Updated BOC CEU Reporting Guidelines Starting 2014

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The BOC reviews requirements for an AT to maintain certification periodically. The changes described will be effective January 1, 2014.

Certification Maintenance Period
The Certification Maintenance Period (currently known as “Reporting Period”) is currently a 3-year period. Beginning January 1, 2014, it will be a 2-year period. Compliance with the BOC Standards of Professional Practice, emergency cardiac care (ECC), maintenance fees and CE are still required. The number of CEUs required will be reduced to 50 CEUs. ATs certified in the even years will have their number of CEUs prorated for their first certification maintenance period.

New Certification Maintenance Period
(Begins 1/1/2014)

Current Reporting Period
(Ends 12/31/2013)

50 CEUs, ECC, maintenance fees and compliance with BOC Standards of Professional Practice/2 years
  • ATs certified prior to 2013 will have 50 CEUs due 12/31/2015
    (January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2015)
  • ATs certified in 2013 will have 50 CEUs due 12/31/2015
    (Date Certified – 12/31/2015)
  • ATs certified in 2014 will have 25 CEUs due 12/31/2015
    (Date Certified – 12/31/2015)
  • ATs certified in 2015 will have 50 CEUs due 12/31/2017
    (Date Certified – 12/31/2017)
75 CEUs, ECC, recertification fees and compliance with BOC Standards of Professional Practice/3 years

Definition of Continuing Education (CE)
The definition of CE will be modified by eliminating the phrase “beyond the levels required for entry-level practice.” Entry-level practice is dynamic and eliminating the phrase allows an AT to participate in CE that enhances competence at entry-level or beyond.

New Definition of CE
(Begins 1/1/2014)

Current Definition of CE
(Ends 12/31/2013)

Continuing education (CE) requirements are intended to promote continued competence, development of current knowledge and skills and enhancement of professional skills and judgment. CE activities must focus on increasing knowledge, skills and abilities related to the practice of athletic training. Continuing education (CE) requirements are intended to promote continued competence, development of current knowledge and skills and enhancement of professional skills and judgment beyond the levels required for entry-level practice. CE activities must focus on increasing knowledge, skills and abilities related to the practice of athletic training.

CE Classification System
The CE classification system will be slightly modified. There will be two levels of CE with different categories in each level. Level I categories are for competence activities and programs that require a level of BOC approval. Level II categories are competence activities and programs that do not require BOC approval. All categories continue to require that the content of the activity or program fall within the domains of athletic training based on the Role Delineation Study/Practice Analysis, Sixth Edition.

LEVEL I – EBP (Evidence Based Practice) Category
A new category will be added and is considered a Level I category; EBP (evidence based practice) requires a minimum of 10 CEUs (based on 50 CEUs due) each certification maintenance period. EBP programs will be approved on an individual basis and must meet specific content and quality requirements. The BOC has announced the new category to BOC Approved Providers and will work with them to get qualified programs eligible for the EBP Category. The BOC will post a list of eligible EBP programs in late 2013 and will continue to update the list as courses are made available.

New EBP Category
(Begins 1/1/2014)

LEVEL I – EBP: Qualified/Enhanced Competence Programs
Pre-approved programs (live events or home study courses) that meet specific content and quality requirements and include evidence based practice (EBP).

Programs must adhere to one of the following formats:
  • Clinical: A clinically oriented topic structured and delivered in a manner consistent with the principles of EBP
  • EBP: An EBP specific topic: about EBP or a topic relevant to EBP
Clinical
A clinically oriented topic must be designed in a way that reflects the basic principles of EBP. Examples of appropriate clinical topics include glenohumeral assessment, ACL rehabilitation and sport-related concussion. The presentation must take an approach similar to that described by Steves and Hootman (2004)1 and include the following components:
  • A focused and clinically relevant question structured in PICO format
  • A detailed search strategy including search terms
  • Identification of databases used in literature search
  • A critical appraisal of resultant literature including the determination of levels of evidence and/or strength of recommendations
  • A clinical application of the evidence
  • An appraisal of the outcome gained through the application of the evidence-based intervention
1Steves R, Hootman JM. Evidence-based medicine: What is it and how does it apply to athletic training. Journal of Athletic Training, 2004; 39(1)83-87.

EBP
The topic of EBP should address theoretic or practical aspects of EBP, EBP knowledge gaps or the application of topics relevant to EBP such as critical appraisal or statistical analysis. Programming in this category is intended to promote EBP within the profession by enhancing a clinician’s ability to find and evaluate evidence and apply it to their clinical practice. Diversity among topics is encouraged in order to provide appropriate content for all clinicians relative to their level of expertise with BP.

Other Possible Activities2
  • Post professional graduate of an NATA accredited AT graduate level program
  • Post professional graduate of a PhD/EdD program may qualify if dissertation has a narrow focus of athletic training
2Must have graduated within the certification maintenance period and must be able to provide an official transcript indicating as such.

Based on 2-year period (50 CEUs):

Minimum = 10


Maximum = 50

LEVEL I – Category A
Category A: Approved Competence Programs (currently known as Category A – Approved Provider Programs) will continue to be live events and home study courses that are from BOC Approved Providers.

New Category A Requirements
(Begins 1/1/2014)

Current Category A Requirements
(Ends 12/31/2013)

LEVEL I – Category A: Approved Competence Programs

Based on 2-year period (50 CEUs):

Minimum = 0

Maximum = 40
Category A – Approved Provider Programs

Based on 3-year period (75 CEUs):

Minimum = 0

Maximum = 75

LEVEL II – Categories B, C and D
Categories B and C have only minor modifications. The maximum number of CEUs allowed in Category D – Non-Approved Competence Programs will increase to 28 CEUs (based on 50 CEUs due).

New Category B, C and D Requirements
(Begins 1/1/2014)

Current Category B, C and D Requirements
(Ends 12/31/2013)

LEVEL II – Category B: Professional and Scholarly Activities

Three changes from previous Category B:
  • Remove EMT initial training (can be used in Category D)
  • Remove BOC qualified examiner or model
  • Add member of clinical research study team (10 CEUs/research project)
Based on 2-year period (50 CEUs):

Minimum = 0

Maximum = 33
Category B – Professional Development
  • Includes EMT initial
  • Includes BOC qualified examiner or model
  • Does not include member of clinical research study team
Based on 3-year period (75 CEUs):

Minimum = 0

Maximum = 50
LEVEL II – Category C: Post-Certification College/University Coursework

Two changes from previous Category C:
  • Add accredited AT residency/fellowship (20 CEUs/year)
  • Remove medical residency
Based on 2-year period (50 CEUs):

Minimum = 0

Maximum = 40
Category C – Post-Certification College/University Coursework
  • Does not include AT residency or fellowships
  • Includes medical residency
Based on 3-year period (75 CEUs):

Minimum = 0

Maximum = 75
LEVEL II – Category D: Non-Approved Competence Programs

Two changes from previous Category D:
  • Videos/DVDs/Audiotapes/Multimedia - independent verification (from an immediate supervisor that details title, length, date of activity and successful completion of an exam)
  • The maximum number of CEUs allowed increased to 56% of the total CEUs due
Based on 2-year period (50 CEUs):

Minimum = 0

Maximum = 28
Category D – Individualized Options
  • Videos/DVDs/Audiotapes/Multimedia – receipt of purchase and independent verification (from an immediate supervisor that details title, length and date of activity)
  • The maximum number of CEUs allowed is 27% of the total CEUs due
Based on 3-year period (75 CEUs):

Minimum = 0

Maximum = 20




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