Three recent Southwestern College graduates have earned their athletic training certification through The Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC). The three students are Kelli Florio and Kindell Copeland, Wichita, and Megan Kerns, Dodge City,
To become a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer (AT), Florio, Copeland, and Kerns had to graduate from a nationally accredited athletic training education program, which Southwestern College is. The three students also had to pass a rigorous national exam, according to Lisa Braun, director of athletic training education at SC.
“The BOC exam is a difficult exam and I am very proud of each of these ladies for the work they put into passing it on their first attempt,” Braun said.
To retain certification, ATs must demonstrate completion of a specific number of medically related continuing education credits every two years and adhere to the BOC Standards of Professional Practice.
Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as an allied healthcare profession, and the AMA recommends ATs in every high school to keep America’s youth safe and healthy. Athletic trainers collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities