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 Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) and the Texas Athletic Training Licensing exam through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. If the BOC exam is passed, the student will not have to take the Texas AT exam. Successful completion of these credentialing examinations will provide the athletic training graduate with Texas licensure and national certification as an athletic trainer. Students starting after August 1, 2017 will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences (BSHS) degree in athletic training.
The program's official BOC exam data for 2011-2016 is presented below:
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 49 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:
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