are looking to meet ATs where they are. Giving ATs choices and flexibility for equitable and affordable continuing education is our goal.
Evidence through the Institute of Medicine (IOM) (now the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has shown that across the health care professions, continuing education units alone aren’t as effective or practical as they could be, and much of the medical field is moving away from this approach, including nursing, occupational therapy, physician assistants and dietetics. Overall, recommended guidance for health care professionals is to have requirements for continued competence and maintenance of certification that are grounded in the IOM/NAM’s Core Competencies:
During April 2022, eight AT focus groups, representing varied practice settings, took place. Results from these groups helped to define plans and next steps for ongoing work groups.
The main objectives of these research discussions were to define meaningful and impactful activities for learning and professional development, as well as identify any challenges specific to practice setting that could impede completion of any proposed certification maintenance activities.
Work Group Phase – QI
The CPC work groups launched in June and will continue through 2023, based on input gathered during earlier research and ongoing work group results.
One of the first work groups centered around the concept of Quality Improvement (QI). QI is a component of CPC under consideration, based on previous results of a QI pilot (conducted from January to August 2020) involving nearly 250 ATs, as well as positive input around this educational tool received during the AT focus groups for CPC.
This group was charged with sharpening an existing template for QI to allow ATs to create their own projects, providing a directly applicable and individualized approach. In addition, the group provided several recommendations for the technology and facilitation of these components as well as discussed methods for QI project collaboration among ATs. During discussion, the group defined Quality Improvement as it relates to the athletic training profession:
Quality improvement provides the framework to continuously and systematically evaluate Athletic Trainer’s health care delivery to improve their practice and quality of service for patients.
The QI work group consisted of six ATs and one outside expert who specializes in quality improvement. All AT participants had QI experience, and some are currently teaching QI to ATs and other health care professionals. This group met over six weeks during July and August. Additional work groups, including a second QI Work Group, are currently meeting and will continue into 2023.
The BOC Power Panel, a large group of ATs and other stakeholders, provides input during CPC development through online survey feedback. Most recently, the Power Panel was surveyed about frequency of educational activities and its impact on learning.
When asked “How often should ATs engage in continuing education during any given month?” more than 80% responded monthly, while nearly one-fifth responded that multiple times per month was ideal. In a follow-up question, results showed that this group of ATs felt that integrating new knowledge into their practice, they needed to engage with the material an average of 47 times.
“Frequency of learning and application leads to competence and eventual reflection. Reflection on practice creates advanced knowledge and skill that drive the profession forward.” – Power Panel participant
Within the open-ended portion of the survey results, the following key learning themes emerged related to effective learning for ATs:
Results such as those outlined, in addition to outcomes from ongoing efforts, will be continuously analyzed and reviewed. This progression will continue for at least the next two years until CPC is finalized and implemented to meet the needs of ATs, while fulfilling the level of certification required to enhance our profession and protect the public.
Q: Has the CPC plan already been finalized?
A: No. There has been and will continue to be opportunities for Athletic Trainers (ATs) to help shape the final result.
Q: When will the changes be implemented?
A: No sooner than 2024, and potentially not until 2026. We anticipate a slow and gradual roll out.
Q: If CPC is a recertification program, does that mean taking an exam to recertify?
A: No. Recertification is the renewal of one’s certification based on a set of requirements. For example, the requirements ATs met at the end of the last reporting period were recertification requirements.
Q: Why is the BOC in the CEU business?
A: The BOC is not in the CEU business, rather the certification business. The BOC is accredited by a third party (National Commission for Certifying Agencies) and an overarching standard that we must meet includes: The certification program must require periodic recertification. BOC’s current recertification requirements include a set number of CEUs that are provided by BOC Approved Providers and other CE organizations.
Q: Why are we changing how ATs recertify?
A: Staying at the top of our game as a health care professional is critical. We’ve been working on a better approach to ongoing continuing education (CE) for the past 11 years for several reasons:
To meet ATs where they are, and in their practice settings. Giving ATs choices and flexibility for equitable and affordable CE is our goal.
ATs have suggested over the years that the current approach to CE could be more relevant, useful and efficient.
Research has supported this notion (see below).
Q: What evidence suggests that current CEUs aren’t the optimal way?
A: Continuing Professional Certification (CPC) is overall guidance for health care professionals’ requirements for continuing competence and maintenance of certification that are grounded in the core competencies identified in the Institute of Medicine (IOM), now the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) report “Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality” (2003) and reiterated in other IOM/ NAM reports, such as “Redesigning Continuing Education in the Health Professions” (2010), as well as the latest edition of the Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE) “Certification: The ICE Handbook” (2019).
