Athletic Training Certification Pass Rate Soars Above National Average

by Katherine Meakem, Public Relations Writer

For the second consecutive year, 100 percent of Cedarville University’s senior athletic training majors passed the national board certification exam on their first attempt.

Cedarville’s first-time pass rate ranks far above the external accrediting agency, CAATE’s required rate of 70 percent and the current national rate of 80.9 percent.

The exam is designed to test students’ ability to integrate what they learned in the classroom and in their clinical experience. A capstone of the athletic training program, the electronic exam contains 250 difficult questions, including interactive scenario-based questions.

Students who pass the exam are licensed to enter the workforce as certified athletic trainers directly out of college.

According to Michael Weller, assistant professor of athletic training and athletic training education program director, Cedarville’s athletic training program prepares students for the exam by providing a variety of interactive opportunities to maximize hands-on experience.

“Students are learning not only in the classroom but in the athletic training facility as well,” said Weller. Before graduation each student spends hundreds of clinical hours on the field working directly with high school and collegiate athletes. The athletic training students see a variety of injuries including dislocated limbs, ruptured tendons and broken bones. Applying principles learned in the classroom, the students help prevent injuries and provide necessary intervention for athletes on site.

As a result of their training, all 12 Cedarville graduates from the past two years are employed or pursuing higher education.

“Our pass rate proves that what we are teaching here translates externally to graduate school and the professional field,” said Weller.

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