Students and Public
What is an Athletic Trainer?
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by ATs comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
How do I qualify to become an Athletic Trainer?
To become an athletic trainer, candidates must graduate with a degree in Athletic Training from an accredited athletic training program and successfully pass the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam. To practice as an athletic trainer in most states, the individual must also be credentialed within the state.
What factors I should take into consideration when choosing an Athletic Training Program?
There are many factors that students (and parents) should consider when choosing a college or university for a degree in Athletic Training. Listed below are a few questions that prospective students and their parents should ask when trying to choose a college/university to study athletic training.
- Is the program accredited? Program MUST be accredited for graduates to sit for the BOC exam
- How successful are the program’s graduates on the BOC examination? Graduates of Athletic Training Professional Programs are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination that serves as the credentialing examination for the profession. Each program MUST publish student outcomes data on their website. This includes:
- The number of students graduating from the program who took the examination, number and percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt, and overall number and percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts.
- Programs that do not meet or exceed a three year aggregate of 70 percent first-time pass rate on the BOC examination are in non-compliance with CAATE Standard 11.
- Although graduate’s success on the BOC exam is just one indicator of the program’s outcomes, passing the examination is a requirement to enter the profession so should be a consideration when a prospective student is choosing a program.
BOC Exam – Aggregate Pass Rate Across All Programs
Pass Rates for BOC Certification Examination, 2010-2011 to
2012-2013 by Cohort.
% First Time Pass Rate
Overall pass rate
Please note that the pass rate when calculated by cohort may be different than the pass rate reported by the BOC as their report is based on their examination year and not on the cohorts by academic year. In the spring of each year, the BOC publishes its annual exam report on its website. The full report for each exam year (1996-2013) can be found on the BOC website at www.bocatc.org/resources/exam-reports
To see a specific programs first time and overall pass rate on the Board of Certification examination, click here.
Other factors in choosing a Professional Program in Athletic Training
- In what college/department is the program located? Is the program housed with other health care professions? A big part of learning to be a health care professional is interacting with other health care professionals and students.
- What is the size and experience of the program faculty?
- What is the placement rate of the program’s graduates? Do graduates find jobs in athletic training?
- Does the program offer a variety of clinical placements with athletic and non-athletic populations?
Information on Degree Mills
Be sure the institution you are interested in attending is accredited. Information on Degree and Accreditation Mills may be found through the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) http://www.chea.org/
FAQs for Students and the Public
55. All clinical education must be contained in individual courses that are completed over a minimum of two academic years. Clinical education may begin prior to or extend beyond the institution’s academic calendar. 56. Course credit must be consistent with institutional policy or institutional practice. 57. All clinical education experiences must be educational in nature. The program must have a written policy that delineates a minimum and maximum requirement for clinical hours. 58. Students must have a minimum of one day off in every seven-day period. 59. Students will not receive any monetary remuneration during this education experience, excluding scholarships. 60. Students will not replace professional athletic training staff or medical personnel.