In the first class of their senior practicum, we outline the
process for registering and scheduling the exam as well as
making sure all of their eligibility requirements are met.
We feel overall, in light of the fact that our students are
involved in 8 semesters of clinicals as well as coursework
while on campus, they are given ample opportunities to make
sure they are preparing for the exam.
7) What study materials do you recommend to your students?
Again, we encourage the use of the self-assessment exams,
the RD/PA, the BOC exam resources as well as the consult
of their peers. We try to make sure the college library has
the most up to date resources and, as faculty, also maintain
personal libraries that the students can borrow texts from
8) 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).
All of our students are strongly encouraged to obtain their NPI
number while in the program. Since the major push began
a few years ago, we’ve also made this a challenge for our
program. It’s not yet in the books as a requirement, yet it is a
The students are usually challenged by work/graduate school
requirements to complete paperwork as soon as they are
able. We discuss in senior practicum the steps to take to
make sure they know where to find the necessary information
for the BOC as well as for licensure in the state they intend to
Real-world preparations start on day 1 for our students.
They are working with athletes and coaches during their very
first week on campus, up until their last week just before
graduation … and even sometimes after graduation if they are
finishing a baseball, softball or track rotation.
Our students are afforded the opportunity to travel due to
the fact that Hope has successful sports programs. NCAA
Our clinical schedules create dedication and responsibility.
Off-campus situations take them out of their element and
allow them to display, in essence, what they know and can
handle when asked or challenged. We believe the real world
is right now and through a safe educational environment, we
hope our students see it that way too!
9) Do you have any tips or suggestions for other PDs?
I’ll ask anyone a question who’s willing to answer! But
seriously, I am always asking peers and close friends who
have been in this role about what I can do to be better (I have
some great role models here at Hope).
I did not think I would ever be in this role, as I’m a clinician
at heart with hands that need to be used to help others. I’ve
constantly been educating my patients, managing their care,
and working with and teaching students in the classroom
setting, but the administration role and the amount to keep
track of as a PD has been quite the challenge given my other
duties. I’m still up to the task and am rolling into my second
year, still with an anxious heart, but feeling better about it.
I don’t know what the future holds for Hope’s athletic training
program given the recent Strategic Alliance announcement,
but we’ll continue to provide the best education we can for
our current and future students as long as we are able at the
The best athletic training students “get it.” There is no magic
formula. They just need to be shown the path and they usually
don’t disappoint you.
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