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By Jennifer M. Medina McKeon, PhD, ATC, CSCS
1. Developing a Presentation
For Clinical EBP programs, the application asks for a PICO
(Patient/Population, Intervention, Comparison/Control,
Outcome of Interest) question to be developed. In EBP,
“intervention” does not necessarily mean a therapeutic
exercise, physical agent/modality or medication. Intervention
simply means the factor that is being controlled for. In other
words, it is just an independent variable. The intervention can
be exposures, a diagnostic test or an economic factor.
2. Call the BOC EBP representative
Jessica is the BOC EBP representative and the liaison
between you, the applicant, and the EBP Review Committee.
Discuss what you are trying to do with her; she will be able to
better relay your ideas that may be, on paper, unclear to the
As written, the current application appears to be restrictive,
when in truth other creative ways of generating good EBP
CEU packages just have not been thought up yet. The
committee will hear these ideas, and the liaison can help
convey your message.
3. You only have to do what you say you will do
This seems obvious, but can make your life easier or harder,
depending. A participant assessment that measures the
learning objectives is required for each EBP program. While
the assessment is required, it does not have to be lengthy
and burdensome. Providers are not forced to plan a “big test,”
develop a stringent metric, implement a grading procedure or
know what to do if participants don’t reach that metric, etc.
At the end of the day, the assessment must measure the
learning objectives. The criteria for completing the assessment
can be determined by the provider. The BOC offers a
resource titled Example Assessment Methods for EBP
Programs to aid with appendix B4 on the application.
4. As of now, “sharing” presentations doesn’t make
too much sense
Right now, there is no “cheap and easy” way for an instructor
to re-use a program through different provider organizations.
A program approved for use by Provider #1 can be shared by
Provider #2, but one of the following circumstances has to be
•;Provider #2 resubmits the program for BOC review.
Appendices B4 and B5 are typically unique to each
organization and most likely must be changed. The BOC
helps with an expedited review if the majority of the
program content is the same as the previously-approved
application. Application fees apply (making this not the
“cheap” way, but fairly easy); OR,
•;Provider #1 remains as the provider and agrees to
perform all administrative activities associated with the
program. This includes tracking attendees, conducting
participant assessments, maintaining all records, and
providing participants with personalized CEU certificates
using Provider #1’s BOC Approved Provider information.
This is not the “easy” way, at least not for Provider #1,
but it is the cheaper way.
5. Get the biggest bang for your buck
Be sure to consider that the Application Fee Schedule goes
up in increments of 3 CEUs. In other words, an application
for a 0.25-3.0 credit program is (currently) $55, a 3.25-
6.0 is $110, etc. Try to get as many CEUs out of that $55
application as you can – fill up the full 3 hours, if possible.
6. Link to the BOC EBP Page
The BOC website has some pretty good materials to go
on, including the applications, examples, an FAQ and some
literature on EBP. It’s fairly well organized to find what you
will need to get the application started.
Jennifer M. Medina McKeon, PhD, ATC, CSCS, is an
Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport
Sciences at Ithaca College.
Tips from a BOC Approved Provider
For a Successful EBP App, Plan Ahead and Use BOC Resources