100% of Athletic Training Majors Pass NATA Boards

by Kathryn Sill, Public Relations Writer

For the third year consecutive, 100 percent of Cedarville University’s athletic training majors passed the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Board of Certification (BOC) exam. 

The BOC exam tests baseline knowledge issued by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). CAATE serves as the external accreditation organization for athletic training programs, while the BOC exam determines baseline knowledge of each individual. 

Passing the BOC exam allows athletic trainers to practice anywhere in the United States, assuming they have passed their state’s licensure exam.

The national average for a first-time pass rate of this exam is 80.9 percent. In order to pass the BOC exam, students are required to score a minimum of 70 percent.

“We prepare our students academically and clinically to do well on the exam and be successful in their career,” said Mike Weller, assistant professor of athletic training. “We are pleased the students are doing so well in the national exam.”

Currently, 34 students are pursuing a degree in athletic training at Cedarville. Since freshmen are in the pre-professional program, they are not included in the count of majors. Weller stated that the incoming freshmen class could grow the program to 50 students. 

The athletic training major was established at Cedarville University in 1994 and received its accreditation by the CAATE in 2005.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,620 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.