Students must receive formal instruction in the following specific subjects:
Basic and Applied Sciences
· Human anatomy
· Human physiology
· Statistics & Research Design Rehabilitation
· Exercise Physiology
Recommended but not required by some ATEP
· 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
· Therapeutic Modalities
· Conditioning, Rehabilitative Exercise & Pharmacology
· Psychosocial Intervention and Referral
· Nutritional Aspects of Injuries & Illnesses
· Health Care Administration
Students are required to participate in a minimum of two years of academic clinical education. Through these experiences, students gain clinical experiences associated with a variety of different patient populations defined but not limited to: gender, varying levels of risk, utilization of protective equipment, and general medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, asthma) that address the continuum of care. Clinical experiences provide students with opportunities to practice, under the direct supervision of qualified Clinical Instructors.
BOC certification is recognized by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies and is the only accredited certification program for athletic trainers. To be certified, an individual must demonstrate that he/she is an athletic trainer capable of performing the required duties without threat of harm to the public. The BOC traditionally conducts annual examination development meetings during which certified athletic trainers and recognized experts in the science of athletic training develop, review and validate examination items and problems. The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for competent performance as an entry-level athletic trainer fall into three categories:
1. Understanding, applying, and analyzing;
2. Knowledge and decision-making;
3. Special performance abilities.
BOC certified athletic trainers are educated, trained and evaluated in six major practice domains:
2. Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
3. Immediate Care
4. Treatment, Rehabilitation and Reconditioning
5. Organization and Administration
6. Professional Responsibility
To become certified, the student must complete a three-part examination, including written multiple choice, a practical section, and a written stimulation test.
Because all athletic trainers deal directly with a variety of people, they need good social and communication skills. They should be able to manage difficult situations and the stress associated with them, such as when disagreements arise with coaches, clients, or parents regarding suggested treatment. Athletic trainers also should be organized, be able to manage time wisely, be inquisitive, and have a strong desire to help people.
For more information regarding the educational, certification, and licensure requirements for athletic trainers visit:
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association – www.nata.org
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association Education Council – www.nataec.org
The Board of Certification – www.bocatc.org
The Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Programs–www.caate.net
Exam: One Section: $190, Two Sections: $235, Three Sections: $ 275
For More Information, Contact:
National Athletic Trainers' Association
2952 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, Texas 75247-6196
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