Athletic Training Program’s Board Exam Scores Soar
Brian Farr, director of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education’s athletic training education program, has some exciting news to report. The 2013-14 Board of Certification (BOC) examination results revealed that 10 out of 11 students passed the rigorous exam on their first attempt.
The University of Texas at Austin’s passing rate exceeds the national average by 9%. Additionally, UT students’ average scores were higher than the national average in three of the five domains. Of the nine 2014 graduates who sat for the exam, all students passed on their first attempt.
The BOC examination is the national board examination for athletic trainers. “In order to become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), the gold-standard for athletic trainers, one must pass the BOC exam,” said Farr. “As a program, it is important to have a high percentage of students pass on their first time. First time passing rates are one of the things our accreditation is based upon. Programs like ours must have at least a 70% first-time passing rate for a three year block in order to maintain accreditation.”
The online BOC exam assesses candidates’ knowledge in the five domains of athletic training: injury/illness prevention and wellness protection, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation, and organizational and professional health and well-being. The four-hour exam consists of 175 multiple choice, drag and drop, multi-select, hot spot, and focused testlet (real-life scenarios) items.