BOC Regulatory Conference: Brings Together
The BOC hosted the BOC Athletic Trainer Regulatory Conference
July 14-15, 2017, in Omaha, Nebraska. Conference attendees
included 100 representatives of the athletic training and regulatory
industries from 43 states, District of Columbia and Quebec.
The conference began by discussing the types of issues each
state is currently facing and ended the first day with brainstorming
solutions to address these issues.
Updates were provided by leading
athletic training organizations including
NATA Governmental Affairs Committee,
Commission on Accreditation of
Athletic Training Education, NATA
Professional Responsibility Committee
and the BOC.
Presenters covered a variety of topics,
including industry case studies,
legal issues, strategic planning and
the current climate surrounding the
regulatory structures and state based licensure. The keynote
presentation “Regulatory Trends and Solutions: Reflect Don’t
Deflect” was delivered by Dale Atkinson, Executive Director of the
Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards (FARB). The BOC
is a Governing Member of FARB and BOC Associate Executive
Director Anne Minton serves on the FARB Executive Council.
In addition, the conference featured speakers from other healthcare
industries with information on their journeys to implement a
compact, allowing a healthcare professional to practice in any
member state. There was also a presentation that focused on
risk management issues professional regulatory boards face. The
presentations from the program can be accessed via the BOC
During the conference, the 2017 BOC Public Advocacy Award
winners were announced. The Public Advocacy Award is designed
to recognize an individual, group or
organization who has demonstrated
leadership in protecting athletic
training consumers. Honorees were the
Oklahoma Athletic Trainers’ Association
and Representative Paul Ray from Utah.
A reception at the BOC office followed to
honor the recipients.
The biennial conference is designed
to assist regulators and state leaders
in developing strategic initiatives and
resolutions to protect both the public
and credential holder. This year’s conference was sponsored
by Johnson & Johnson, Mutual of Omaha and Regal Awards &
About FARB: FARB is a not-for-profit corporation formed in 1974 to
promote public protection and provide a forum for information exchange
for associations of regulatory boards and their affiliate stakeholders with
interests in professional regulation. FARB’s mission is to advance excellence
in regulation of the professions in the interest of public protection.
WHY IS CATEGORY D SUCH A M Y S T E R Y ?
In the eyes of a continuing education (CE) who-done-it mystery, Category D comes across as the “unlikely suspect.” This is because most
Athletic Trainers (ATs) often overlook Category D. So why is Category D such a mystery?
Demystify Category D by remembering the following:
It’s the category for activities earned from groups other than BOC
Activities are worth 1 CEU per contact hour
If you have 25 CEUs due, you can earn up to 14 CEUS in Category D If you have 50 CEUs due, you can earn up to 28 CEUs in Category D
Educational content must be at or above entry level and fall within
the domains of athletic training
Surgery observation can be used in this category as long as it
has an educational component with objectives
Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is eligible for CEUs,
specifically, the content learned beyond basic life support.
Typically, this accounts for about half the course
It’s a great category for dually credentialed ATs earning CEUs for
their other profession from providers not BOC approved
For reporting period ending December 31, 2017 at 11:59 CT, don’t forget to report your Category D programs. Category D programs are the
“unlikely suspect” worth remembering.
Requirements Due 12/31/17
Continuing education (CE) requirements are due December 31,
2017. Please note, December 30 and 31 fall on a weekend this year,
and the BOC office will be closed. Plan ahead and get your CEUs
logged into BOC Central™ before Thanksgiving so you may enjoy
the holidays with family and friends.
Log CEUs as you go – Log in to BOC Central™ to get started and
stay on track. Our website has a list of live events and home study
programs to help you meet your CE requirements. Find CE’s now.