Provide patient-centered care
Work in interdisciplinary teams
Employ evidence-based practice
Apply quality improvement
Evidence has shown that across the health care professions, CEUs alone aren’t as effective or practical as they could be, and much of the medical field is evolving their approach, including nursing, occupational therapy, physician assistants and dietetics.
Q: What other health care profession’s certification agency requires CEUs?
A: Most accredited certification agencies for other health care professions currently require CEUs for recertification (e.g, National Board of Certification for Occupational Therapy, National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists, National Board for Respiratory Care, etc.).
Q: Shouldn't CE be tied to our state license?
A: Your state license and BOC certification are two distinct, separate things and vary by state. Some states recognize BOC certification for license renewal. Other states align their renewal requirements with those of the BOC and some states have their own renewal requirements. And one state does not have state licensure. Again, BOC certification is separate from licensure and how they work together can vary considerably, depending on where the AT practices.
Promoting the Athletic Training Profession
Q: Why doesn't the BOC put their efforts into widespread promotion of the profession?
A: The BOC is a credentialing agency, and our mission is to provide exceptional credentialing programs for health care professionals to assure protection of the public. While the BOC promotes the profession when possible, its priority must be public protection and the CPC concept is an initiative that does both protect the public and promotes the profession. The NATA is the primary organization promoting the athletic training profession. BOC encourages all ATs to be engaged members of the NATA and explore the numerous NATA benefits.
Q: What will the requirements be to maintain my certification?
A: This has yet to be determined.
Q: Will there be the opportunity for growth to make sure change in clinical practice happens?
A: Yes, that is the idea. CPC would address both continued competence across the domains of athletic training, but also provide activities that promote growth and clinical expertise to enhance patient outcomes.
Q: Does the CPC align with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) standards and processes?
A: There may be some alignment, but ACCME standards address continuing medical education (CME). There is more alignment with ACCME standards and BOC Approved Provider standards for CE, which has been in place since 2016.
Professional Goals Appraisal (PGA)
Q: How will the PGA continue to be effective with the high turnover in athletic training settings?
A: The PGA is meant to be dynamic to adapt to the AT and will need to have the ability to make updates to goals if necessary.
Q: If the PGA says I'm supposed to do more work with modalities to maintain my certification, I don't have modalities at my school to use aren't I still just "checking the box"?
A: Because the goals you develop in the PGA should take into consideration your weaknesses and strengths, as well as your environment and other factors (such as whether you plan to stay in that environment) addressing modalities may not be part of your professional development or you may want it to be because you plan to change jobs. The PGA is dynamic and not solely focused on weaknesses.
Q: Will an AT be penalized if a suggested CE activity is not utilized?
A: While the details of the CPC concept are to be determined, it is not the intent of the PGA for an AT to be penalized for not taking suggested activities.
Q: Will the PGA limit what an AT can do for CEUs?
A: No. The PGA will produce recommended development activities that are relevant to your interests, practice setting and strengths. It produces a recommended pathway, not a concrete road. Think of the PGA as a blueprint for the individual AT. If your practice setting or interests change, and consequently your plan changes, that’s ok. Your CE should reflect that change.
In addition, we’ve received comments that indicate the PGA sounds like an exam. While the AT is asked questions in the early stages of a PGA, the purpose of the questions is to identify where the AT’s development should or could be. It is certainly not anything to be stressed about, quite the opposite. The PGA only helps ATs to customize their learning path and identify learning activities or interventions that suit their own needs.
Q: How does PGA work with the non-practicing AT?
A: Ultimately, you develop the goals in the PGA. Your goal may be to maintain your credential and/or your license, or maybe you plan to return to practice. Your goal may be to focus on what knowledge and skills you want or need to return to practice safely.
Competence Assessment Modules (CAMs) and Quality Improvement (QI)
Competence Assessment Modules (CAMs): Mental Health Pilot 774 ATs from 14+ different practice settings completed the CAMs – Mental Health pilot. In a post-pilot survey, participants agreed the CAMs improved their knowledge of mental health as well as their awareness of strengths and weaknesses in this area. Specifically, over 92% of participants “Agreed” or “Strongly Agreed” the CAMs “Improved my knowledge of mental health.”
