Georgia Southern University
Program Director - Steven Patterson
PROGRAM DIRECTOR HIGHLIGHTS
Steven Patterson Ed.D., LAT, ATC
Georgia Southern University
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Steven Patterson Ed.D., LAT, ATC is Program Director at
Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia.
1) How long have you been a PD at this institution?
2) How many students are currently in your program(s)?
There are 40 students in professional phase of the program
in the fall.
3) Do you teach any classes? If so, which one(s)?
I currently teach Clinical Skills I (Taping and Bracing),
Therapeutic Modalities, Therapeutic Rehabilitation, and our
Clinical Practicum II course where we do much of our BOC
exam prep during the students’ final semester.
4) Do you use the BOC self-assessment exams to assist
your students in preparing for the exam? How?
During the practicum course the students are aware of how
the BOC self-assessment tools can be of great assistance
in seeing weak spots as they prepare for the exam. Each of
the students answer the sample questions from the BOC
website in class so they can understand the set up and flow
of the exam. We then recommend they purchase the tool
as they are studying a few months prior to taking the BOC
5) How do you prepare your students for the BOC exam?
As faculty and preceptors, we want our students to be
lifelong learners and that BOC prep begins the first day in
the professional phase of the AT Program (ATP). We do not
just want them to pass the exam but to be able to continue
growing and furthering their knowledge and skill after leaving
Georgia State University (GS). Our students are able to attend
the District IX (SEATA) Student Symposium each February
while they are in the ATP.
As a learning and
for students, I believe
there is nothing like it in
the country. Prior to the
Athletic Trainers (ATs)
sitting for their BOC exam,
we have them go through
each of the domains and try to pinpoint areas of weakness
and help them not only come to the right conclusion to a
question but understand why.
6) What study materials do you recommend to your
Along with the required and optional textbooks utilized in
the program we also use position statements and up-to-date research articles that allow students to gain a deeper
understanding of information vital to being a quality AT.
During the final semester, the students work through an
exam text book that we go over and discuss each week in
7) 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).
Each of the AT faculty advises students as they matriculate
through the program. During those meetings we not only
help them fill their academic schedule but also, see what
settings students want to pursue upon completion of the
ATP. This allows the students to construct and refine their
resumes and interview skills. We have the students start
looking at the state licensure requirements for areas of the
country they may be interested in living. We also make sure