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.
Over 120 students have graduated from the McKendree University Athletic Training Education Program.
Our graduates are employed in a variety of settings including Professional Baseball (Baltimore Orioles and Washington Senators), the United States Military, Boeing Aerospace, Pharmaceutical Sales, Fitness Industry, Orthopedic Medicine, Family Practice, Hospitals, Sports Medicine Clinics, High Schools, and College/University.
Over 60% of our graduates have graduate degrees; including athletic training, healthcare administration, business administration, medicine, physical therapy and physician assistant. Six graduates are dual credentialed as ATC/PT and six are dual credentialed as ATC/PA. Other graduates have achieved credentials in nursing, physical therapy assistant and physician.
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 orthopedic and general medical conditions/illness scenarios that require the individual student to demonstrate a complete evaluation including diagnosis and treatment plan.
- 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.
BOC Pass Rate Table
2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 3yr. Aggregate 2016-2017
from Program 10 12 10 7 9 26 1
from Program 10 9 8 7 9 24 1
who took exam
# Who Passed
on First Attempt 3 4 3 2 5 10 1
% Who Passed
on First Attempt 30 44 38 29 56 42 100
# Who Passed
Regardless of 6 7 7 3 8 18 1
% Who Passed
Regardless of 60 78 88 43 89 75 100