BOC Exam and BOC Pass Rates

What is the BOC?

The Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) was incorporated in 1989 to provide a certification program for entry-level Athletic Trainers (ATs). The BOC establishes and regularly reviews both the standards for the practice of athletic training and the continuing education requirements for BOC Certified ATs. The BOC has the only accredited certification program for ATs in the US. In order to attain BOC certification, an individual must complete an entry-level, CAATE accredited, athletic training education program AND pass the BOC certification exam.

Who can take the BOC exam?

Students become eligible for BOC certification through a CAATE accredited athletic training degree program (Bachelor’s or entry-level Master’s).  Students enrolled in their final semester at such a program are eligible to apply for the BOC exam if their program’s director confirms their placement in the program.  Following graduation from an accredited program, either the program’s director’s confirmation of eligibility OR an official transcript demonstrating degree conferral from a CAATE accredited program will serve to document BOC exam eligibility. Click here for more information about the BOC exam.

Why are BOC exam pass rates important?

Currently, 49 states and the District of Columbia regulate the practice of athletic training. Individuals must be legally recognized by the appropriate state regulatory agency prior to practicing athletic training. The BOC exam is recognized by all Athletic Trainer state regulatory agencies to meet their exam requirement. Compliance with state regulatory requirements is mandatory and the only avenue to legal athletic training practice. There are fees associated with each examination cycle a student participates in. As such, the CAATE recognizes the importance for students to select a program the provides the best opportunity to pass the exam and enter into professional practice.  First-time three-year aggregate pass rates provide the percentage of a program’s graduating students who have passed the exam on their first attempt over the last three graduating cohorts. Overall three-year aggregate pass rates provide the percentage of a program’s graduating students who have ultimately passed the exam regardless of the the number of attempts over the last three graduating cohorts. The higher the number of attempts it takes a student to pass the exam, the higher the cost to the student, and the longer the amount of time following graduation that it may take the student to enter professional practice through gainful employment.