Board of Certification (BOC) Certified Athletic Trainers are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a healthcare profession.
Students become eligible for BOC certification through completion of an athletic training degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). A degree in athletic training includes classroom study and clinical education in a variety of practice settings such as high schools, colleges/universities, hospitals, emergency rooms, physician offices and healthcare. Students Pursuing a degree in athletic training are eligible to take the BOC exam in their last semester or after graduation.
The Athletic Training Program at Southeastern
The mission of the Athletic Training Program at Southeastern is to provide a comprehensive,
progressive, educational and clinical foundation to prepare graduates for a career
in Athletic Training. As a result of the Athletic Training Student's exposure to,
as well as the participation in, the didactic and
clinical education program, each student shall develop competency in the following domains of athletic training:
• Evidence Based Practice
• Prevention and Health Promotion
• Clinical Examination and Diagnosis
• Acute Care of Injury and Illness
• Therapeutic Interventions
• Psychosocial Strategies and Referral
• Healthcare Administration
• Professional Development and Responsibility
This preparation, along with successful passing of the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination for Athletic Training, and meeting the appropriate state requirements will qualify graduates for entry-level careers in Athletic Training.
1. To prepare athletic training students to develop knowledge and skills in prevention
and health promotion.
2. To prepare athletic training students to demonstrate clinical examination and diagnosis knowledge and skills.
3. To prepare athletic training students to demonstrate knowledge and skill in the evaluation and immediate management of acute injuries and illnesses.
4. To prepare athletic training students to utilize therapeutic interventions effectively.
5. To prepare athletic training students to demonstrate professional development and responsibility.
6. To prepare athletic training students to enter the work force in athletic training and/or attend graduate school in an athletic training related field of study.
Performance standards of the professional athletic training education program are listed below. Students should read these standards carefully and are expected to be familiar with them and comply. The Southeastern Louisiana University Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies expects that all applicants for admission possess and demonstrate the skills, attributes, and qualities set forth below, with or without reasonable dependence on technology or intermediaries.
The BS in Athletic Training at SLU is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Southeastern was the first university in Louisiana to have an accredited Athletic Training program. Accreditation was initially obtained October 18, 2002, and the current accreditation extends until 2017. The program has been placed on Probation as of February 19, 2016 by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.
As an accreditation requirement, universities are required to report data on the number of graduates who take and pass the BOC exam in the past 3 years. Below is a table showing Southeastern’s data:
|Fields||2012-2013||2013-2014||2014-2015||3 year aggregate|
|Number of students graduating from program.||10||17||15||42|
|Number of students graduating from program who took examination.||10||16||14||40|
|Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt.||9||7||11||27|
|Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt.||90||44||79||68|
|Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts.||9||10||13||32|
|Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts.||90||62||93||80|
Erin Karch, MS, ATC, LAT, Program Director
Chad Dufrene, MA, ATC, LAT, Clinical Education Coordinator
Alyssa Lyon Dufrene, MD, Medical Director
Heather Dykes, MS, RD, LDN
Dan Hollander, EdD, CSCS*D
Robert R. Kraemer, EdD, FACSM