As a BOC Approved Provider, you know that your
continuing education (CE) programs must be appropriate
for a professional-level Athletic Trainer. But what does
“professional-level” mean within this context?
The Role Delineation Study/Practice Analysis (RD/PA)
provides guidance into what is expected of professional-level athletic training practice. This document helps users
identify the knowledge and skills necessary for a professional-level Athletic Trainer to perform critical tasks safely and
competently. It also outlines the minimum requirements for
continuing education (CE).
No matter the topic, CE must promote continued
competence, development of current knowledge and skills
and enhancement of professional skills and judgment. CE
activities must focus on increasing knowledge, skills and
abilities related to the practice of athletic training.
When you’re developing programs, identify programs that
are truly intended for the healthcare provider. Programs that
are composed and produced for the continuing education of
physicians or nurses most likely meet BOC requirements. CE
programs should not be targeted to personal trainers, fitness
instructors, coaches, athletes or sport enthusiasts.
Language should also be appropriate for individuals who
have received medical training. Accordingly, instructors
and program materials should use medical terminology.
For example, the term “patella” should be used instead of
“kneecap.” Programs that include definitions of basic medical
terminology may not meet BOC requirements.
The BOC Approved Provider Guidebook outlines program
requirements and the roles and responsibilities of BOC
Approved Providers. In this document, you will find
information about the RD/PA (pages 4 and 5), program
audience (page 10) and level of difficulty (page 10 and 11).
A printed copy of the guidebook was mailed to you in April
2014 for your reference as well.
You are encouraged to review the above documents for
additional information about professional-level practice or
contact the BOC with questions.
What ‘Professional Level’ Means for Athletic Trainer CE
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