The CAATE has compiled frequently asked questions for students, professionals and post-professionals. Find answers to your questions below.
BOC exam candidates who are enrolled and/or registered in their final semester/quarter prior to graduation from a CAATE accredited program are eligible to sit for the BOC exam. Qualified candidates for the BOC exam must receive confirmation of their eligibility on their exam application by the Program Director indicating that they have earned or will earn their Bachelors or Masters degree. This confirmation is of eligibility only, not an endorsement of skill/competence to pass the BOC exam. If the Program Director of a CAATE accredited athletic training program refuses to confirm eligibility for the exam application to allow a candidate to sit for the BOC exam, the student may mail the BOC an official transcript with degree and date of degree posted in a university sealed envelope and a written request for the BOC to confirm eligibility. The Program Director cannot prevent an eligible student from sitting for the BOC examination. If the program wishes to set up criteria for students to progress within the program or for graduation, the program may do that, provided that criteria are consistent with institutional policies and communicated to the student upon entrance into the program. It is assumed that if a student is not competent to practice, then such a student would not have been able to progress through, complete, and graduate from the program.
If the camp/internship falls outside of the program’s educational requirements, then the individual is not defined as an athletic training student by the CAATE. If these experiences are solely sought out by the student (and are not a part of the program’s educational/clinical requirements), the program would not be required to prove compliance with applicable Standards. However, to protect the student, we would encourage you to check with your state practice act (and those of the state the student may be participating), as some state practice acts specify what defines an athletic training student. If they are functioning outside of that definition, they may not be protected from liability if they are participating outside of the actions of a CAATE accredited educational program. Thus, the student may be open to unlimited liability or potential violation of state practice acts and may not be protected in these scenarios.