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Will Athletic Trainers who have earned the BOC Orthopedic Specialty Certification have qualifications in line with a physician assistant in the same setting?

The BOC will be working with employers to ensure they understand the value and importance of this new certification. There are many differences between Athletic Trainers and physician assistants, but in an orthopedic setting, their responsibilities often overlap. Does this mean that Athletic Trainers with the BOC Orthopedic Specialty Certification will be held in the same regard as physician assistants? That is yet to be seen. One of the goals of this specialty is to begin the process of elevating the perception of Athletic Trainers. We believe the launch of specialties is a very important part of a broader strategy to elevate perception, clarify value and generate a corresponding increase in respect and pay.

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