The evolution of athletic training and perceptions of the BOC examination change to a computer-based format
Daniel J. Christoffer, University of South Dakota, United States
University of South Dakota . Awarded
This study profiled the perceptions of athletic training program directors on the (Board of Certification) BOC examination toward changing to a computer-based format. The study examined athletic training program directors' perceptions regarding new changes that are affecting the education of athletic training students and the preparedness of new graduates in the workforce. The study compared the perceptions based on respondent demographic characteristics looking for significance.
All 364 athletic training program directors of accredited institutions from CAATE were asked to participate in the study. The researcher-developed survey instrument was sent to the athletic training program directors. A response rate of 38.6% (139 of 360) was obtained after two separate e-mailings.
Athletic training program directors did not agree on whether athletic training would be more recognized in the medical community with the new computer-based format. The study found that athletic training students may be more prepared to take the BOC examination due to their familiarity of computers, and the passing rates of first-time takers of the examination may increase with the computer-based format. Athletic training program directors did not feel that salary and benefits would increase and more athletic training students would be retained with the change to a computer-based format.
The results indicated that athletic training students may feel more comfortable with the computer-based format due their increased familiarity with computers. The change to a computer-based format of the BOC examination may lead to higher passing rates for first-time takers of the examination. New graduates may be more prepared in the prevention and observation of injuries/illnesses, evaluation of injuries/illnesses, immediate care of injuries/illnesses, developing rehabilitation protocols, and emergency situations, due to the clinical proficiencies and the computer based format of the BOC examination.
Christoffer, D.J. The evolution of athletic training and perceptions of the BOC examination change to a computer-based format. Ph.D. thesis, University of South Dakota.
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