With Athletic Trainers practicing their craft more and more in focused areas of practice that require specialized knowledge and skills, it only makes sense to follow the specialist paradigm created by other health care providers. That’s why the orthopedic specialty is only the beginning. We look forward to many more specialties to emerge in the coming years.
The ATC® credential represents significant knowledge, skill and commitment. Achieving a specialty credential is an additional way to signify both specialized focus and dedicated experience. The specialty rides alongside your Athletic Trainer credential providing you a one-two punch in competitive job markets.
BOC specialty certification is a voluntary process by which an Athletic Trainer earns formal recognition of their advanced education and experience within a specialized area of clinical practice.
Specialty certification identifies Athletic Trainers who have clinical practice abilities beyond the ATC® credential. These abilities will be identified via demonstration of post-professional education and training (e.g., CAATE-accredited residency and/or employment experience), and passage of a specialty certification exam. The specialty certification demonstrates an ability to enhance quality of patient care, optimize clinical outcomes, increase cost-effectiveness, provide value-based care, and improve patients’ health-related quality of life within a specialized area of athletic training practice.
The council’s charge is to guide the recognition and validation of athletic training specialties. The council also oversees the credentialing of Athletic Trainers who have demonstrated advanced knowledge, skills and abilities in the respective area of specialization.
The Specialty Council consists of seven members, along with liaisons from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) staff, NATA Executive Committee for Education (ECE) and Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).