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Letter from the Professional Development
Dear BOC Approved Provider,
It’s an exciting time in the athletic training profession. Now, more than ever, Athletic
Trainers (ATs) are working in a variety of settings – from high schools to clinics, from
movie sets to professional sports arenas, from military bases to academia, and all
kinds of other places in between.
With this growth in the industry, BOC Certified ATs are increasingly held to a higher
standard of competence and professionalism. And they rely on BOC Approved
Providers for continuing education (CE) that keeps them at the top of their game.
The BOC has updated its CE requirements this reporting period to include studies
in Evidence Based Practice (EBP), the use of which helps ATs integrate clinician
expertise, patient values and current best research evidence in a decision making
process for patient care.
In 2016, the Standards for BOC Approved Providers will go into effect. The
purpose of the standards is to ensure consistency and promote the highest quality
programming for ATs. Once again, these updates will enable ATs to improve patient
As a BOC Approved Provider, you can empower ATs to do great work.
This edition of the AP Update contains information on the new EBP requirement
and how to get a program approved for EBP Category CEUs. You will also find
a preview of the Standards for BOC Approved Providers, which highlights the
changes you’ll need to know to continue offering CEUs in 2016 and beyond.
I encourage you to learn more about how the BOC is raising the bar for the athletic
training profession – and how you can help ATs grow as healthcare professionals.
Thank you, as always, for your dedication to the profession. Feel free to contact me
with any questions at JessicaR@bocatc.org or (402) 559-0091 x120.
New Opportunities for CE
The BOC website has a simple new
way of viewing continuing education
programs, which means ATs can
easily find your offerings. The update
includes a home study chart, which
displays all BOC Approved home
study programs. It also includes
a chart solely for BOC Approved
Evidence Based Practice (EBP)
Programs. These charts enable ATs
to search according to the type of
program they need. Of course, you
can also list your live events for free
on the BOC website. To do so, just
fill out our online form.
NATA Annual Meeting
Are you planning to attend the 2014
NATA Annual Meeting & Clinical
Symposia in June? We will be at
booth #846 in the NATA Partner
Pavilion, next to the Internet Cafe.
Stop by and visit!
Tips of the Trade
There are currently more than
42,000 Certified Athletic Trainers,
and all of them need to complete
continuing education requirements
to maintain their certification. Are
you doing everything you can to
reach this vast audience? To help
you connect, we are launching a
quarterly email full of useful tips
for BOC Approved Providers. The
email, called Tips of the Trade, will
share marketing ideas and inside
information. Watch your inbox – it’s
Jessica Roberts, MS Ed, ATC
Professional Development Coordinator