Quality Improvement (QI) Projects QI: Facility Principles Pilot 115 ATs from a variety of practices settings completed the QI - Facility Principles Pilot. In a post-pilot survey, participants indicated the process improved their awareness of areas for improvement, strengths and/or compliance and ultimately enhanced patient outcomes. Specifically, over 70% of participants “Agreed” or “Strongly Agreed” the project “Enhanced my patients’ outcomes.”
QI: Hand Hygiene Pilot 127 ATs from a variety of practices settings completed the QI – Hand Hygiene Pilot. In a post-pilot survey, participants indicated the process improved their awareness of areas for improvement, strengths and/or compliance and ultimately enhanced patient outcomes. Specifically, nearly 80% of participants “Agreed” or “Strongly Agreed” the project “Enhanced my patients’ outcomes.”
Q: What examples can you provide of a QI project?
A: Example 1 - Documentation After a review of charts, we found that our staff is inconsistent in completing discharge summaries in our electronic health care records. We need to have 100% of charts complete and currently only 70% of charts have discharge summaries completed.
Our plan is to initiate a staff education program. After four weeks, we’ll do a chart review and assess how many charts have completed discharge summaries.
Example 2 – Infection Control (see optional Hand Hygiene QI project coming in 2022)
According to the CDC and WHO, hand hygiene is an important practice to reduce the spread of infection. After conducting a brief patient survey, we found that staff’s compliance with appropriate hand hygiene occurred only 50% of the time. Our goal is to increase hand hygiene compliance to 100%.
Our plan is to educate staff and place poster reminders in common places to help AT remember to wash their hands. After two weeks, we’ll conduct another patient survey to assess hand hygiene compliance.
Example 3 – Facilities (see optional Facilities Principles QI project coming in 2022) Upon review of the BOC Facility Principles and completing the corresponding online Facilities Principles Assessment, we found that our facility only met 40 of the 57 requirements.
We identified three requirements that we could address in the short-term and more in the long-term with the help of appropriate personnel. Following are the three short-term requirements we will address first:
Properly display Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) within our facility
Post egress and exit routes in the facility
Display current state licenses and certification of all employees within the facility
At the end of the year, we’ll complete the online Facilities Principles Assessment again to measure the number of requirements our facility now meets, as a comparison.
Q: Can QIs be done with athletic training program students to improve program outcomes?
A: The AT credential is a practice credential. Therefore, QIs in CPC should link to patient outcomes not education outcomes. If the QI can be built to focus on patient outcomes, then it could be counted.
Q: For those of us who participate in clinical research, could we use our research question and our research to fulfill our QI requirement?
A: Of course! If the goal of the research includes improvement of patient outcomes, then yes it could fulfill the requirement.
Q: Can you provide some examples of how an athletic training educator can complete a QI?
A: Athletic training educators in professional programs are well positioned to participate because programs are already required to have students engage in a QI project. (See Standard 63: Use systems of quality assurance and quality improvement to enhance client/patient care.) The athletic training educator could work as a member of a student’s QI team to help with the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle seen below associated with a specific effort. For example, maybe a student notices that individuals with ankle injuries are routinely referred for imaging and wants to test a change to reduce the number of unneeded imaging. The QI team, then, plans the change, actually tests the change in real life, examines the results, and then determines any needed changes that result.
Q: How does a non-practicing AT do the QI?
A: The required and optional activities for CPC have not been determined, including QI. That said, it depends on your situation. For example, if an AT is in an administrative position and no longer practicing, there are other projects that would ultimately improve patient care, such as a review of policies and procedures, where they can assess a process, identify gaps or inefficiencies, craft and implement a solution, monitor the outcomes and reflect to determine if the solution worked or if a different solution is needed. In fact, the BOC has a tool, Policy and Procedure Development, to help assess policies and procedures on employee safety, facility, risk and crisis management, privacy/confidentiality, disposal of medical sharps, EAPs, exertional heat illness, health records, infection prevention and control, and lightning safety.
Q: Will the CAM topics be prescribed, or will ATs be responsible to create our own and gather all the resources?
A: The CAMs would be developed by the BOC or perhaps another third party, and the idea is to have a library for ATs based on their needs.
Q: Will QIs and CAMs eventually become mandatory to maintaining our certification?
A: We don’t know. However, we do anticipate that CPC will likely evolve over time.
Q: How will each QI or CAM be measured as CEUs?
A: In the short-term (2022-2023 reporting period), BOC is using a flat number for QI projects of 10 Category A CEUs (hand hygiene and facility principles) which is based on data from the pilot. CAMs will be based on the number of questions in the assessment - this too is based on data from the pilot. In the long-term (2024 and beyond), it is to be determined.
