Slippery Rock University
Program Director - Jackie Williams
PROGRAM DIRECTOR HIGHLIGHTS
1) What is the name of your institution?
Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
2) How long have you been a PD at this institution?
I have been the PD for 4 1/2 years at Slippery Rock
3) How many students are currently in your program(s)?
There are 68 in the professional clinical strand of the
athletic training program, which includes sophomores,
juniors and seniors.
4) Do you teach any class(es)? If so, which one(s)?
I teach a variety of the athletic training major courses
•;ERS 427 Mastery in Athletic Training
•;ERS 407 Healthcare Administration in Athletic Training
•;ERS 317 Therapeutic Modalities Theory & Technique
•;ERS 497 Clinical Synthesis in Athletic Training
•;INDS 101 FYRST Seminar
5) Do you use the BOC Self-Assessment Exam(s) as tools
to assist your students in preparing for the exam? How?
In ERS 427 Mastery in Athletic Training, one activity I do
is to have each student purchase and complete one of
the BOC Self Assessment Exams. This activity is tied
into program and university assessment. While taking the
exam, students are asked to develop questions about the
process, how the questions are written and any topic they
are unsure of after reviewing the questions posed in the
Prior to this activity, we spend a considerable amount of
time visiting the BOC website. As a group, we review the
various exam preparation tools, work through the sample
exam questions and
review how the exam is
developed and scored.
I try to reduce any fear
they might have about
the process and set-
up of the exam. This
activity helps them
when they do take the
self assessment exam.
Students are further
encouraged to purchase
more exams closer to
when they sit for the
6) How do you prepare your students for the BOC exam?
The students begin preparing for the BOC exam during
their first athletic training major courses. The curriculum
allows for sequenced courses to build on each other,
providing reinforcement of the knowledge and skills
necessary to be an Athletic Trainer (AT).
At SRU, each of our clinical experience courses have
cumulative final examinations that are given via an online
learning management system. The examinations are
leveled according to the specific clinical experience
course and what previous athletic training courses
the students have completed. Several other athletic
training major course final examinations utilize this
system. Allowing students to become familiarized with
a computerized examination helps reduce some of the
anxiety when taking the BOC exam.
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PD at Slippery Rock University