From the PDs (Melanie McGrath, PhD, ATC continued from page 4)
Then, I advise them to self-identify some areas they feel
weak in, and I have them select the relevant texts from
the BOC Exam Reference List, or I have them reference
their class notes on that area. As they get closer to their
exam date, I have them take a self-assessment, either
the BOC Self Assessment Exams or the “Study Guide”
from ACES. Finally, many of our students purchase
the commercially-available “study guides” for the BOC
exam. While these are not my first recommendation
for study materials, the texts, quizzes, and test banks
seem to motivate our students to engage in the studying
process) at least 6 months in advance of when you
hope to take the exam (or have your licensure). This
ensures that you can collect the necessary court
documents - that process can take a considerable
amount of time!
•;Most importantly, keep in contact with your PD,
Clinical Coordinator, preceptors, and fellow
graduates. They will be very important during
that first year: providing advice, helping you with
licensure paperwork, providing references, and
helping you network with other ATs (that may,
someday, want to hire you).
•;When you put someone down as a reference for a
job, email that person to notify them and include a
recent resume as well as the job description. That
way, they will be prepared to answer any questions
that may be asked during a reference check.
6) Please provide some tips for how you prepare your
students for entering the real world (e.g. completing the
BOC paperwork post-exam; state licensure/registration/
certification; NPI numbers).
•;Make your transcript requests in advance. Most
universities (including UNO) will allow you to
request a transcript to be sent after your degree
has been posted. If you request it early, you won’t
have to worry about remembering to do it as you
are moving, celebrating your graduation, and
transitioning into “the real world!”
•;Keep your CPR/AED cards in a safe location, and
KEEP YOUR EXPIRED CARDS AS WELL! If the
BOC audits your CEUs, you will need to provide
evidence that you were continuously certified in
CPR and AED. It is much easier to keep the cards
than to ask the Red Cross or AHA to dig through
their files and provide that information for you.
•;Prepare your licensure/registration application
before you graduate, and have your PD/Supervising
AT sign any documents before you graduate. Again,
this saves time.
•;If you have a criminal conviction, start your BOC
application process (and ultimately your licensure
7) Do you have any tips, suggestions or questions for
In my first month as PD, the CAATE audited one of
our programs. It was a real “trial by fire”, as I had to
come up with all of the paperwork for a program I had
literally just taken over! However, that experience really
exposed me to the administrative side of my position,
and I truly feel that it helped me transition much more
quickly than I would have, had the audit not taken place.
So while I may not recommend an audit for new PDs, I
would suggest immersing yourself in the administrative
aspect immediately. Consolidate files, audit affiliation
agreements and student files, revise Policy and
Procedure manuals, and go through the CAATE
Standards with a fine-tooth comb. Make it a goal to
know exactly how you meet each CAATE Standard,
and where that evidence is located, during your first
semester. It will make your next Annual Report or Self-Study much easier!
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