Q: How will a QI be reviewed?
A: Details on QI projects have not been determined for CPC.
Q: For the QI projects, do they have to be started and completed within the 2-year report year or can there be an overlap as long as there is an updated report submitted?
A: While not determined at this point, if we align with current practice, any QI projects or other CPC activities would receive credit for the period in which they are completed.
Q: Who develops QIs? Will some of these be provided by the BOC or are they things that we, as individual practitioners, develop and implement?
A: QIs could be developed by anyone, but the BOC plans to have “canned” QI projects available to ATs. This is also a space where BOC Approved Providers could be involved.
Q: How would we report the QI component?
A: BOC would provide technology for reporting.
Q: Does every QI have to have a quantitative component, or can it be qualitative?
A: While the logistics of a QI have not been determined, typically QI can use quantitative and/or qualitative data.
Q: Can a QI be done with other health care professional credentialed people and/or non-health care professionals such as educators? It seems like there are opportunities with concussion protocols to include teachers with the return to class activities.
A: While the logistics of QI have not been determined, QI typically encourages interdisciplinary collaboration and including other related staff may be ideal for the success of a QI. Many considerations would go into QI development such as limitations and/or dependencies from others and how that might affect successful completion of a QI.
Q: Do you anticipate updated CE opportunities to be available?
A: Please contact individual BOC Approved Providers for more information on updated CE opportunities.
Q: Will there be any conversations about getting CEUS or “Credits” for being an athletic training educator?
A: You can receive credit for attending programs that teach you how to teach skills such as cupping, joint mobilizations, IASTM, etc. If the program is provided by a BOC Approved Provider it will qualify for Category A, and if not, Category D. The following explanation is provided in the BOC Certification Maintenance document:
If the program/activity content incorporates tasks from the current Practice Analysis in a substantive manner or has a focus of health care education, it may qualify for CEUs. If the content of the program/activity addresses pedagogy or improving the skill of teaching, or assessing participant learning outcomes, it does not qualify for CEU. For example, programs related to teaching a clinical skill, documentation or communication involve tasks in the Practice Analysis and qualifies for CEUs. Curriculum design, however, does not represent tasks incorporated in the Practice Analysis and does not qualify for CEUs
Q: Will there be maximums on the number of CEUs obtained within each CE category? For example, 40 is the maximum CEUs in category A when 50 CEUs are due.
A: The details of CE requirements for CPC have not been determined.
Q: Will this program require more of an AT’s time and money to fulfill CE requirements?
A: No. We know ATs carry more than a full load, and the time you spend in professional development should be time well-spent. The new system is being designed to:
Give you more flexibility - Autonomy and ability to incorporate the material that will advance your own practice and goals, best adapted to your practice setting.
Be more efficient - We heard the question, “Will it take more time and money?” and the answer to that is “no”. The concept does not include an increase in required CE; in fact, the number of required CE may decrease. Our goal is to make CE count, not count CEU’s. We are looking for ways we can make use of what you already do day to day that may contribute to CE. (Meanwhile, it is difficult to estimate the exact amount of time and dollars recertification will take, as each AT would be making choices about their individualized plan, but it should not cost more).
Add more value - With new approaches that help ATs actually focus your learning on what you need and want to learn to increase your knowledge, skills and abilities. The PGA is an excellent example of how this can be done at a low cost. ATs who complete the PGA earn 10 Category B CEUs for $65.
Q: My school doesn’t fund my professional development and this new program sounds expensive. Am I going to be asked to pay more out of my own pocket annually with CPC?
A: Making recertification more costly is not the plan. We want to make it more effective, which doesn’t have to mean more expensive. The concept does not include an increase in required CE; in fact, the number of required CEUs may decrease. We are looking for ways that we can make use of what you already do day to day that may contribute to your continuing education. A QI project could be an example of this.
A large part of promoting the athletic training profession is using the proper terminology when talking to patients, co-workers, and the public. Start by getting to know the basics when it comes to athletic training terminology.
