Employment and BOC Rate

 

The McKendree University Athletic Training Education Program was started in 1997 with the hiring of Dr. Dawn Hankins. The first class graduated in 2000. In 2002 McKendree received initial accreditation for the program. 

 

To date 100 students have graduated from the McKendree University Athletic Training Education Program. Our graduates work in a variety of settings including the Baltimore Orioles, the United States Military, Fitness Industry, Medicine, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistants, Physician Extender, Hospitals, Sports Medicine Clinics, High Schools, and College/University. 90 of the 100 graduates have taken the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination. As the format and emphasis of the examination has changed so has the instruction and preparation of students in the program. While the examination no longer uses a “live” demonstration of clinical skills, all graduates of the McKendree Athletic Training Program must demonstrate a minimum passing rate on 3 objective structured clinical exams. The minimum passing percentage is incremental starting with 70% for the first exam, 75% for the second exam and 80% for the third exam. These exams encompass individual medical skills, as well as, diagnostic evaluation of orthopedic and general medical conditions and illnesses. 

 

One of the challenges our program has faced is an increased number of graduates who take the certification exam just to experience what the exam is like. A number of graduates underestimated the consequences of doing this and how it has hurt the statistical average of our first time passing rate. It is because of this lack of understanding from students, as well as, changes in the format and content of the exam, that have initiated program changes in the preparation of students, which enable students to successfully pass the exam. Academic program changes have been made to further assist students and instructors in identifying areas of weakness to improve first time passing rate on the Board of Certification Exam.  Some of these changes include: 

 

  • Increased communication to graduates concerning application and timing of certification exam attempt.
  • Successful completion of two “gate” exams to test comprehensive understanding of athletic training knowledge. Both exams are computerized comprehensive multiple choice exams based on knowledge content in courses aligned with the NATA athletic training educational competencies taken in the previous academic semesters. Students must successfully pass each exam at 70% or better in order to move on to the next required clinical rotation. These exams start during the third semester in the program. Students who do not successfully pass an exam must register for a review course to strengthen their knowledge base and then re-take the exam.
  • Self-assessment exams are also used during the second and third year in the program.  These exams are a combination of the Board of Certification practice exams and ACES. These exams help students prepare and practice for the format of the exam as well as identify strengths and weaknesses in specific  Domain and Task areas.  

 

The table provided below represents the most current data for graduates who have taken the exam. Although the overall 3 year aggregate first time passing rate is below 70% it is clear that the additional measures that were put in place have already shown a positive effect in both first time passing rate and overall passing rate.

 

 

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

3   YR Aggregate

Number   students graduating from   program

10

8

12

11

31

Number   students graduating from program who took exam

10

8

8

1

17

Number   students who passed the exam on the first attempt

2

2

3

1

6

Percentage   of students who passed exam on first attempt

20.00

25.00

37.50

100

54.16

Number   students who passed exam regardless of number of attempts

7

4

6

1

11

Percentage   of students who passed the exam regardless of number of attempts

70.00

50.00

75.00

100

64.00