RD/PA 6: Effective 2012-2017
The new Role Delineation Study/Practice Analysis, Sixth Edition
is now available in the BOC’s online store. It will be in effect for
the April 2011 certification exam and will be effective for CE
starting January 1, 2012. The BOC Role Delineation/Practice
Analysis (RD/PA) is one of the methods used to identify and
prioritize the critical tasks of a job or profession and the essential
competencies an individual should possess to perform the
required functions satisfactorily.
The RD/PA identifies essential knowledge and skills for the
athletic training profession and serves as a blueprint for exam
development. The RD/PA validates importance, criticality and
relevance to practice for both broad content areas and tasks. The
RD/PA is significant for content validity because it ensures that
the domains of athletic training covered on the BOC exam reflect
the range of practice settings throughout the US.
How to use the RD/PA:
The Role Delineation/Practice Analysis, Sixth Edition depicts the
current knowledge and skills entry-level Athletic Trainers possess
within 5 domains and 28 tasks. In addition to being the blueprint
for the BOC exam, the RD/PA has many other useful applications.
Here are some examples for how the RD/PA can be used:
Candidates: Use as a study tool for exam preparation by looking
at weak domain areas from your diagnostic report to get an idea
of the content associated with them.
Program Directors/Educators/Approved Clinical Instructors:
Use in conjunction with competencies to develop athletic training
education curriculum by seeing where the RD/PA corresponds
with the NATA ECE’s competencies document.
Employers: Use in conjunction with your state practice act to
determine how an Athletic Trainer can practice in that state. The
RD/PA outlines the knowledge and skills entry-level athletic
trainers have been educated with.
State Regulators/State Associations/Legislators: Use as a
resource to determine the education of entry-level Athletic
Trainers for the purpose of writing state and federal legislation.
Athletic Trainers: Use as a guide to identify areas in need of CE.
If an AT knows a domain weakness of Injury/Illness Prevention
and Wellness Protection, they can go to the RD/PA and look at
that domain to get an idea of the types of CE they should target.
This can be used to promote the profession by highlighting all of
the knowledge and skills ATs have.
For your Role Delineation Study/Practice Analysis, Sixth Edition
materials and to learn about the differences between this and the
previous edition, please visit the BOC website.
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