Qualifications to become certified and licensed

Why become certified and licensed?

Certifying athletic trainers ensures high standards of professional practice. Certification by the Board of Certification (BOC) is the entry-level credential and is required by employers.

Qualifications to become a certified and licensed athletic trainer:

1. Earn your degree

  • To be eligible to sit for the certification exam, students must earn a degree from an accredited entry-level athletic training curriculum. Students are encouraged to consult the BOC for further information.

2. Obtain certification

  • After interested candidates have met the curriculum requirements, they must then pass a computer based examination administered by the BOC.
  • Those candidates who pass the exam are certified, and their certification is retained as long as they meet the continuing education requirements set by the BOC.

3. Obtain licensure

Continuing education requirements include:

  • Completion and reporting of a predetermined number of continuing education units including recertification in CPR at least once in each 3-year term
  • Adherence to the BOC Standards of Professional Practice
  • Submission of annual BOC CEU maintenance fee or payment of NATA annual dues

Why is continuing education required?

Continuing education requirements are meant to insure that ATCs stay current in the advancements in athletic training. The purposes of the requirements are that ATCs continue to:

  • Obtain current professional development information
  • Explore new knowledge in specific content areas
  • Master new athletic training-related skills and techniques
  • Expand approaches to effective athletic training
  • Further develop professional judgment
  • Conduct professional practice in an ethical and appropriate manner.

BOC examination information

Examination info for the most recent three years for The University of Akron ATEP:

BOC passing rates2016-172017-182018-193-Year Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program 15 15 13 43
Number of students graduating from the program who took examination 14 14 11 39
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 11 6 7 24
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 79% 43% 64% 62%
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 12 8 7 27
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts 86% 57% 64% 69%

Retention Rate

Enrollment Year

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

3 Year Aggregate

Max number of students

18

23

20

61

Estimated number of applicants

20

30

23

73

Actual number applicants

18

30

23

71

Number of students admitted 16 22 17 55
Number of student drop outs 4 7 2 13
Actual number graduated 12 15 15 42
Graduate 2016 Graduate 2017 Graduate 2018

Student Graduation Rate

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

3 Year Aggregate

Number of students graduating from program.

15

15

13

43

Student graduation rate

68

88

81

78

Student Employment Rate

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

3 Year Aggregate

Number of students employed as AT

5

3

4

12

Student employment rate as AT (%)

33

20

33

29

Number of students employed as other

4

7

4

15

Student employment rate as other (%)

27

47

33

36

Number of students not employed

6

5

4

15

Student not employed rate (%)

40

33

33

36