New Continuing Education Requirements to Include EBP
Beginning with the 2014-2015 certification maintenance
period, ATs certified prior to 2014 must earn a minimum of
10 CEUs from the Level I – Evidence Based Practice (EBP)
Category. ATs certified in 2014 must earn a minimum of
five CEUs from this category. Programs that meet EBP
Category requirements will be pre-approved by the BOC
and listed on the BOC website. ATs will have the ability
to select from the list of approved EBP courses to fulfill
the mandatory EBP Category requirement. The list will be
available in late 2013. The BOC will update this list as EBP
courses are approved.
Programming in this category will enhance clinicians’ ability
to find evidence, evaluate it and apply it to their clinical
practice. ATs will learn that EBP combines the highest
quality evidence available, clinical experience and the
patient’s unique circumstances and values.
EBP contains five steps:
1. Convert the need for information into questions that are
2. Find the highest quality evidence in which to answer the
3. Appraise the evidence for its validity, impact and
4. Integrate the critical appraisal with the patient’s
circumstances and values and the clinician’s expertise
5. Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of steps 1-4
There will be two types of EBP programs.
•;Clinical EBP programs/activities will be organized
around a clinically oriented topic and reflect the basic
principles of EBP
•;Foundations of EBP programs/activities will be
organized around theoretic or practical aspects,
knowledge gaps, or the application of topics relevant to
Both types of programs will be available to meet the needs
of all ATs, regardless of their experience. Please refer to the
resources below for additional information.
Sackett, D. (1996). Evidence-based medicine: What it is and
what it isn’t. BMJ, 312, 71-72.
Steves, R., & Hootman, J. M. (2004). Evidence-based
medicine: What is it and how does it apply to athletic
training? Journal of Athletic Training, 39( 1), 83-87.
Bruce, S. L., & Wilkerson, J. M. (2010). Clinical prediction
rules, part 1: Conceptual overview. Athletic Therapy
Today, 15( 2), 10-13. AND Bruce & Wilkerson (2010)
Part 2: Data analysis procedures and clinical application
of results. Athletic Therapy Today; 2010; 15( 2), 10-13.
Schardt, C., & Mayer, J. (2013, January 17). Introduction to
evidence-based practice. Retrieved from http://www.hsl.
Straus, S. E., Glasziou, P., & Richardson, W. S. (2011).
Evidence-based medicine: How to practice and teach it.
(4th ed.). Boston: Churchill Livingston.
Centre for evidence based medicine. (n.d.). Retrieved from
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