The BOC is seeking Athletic Trainer volunteers to be part
of a groundbreaking study that could change the face of
continuing education as we know it today.
Volunteers will be part of a pilot study to test a new portfolio
system intended to help ATs continue their professional
development. The portfolio will provide ATs with the
necessary tools and information to assess their professional
needs and choose activities that will enhance their clinical
competence and knowledge.
Benefits of Volunteering
As a volunteer for the study, you will access and complete
•;Self-assessment, a series of 3-5 questions
•;Professional Development Needs Assessment,
to help you assess your professional development
needs across the domains of athletic training
•;Self-assessment exam, to objectively test your
•;Learning needs analysis, a series of 3-5 questions
•;Action plan development, to establish 3-5 goals
based on your learning needs
•;Action, including selecting, attending and recording
continuing education (CE) activities in line with your
•;Reflection, a series of 3-5 questions to help you
process the activities above
•;Comparison, a repeat of the PDNA and self-assessment exam
•;Survey about your portfolio experience
The pilot study is open to the first 500 volunteers who
register by July 31, 2015 (see box for details). Participants
must commit to the study through the end of the 2016-2017
certification maintenance period. Volunteers will use the
portfolio instead of submitting their CE via BOC Central TM.
Participants will still be required to submit 50 CEUs;
however, there will be flexibility in selecting CE activities
and participants will not be required to comply with category
requirements. If a participant does not complete the portfolio
study by December 31, 2017, his/her certification will expire.
The study will begin January 1, 2016, and will use the
following general timeline:
•;January-May 2016: Complete all steps necessary to
develop an action plan
•;June 2016-October 2017: Act on goals and complete at
least 50 CEUs
•;November-December 2017: Reflect, repeat the needs
assessment and objective assessment, and complete
About the Portfolio
The BOC Board of Directors charged the Continuing
Professional Development Working Group with developing
recommendations that will enhance the BOC’s professional
development programs and services.
The Working Group recommended further analysis of a
continuing professional development portfolio system, as
described above. As a result, the Working Group has
been developing a formal system that will help ATs assess
their professional needs. In turn, ATs will be able to select
professional development activities that will best help them
maintain or enhance clinical competence and knowledge.
• Friday: 2pm-6pm Saturday: 9am-6:30pm
• There is only a $5.00 administration fee.
• Earn up to 12 CEU credits
Registration is FREE, and open online in May. Go to LIFE.edu
and click on Fall CE or through the Postgrad Office 770-426-2753.
2& 3, 2015
Seeking Volunteers: BOC to Conduct Pilot Study for AT Portfolio
Ready to Volunteer?
Register by July 31, 2015