Baldwin Wallace University
Program Director - Karyn Gentile
Karyn Gentile, Ms, ATC, is Athletic Training Program Director,
school of health, Physical Education & sport sciences, at
Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio.
how long have you been a PD at this institution?
I have been a Program Director at Baldwin Wallace University
for 13 years.
how many students are currently in your program(s)?
There are 28 students in the program, ranging from
sophomores to seniors.
Do you teach any classes? If so, which one(s)?
Yes, I teach a variety of courses such as Principles of Athletic
Training, Therapeutic Modalities, First Aid, Emergency Care,
as well as the Athletic Training Practicum courses.
Do you use the BOC self Assessment Exam(s) to assist your
students in preparing for the exam? how?
We ensure the students are aware of the BOC self-Assessment Exam, and some students do utilize it.
how do you prepare your students for the BOC exam?
We utilize the ACEs BOC Preparatory Workshop. The AT
Program has been using the ACEs Preparatory Workshop
as its main preparation tool for more than 10 years. It is an
excellent means for students to evaluate their strengths and
weaknesses and create a plan for preparing for the BOC
What study materials do you recommend to your students?
I recommend a variety of study tools to the students such as
textbooks, notebooks from their
courses, the nATA Position
statements, the NATA;News
and web sources.
however, students first need
to identify areas in which they
feel they are weak and then
find the appropriate resources
to address the weak areas.
I believe a key element is an
ongoing reminder provided to students throughout their
curricular progression that they are not merely earning a grade
in a class, they are obtaining knowledge and skills necessary
for the BOC exam. The studying and preparing for the exam
starts as a freshman.
Once the exam is within 6 months, as means to reduce
anxiety, I remind students that they have been preparing for
years and now is merely a time to strengthen some areas of
weakness. In addition to planning study times with intentional
content, I tell students not to go to sleep at night if they have
not learned or refreshed at least 3 new items that day. Every
day they are more prepared for the BOC exam than yesterday.
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).
The best preparation is reviewing together the excellent
resources available on the BOC website, the nATA website
and the state board website.
Karyn Gentile, MS, ATC
PROGRAM DIRECTOR HIGHLIGHTS