part of an assignment, seniors complete the self-assessment
exam out of this text and develop a study guide/professional
development plan based on the results from this self-assessment exam. I do not require students to purchase or
utilize any other specific resources.
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).
I dedicate one class in the spring semester for senior students
to review the process for registering for the BOC Exam as
well as what to do once they have passed. This includes
completing their file with the BOC as well as identifying
specifics for state certification processes. Additionally, I
go over the CEU reporting process and the various ways
to participate in professional development and continuing
I try to impress upon students to ask their colleagues, mentors
and bosses for help in navigating this process. All Athletic
Trainers have to complete the same reporting processes to
obtain state credentials and submit professional development
activities, so other people are great resources. I think the
bottom line is that students shouldn’t make a mistake with
their post-exam paperwork just because they didn’t want to
ask for help!
Regarding “entry into the real world,” I host a web-based
young professionals panel. I invite 3 to 4 former program
graduates to conference call in during one class period.
Senior students have the opportunity to ask these alumni
questions about their transition into the work force, graduate
athletic training programs, other professional programs, etc.
The students seem to like the opportunity, and I have found
it is a great way to stay in touch with program alumni while
providing them an opportunity chance to “give back.”
8) Do you have any tips or suggestions for other PDs?
•;Aside from sending emails, have you found a way to
effectively and equally communicate with on- and off-campus preceptors?
•;For those of you directing undergraduate-level
professional programs, are your institutions requiring you
to perform a “financial feasibility study” as part of the
process for transitioning to a graduate-level program?
PROGRAM DIRECTOR HIGHLIGHTS
I Passed the BOC Exam. Now What?
The BOC website has a section dedicated to assisting students
with the transition from candidate to AT. The Transition from
Candidate to AT section includes information on:
•;Obtaining a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number
•;The professional association
Tell your students and preceptors about this feature!