which we review different topics, have practice exams and
give test-taking tips to help in the preparation process of the
6) What study materials do you recommend to your students?
I always refer the students to the BOC Exam Reference list.
However, I know the list keeps growing and normally students
don’t purchase anything that isn’t on the required reading list. I
have created a library in our classroom that students can use.
These are texts that I have collected over the years but don’t
necessarily use in classes.
There are several exam review guides available, but I have to
remind students the best practice exams are online, either
through the BOC or the NATA. I encourage all to take at least
one BOC online exam in exam mode so they can see their
areas of strengths and weaknesses.
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).
During our bi-weekly seminars, these are topics we review:
1. Prior to the exam, I have students bring their computer to
class so they can log in to their BOC Central TM profile and
register for the exam.
2. In April, once they have all taken the exam and passed, they
bring their computers again and log in to BOC Central™.
I then walk them through how to enter CEUs. I also take
them to the State Board of Medicine so they can see how
to apply for state licensure.
3. Finally, during our special topics course, one of the last
presentations is called “Your First 5 Years.” I talk about
getting a job and negotiating contracts, discuss financial
goals and explain the importance of volunteerism and
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?
I have high standards for myself and for my students. I
tell them from the start, they have to raise themselves to
my standards because I refuse to lower myself to theirs.
Creating a community that has self-respect, accountability
and ownership will create an energy that carries from cohort
to cohort. I make use of my second year students to instill
program pride in the first year students. Though they’re 2
cohorts, they’re still working toward the same goal and this
mentorship creates unity within the program.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR HIGHLIGHTS
The 2017 BOC Athletic Trainer Regulatory Conference is
scheduled for July 14-15, in Omaha, Nebraska. Program topics
are appropriate for all audiences with a vested interest in the
athletic training profession, regulation, leadership and public
protection. This is also a great leadership learning opportunity
for students. Fees for the conference are $250 for general
attendees and $100 for students from a CAATE accredited
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