Higher Approved Provider Standards to Take Effect in 2016
ATs will notice that BOC Approved Providers are held to
a higher standard for their continuing education programs
beginning in 2016.
The BOC Board of Directors recently approved the
Standards for BOC Approved Providers, following
modifications that resulted from a public comment period
last fall. The standards require BOC Approved Providers
to enhance aspects of administration, business practices,
content, development and instruction, assessment, and
review and evaluation – all to advance the BOC mission of
assuring protection of the public.
“The purpose of the standards is to ensure consistency and
promote the highest quality programming for ATs,” said BOC
Executive Director Denise Fandel. “By holding Approved
Providers more accountable, we are raising the bar for the
athletic training profession.”
The standards will not affect ATs’ certification maintenance
requirements. Rather, ATs may notice some changes in
the CE programs themselves. For example, ATs will find
transparency, as providers must publish objectives and
provide assessments that focus on how programming can
positively affect athletic training practice that benefits the
BOC Approved Providers will be required to demonstrate
that their educational materials are appropriate for their
objectives and that program outcomes are accomplished. In
addition, providers will assess participants and give feedback
based on the assessment.
The standards take effect January 1, 2016.
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