Practice Analysis, 7th Edition
The Practice Analysis, 7th Edition (PA7) identifies essential
knowledge and skills for the athletic training profession and
serves as a blueprint for exam development and continuing
competence programming. The Practice Analysis changes
approximately every 5 years.
What’s different in PA7?
1. Domain titles
2. Enhanced focus on:
• Systematic actions
• Obtaining, interpreting and using data to make
• Evidence based principles and practices
PA7 was effective for BOC exams beginning with the May/
June 2017 exam and continuing education beginning
January 1, 2018. Click here to purchase the full electronic
version of the PA7 for $14.95 in the online resource store.
This is an electronic file that will be available for download
immediately upon completion of online payment.
Be sure all continuing education activity falls within PA7.
As always, BOC staff are available to assist in making this
It is important to own the current
PA7. This document serves as a
job analysis for ATs demonstrating
knowledge and skills in providing
healthcare for athletes.
The accompanying PA7 documents
are available for download at no cost:
Content Outline for PA7
Comparison of PA7 to RD/PA6
How to Use PA7
Why didn’t I
receive an exam
score when I
Candidates who pass the BOC exam will not receive an exam score on their exam result letter. Once the passing
standard (score of 500) has been met, the score becomes irrelevant. The exam is designed to identify individuals
who have met a specific threshold, therefore; it would be inappropriate to use an exam score to compare passing
candidates (e.g., a candidate who scores a 600 is not necessarily more qualified or competent than a candidate
who scores a 550 when the passing standard is 500).
Candidates who are successful on the BOC exam will see a status of “Certified” or “Eligible for Certification” in
BOC Central™. If a candidate’s status is “Eligible for Certification,” use of the ATC® credential is strictly prohibited
until a candidate’s requirements are complete and the BOC has granted certification.
For more information, please visit the BOC website.