• Accreditation

    The first certified/licensed athletic trainer came to Hardin-Simmons in 1982 and the athletic training tradition at HSU was born. From 1986-1999, Hardin-Simmons had a strong internship- based athletic training program. In 1999, HSU began offering a major leading to a Bachelor of Behavior Science (BBS) degree in Athletic Training. The AT program was initially accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in 2005. The AT program underwent reaccreditation during the 2009-2010 academic year and is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) through 2019-2020. Athletic training students who successfully complete the AT degree are eligible for the Texas State Athletic Training Licensure exam offered by the Texas Department of State Health Services/Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers and the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) exam. Successful completion of these credentialing examinations will provide the athletic training graduate with Texas licensure and national certification as an athletic trainer.

    The program's official 3-year aggregate BOC exam data for 2012-2014 is presented below:

    3-yr average number of exam candidates 5
    3-yr BOC 1st attempt pass rate 87%
    3-yr pass rate in 2 attempts or less 100%


    Students must graduate from a CAATE-accredited AT program to be eligible to attempt the BOC exam. BOC certification is the primary credential used to obtain an AT license (or other practice credential) in the 48 states that regulate AT. Program graduates are also eligible to attempt the Texas Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers’ licensure exam. The Texas licensure exam is not required for Texas AT license eligibility if the student passes the BOC exam.


    The role of the BOC exam is to protect the public by measuring entry-level AT competence.

    The purpose of the BOC exam is to assess candidates' knowledge in the five domains of athletic training as defined by the current BOC Role Delineation/Practice Analysis:

    • Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection
    • Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
    • Immediate and Emergency Care
    • Treatment and Rehabilitation
    • Organizational and Professional Health and Well-being

    Exam Development & Scoring

    CAATE pass rate information

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