Displaying abbreviations after your name
degree, license and credential
Jane Doe, PhD, LAT, ATC
AT is a noun and refers to the person
Example: Jane Doe is an AT
ATC is a credential and appears only after a Certified Athletic Trainer’s name
Example: Jane Doe, ATC
Do not use “trainer”
By itself, “trainer” does not distinguish between Athletic Trainers and other professionals
Athletic Training Facility
Use athletic training facility, NOT athletic training room
Board of Certification (BOC)
The BOC (that’s us!) is the credentialing agency that certifies ATs and approves organizations to offer continuing education
National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA)
The NATA is the professional membership association for Certified Athletic Trainers and others who support the athletic training profession
Inter-agency Terminology Glossary
Listing My Credentials
Listing My Credentials
Consistency in how Athletic Trainers identify themselves alleviates confusion and lends credibility to the profession. List academic degrees first, licenses second and credentials last. Here, credentials include BOC certification. For instance, a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer holding a master’s degree and working in a state where licensure is not required should write, “Sally Snow, MS, ATC” – not “ATC, MS.” The same BOC Certified Athletic Trainer working in a state with licensure would correctly write, “Sally Snow, MS, LAT, ATC.” See the illustration for an example.
What do these qualifications mean? Licensure provides a legal right to practice, while certification, which is voluntary, states that a professional body – in this case, the BOC – has determined that your knowledge and skills have met a pre-determined standard. If you use more than one credential, list them in order of difficulty of obtaining them. With credentials of similar difficulty, such as ATC and PT, list them in chronological order.
NATA News: Proper Treatment of Degrees, Licenses and Credentials
The "BOC Facility Principles" document was created to ensure safe, effective operation and compliance of athletic training facilities. The document was created by the Facility Standards Work Group in 2012. Its members developed the comprehensive document detailing what is essential to ensure a safe, properly equipped athletic training facility. The work group consisted of experts from BOC, NCAA, NATA, NIAAA, NFHS, CUATC and SSATC committees. Click below to download the PDF version of the "BOC Facility Principles" document.
BOC Facility Principles Online Resource
The "BOC Facility Principles" online resource helps you gauge your athletic training facility’s compliance with applicable regulations and best practices. This online tool includes interactive checklists on accessibility, privacy and confidentiality, employee safety, safe handling of hazardous materials, emergency preparedness and more. It also allows you to generate reports for each facility you assess. Click below to begin an assessment of your athletic training facility and generate a report for your own use.
Facility Principles Document
BOC Guiding Principles for AT Policy and Procedure Development Document
The BOC Guiding Principles for AT Policy and Procedure Development document provides a template to guide the development of policies and procedures. In addition, the template provides a recordkeeping function to demonstrate that training and retraining are a part of policy implementation. This document was created by the Facility Standards Work Group in 2016. Their goal was to develop educational materials to assist ATs and other appropriate individuals in the development of policies and procedures for the delivery of healthcare in their organization. Click below to download the PDF version of the Guiding Principles for AT Policy and Procedure Development document.
Guiding Principles for AT Policy and Procedure Development Online Resource
The Guiding Principles for AT Policy and Procedure Development online resource helps in the development and implementation of policies and procedures. This online tool includes interactive checklists on employee safety, facility management, patient safety, privacy/confidentiality, risk management and more. It also allows you to generate reports. Click below to begin and generate a report for your own use.
Guiding Principles for AT Policy and Procedure Development Document
Individual Activity Review
Individual Activity Review
Do you need help determining if a particular activity is eligible for CEUs?
The free Individual Activity Review tool is a resource to determine if CE activities fall within the domains of athletic training as defined in the "BOC Practice Analysis, 7th Edition" (PA7). The BOC ultimately determines if an activity is eligible for CEUs regardless of the outcome of this tool.
Common topics that fall within the domains of athletic training:
Basic and Applied Sciences
Statistics and Research Design
Health Care Administration
Risk Management and Injury Prevention
Pathology of Injuries and Illnesses
Orthopedic Clinical Examination and Diagnosis
Medical Conditions and Disabilities
Acute Care of Injuries and Illnesses
Conditioning, Rehabilitative Exercise and Pharmacology
Psychosocial Intervention and Referral
Nutritional Aspects of Injuries and Illnesses
Professional Development Needs Assessment
Professional Development Needs Assessment
Professional Development Needs Assessment (PDNA) is a tool intended to empower Athletic Trainers (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 Practice Analysis, 7th Edition."
ATs can use the results of a PDNA to:
Form the framework for a professional development plan
Identify professional growth opportunities
Link current skills and abilities to critical job skills and performance plans
Assess learning needs prior to transitioning from one area of practice to another
Assess learning needs prior to re-entering the workforce after a prolonged absence from practice
PDNA results are for personal use only and in no way impact current certification status.
The BOC has provided you with seven PDNA options to accommodate your needs. Each PDNA version is designed to provide a snapshot of your professional development needs.
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