MISSOULA – Taking the national Board of Certification Exam for the Athletic Trainer is a daunting undertaking with an average first-time passing rate between 60 and 80 percent. But on May 6, University of Montana students who sat for the exam earned a 100 percent pass rate on their first attempt.
The eight students, who recently graduated from UM with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in athletic training, now are certified athletic trainers eligible for state licensure and employment.
The exam is a rigorous, comprehensive assessment, covering four years of undergraduate classroom content, as well as clinical experiences.
“We couldn’t be more proud of our students’ accomplishments,” said Scott Richter, associate professor and chair of the Department of Health and Human Performance at UM. “I believe their success speaks directly to our outstanding faculty and strength of program.”
According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, certified athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians and other health care professionals to optimize patients’ athletic performance and promote safe participation in physical activities. Certified athletic trainers also help prevent and diagnose medical conditions involving physical impairment and functional limitations associated with athletic endeavors.
The members of the Class of 2013 who passed the exam are Sophia Bowe of Nordland, Wash.; Matthew Bummer of Peoria, Ariz.; James “Paul” Capp of Great Falls; Shauna Delaney of Great Falls; Colyne Hislop of Coram; Tuline Kinaci of San Francisco, Calif.; Maggie March of Eagle, Idaho; and Morgan Umphres of Stockett.
This summer, UM will welcome its first class of students seeking their master’s degree in athletic training. This new program will provide students the opportunity to become certified/licensed athletic trainers and will advance their studies in the profession. The accelerated three-two model involves three years of undergraduate prerequisite courses and general education requirements followed by two years in an entry-level master’s professional program. At the end of the program, students will have earned both a health and human performance bachelor’s degree and a master’s in athletic training.
For more information on the national Board of Certification Exam or the master’s degree program, call Richter at 406-243-5246 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.