Program Director - Margaret Frens, MS, AT, ATC
PROGRAM DIRECTOR HIGHLIGHTS
Margaret Frens is Program Director/Clinical Education
Coordinator - Athletic Training and Assistant Professor/
Athletic Trainer, Department of Kinesiology, at Hope College
in Holland, MI.
1) What is the name of your institution?
2) How long have you been a PD at this institution?
One year on July 1, 2015!
3) How many students are currently in your program(s)?
We currently have 34 students enrolled in our program.
4) Do you teach any classes? If so, which one(s)?
I teach the following courses: KIN 209 Medical
Terminology (online); KIN 498 AT Practicum IV; KIN 386
Injury Assessment I; KIN 401 Therapeutic Modalities; KIN
402 Therapeutic Exercise and KIN 405 General Medical
5) Do you use the BOC Self Assessment Exam(s) to assist
your students in preparing for the exam? How?
We use the self-assessment exams for our students to
discern areas of strength and weakness before they start
their “heavy” preparations. Students are asked the take the
exams in the summer before their senior year. We pay for half
of their exam to encourage the process. There is no penalty
for not taking the self-assessment exams, but we want the
students to understand there is value in doing it. We also
encourage them to take them all, share the expenses with
their cohort and work through a couple of them together in a
large classroom over a projector. By examining the computer
testing method as well as how the questions are delivered,
students then have a better understanding of what to expect
when they go to sit for the exam.
6) How do you prepare your students for the BOC exam?
Students are asked the get their BOC identification number
by the end of their first year
at Hope, so the process
starts right away based on
our freshman admittance
standard. We want to
introduce them to the entire
process as soon as we
Starting in their sophomore
year, students are
interested in learning more
about the BOC exam itself
and what it entails, mostly
because they hear about it
from the upper class students
and become curious. Basic exam details are shared as well
as the BOC site and navigation process.
They are consistently preparing for the exam by learning over
time through 4 years of didactic and clinical experience, which
includes off-campus and summer internship opportunities.
The required AT courses as well as those suggested in our
Exercise Science program and science departments on
campus seem to prepare our students well for the exam.
We meet during their junior year in the spring to start
discussing their heavier exam preparations and how they can
use the summer between their junior and senior year to set
the stage for their exam study structure, which again includes
the self-assessment exams. We encourage the use of the
BOC Role Delineation/Practice Analysis (RD/PA) as an
outline to determine areas of strength and weaknesses. We
also encourage students to identify the resources available
to them as outlined in the BOC;Exam;Candidate;Handbook
regarding the exam references and study exams. Students
tend to work in groups, some larger than others, and meet
regularly during the fall/winter sessions to study for the exam.
Margaret Frens, MS, AT, ATC