Featured BOC Approved Provider
How has the enhanced Standards for BOC Approved
Providers impacted your program development and
administrative processes to offer continuing education
(CE) programs for Athletic Trainers?
Our course development process is more streamlined and
we’re able to share the BOC Standards as well as our
continuing education handbook throughout our organization.
Before, a few members of our team felt comfortable making
content recommendations for possible BOC CE course
material, but now we’re able to expand the base of knowledge
and different people can recognize content that’s appropriate
for the BOC.
Our journals division has made suggestions for CE courses
from their content, and that would not have happened a year
ago. The CE committee can then review this content and
In addition, more questions are being asked before and during
course development to ensure the products we produce
meet the BOC Standards. We are in a better position to plan
courses appropriately, rather than having to go back and make
adjustments once courses are produced.
What challenges and hurdles did your organization
overcome to comply with the Standards?
In getting prepared to meet the new requirements, we had
to review all of our courses, and in some cases, had to retire
courses that were no longer suitable because of the new
Standards. This process was time consuming and at points,
painful. It took a lot longer than we thought it would.
We also had to re-examine all of our CE awards and in some
cases lower the BOC awards for particular courses. This was
unfortunate for our customers, and we did our best to work
with them and exchange older courses for newer ones with
higher values when possible. This was a hurdle that felt really
uncomfortable, but most of our customers took the news well
and were just glad that we communicated with them before
they took the course.
Once the review process was complete, it was reassuring
to know that all of our courses could be delivered with
confidence and that we had really been thorough with our
review. Sometimes when new employees transition into a
role, they are not given the reasoning for certain procedures
and then start developing different procedures. This process
helped us make sure that all of our courses were at the
required level for BOC CE. Now we have a strong, very
complete process in place, which will help us ensure the level
and quality of our courses regardless of who is in what role in
Do you believe the Standards have increased the
continuity, quality and outcomes of your education
In each issue of AP;Update, the BOC recognizes a BOC Approved Provider for notable
efforts to enhance its continuing education programs for Athletic Trainers. Featured
organizations follow the guidelines set forth in the BOC;Approved;Provider;Handbook
and comply with the 2016 Standards;for;BOC;Approved;Providers.
This issue’s featured BOC Approved Provider is Human Kinetics. The BOC asked
Michelle Grindley, Continuing Education Manager, to comment on the company’s
experience as it adapted its procedures to comply with the BOC Standards.
If you would like to share
your experience as a BOC
Approved Provider, please
contact us at Provider@
bocatc.org for details.