Practice Makes Permanent

Athletic Training Students spend a minimum of two academic years in structured clinical experiences preparing for the BOC Certification Exam.

From Student to Clinician

Preceptors demonstrate best practices in evidence-based care on a daily basis in teaching athletic training students to become highly skilled clinicians.

Professionally Engaged

Programs prepare students to be highly engaged to address complex healthcare issues.


2013-14 Student Certificates

Since all students who sit for the BOC examination must graduate from an accredited program, the certificates for graduation from a CAATE Accredited Professional Program are no longer necessary.  Many students discard or lose their certificates.  Therefore, in an effort to reduce costs and minimize wasted resources, the CAATE is discontinuing the student certificates for Professional Programs.   If you still want certificates for this year’s graduating class, you may email to receive the form.  Once the form is received, the certificates will be printed and mailed.  Be sure to double check spelling and dates on the form as the staff does not check the spelling of names or institution prior to printing.  Please allow ample time for staff to print and mail the certificates.


Over the course of the last 60 days the Commission has received correspondence from some programs regarding several Outcomes standards, specifically those that address the pass rate on the Board of Certification (BOC) exam and those that require transparency and accountability to the public. The standards that directly relate to the pass rate on the BOC exam are standards 7, 8, 11, 12 and 13. The Commission has received positive feedback, concerns, and an unprecedented amount of inquiry from the public regarding specific programs’ BOC exam pass rates. At our winter meeting in Austin Texas, February 21 & 22, 2014, the Commission discussed the feedback that we have received regarding the Outcomes standards.

President Laursen receives Athletic Trainer of the Year from ATOM

Mark Laursen, Massachusetts Athletic Trainer of the Year

Mark Laursen, Massachusetts Athletic Trainer of the Year

The CAATE is proud to announce that current President, Mark Laursen, has been awarded the Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts (ATOM) Athletic Trainer of the Year award for 2014. In addition to his CAATE appointment, Mark also serves as the Director of Athletic Training Services at Boston University. Please join us in congratulating Mark for his personal and professional success in receiving this honor.  Mark was nominated for this award by Brian Vesci, his colleague at Boston University.