MISSOULA – Twelve University of Montana athletic training students recently took the Board of Certification exam, a high-stakes evaluation that enables students graduating from accredited athletic training programs to enter the work force as certified athletic trainers. All 12 students graduating from the UM program this spring took the exam in April, and all of them passed on their first try.
“Our students’ success on the BOC exam is no doubt a reflection of the time and energy the students have invested in their education,” said Valerie Moody, program director for the UM Athletic Training Program. “This is incredibly exciting and rewarding for our athletic training faculty, staff and clinical preceptors who work so closely with our students day-in and day-out to help prepare them to enter the profession.”
UM students far exceed the national average first-time pass rate of 82 percent. Over the past four years, 34 out of 35 students in the UM Athletic Training Program have passed the exam on their first attempt, bringing the program’s overall first-time pass rate up to 97 percent for the past four years.
This year’s 100 percent pass rate also includes the inaugural class of students graduating from the Masters in Athletic Training Program, setting the program off to a promising start.