For Immediate Release
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May 10, 2012 - All 15 graduating seniors of King’s College’s Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) have passed the national Board of Certification (BOC) certification examination on their first attempt, the largest number of graduates to complete the feat in the program’s 13-year history.
Students become eligible for BOC certification by either completing or being in their last semester of study in an athletic training degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Certified athletic trainers are recognized by the American Medical Association as Allied Health Professionals.
Passage of the examination is necessary before candidates can begin practicing as athletic trainers. A national average first-time pass rate for this year’s examination is not available; the rate has been as low as 60 percent two years ago.
“We are extremely proud of our senior students and everything they have accomplished,” said Jeremy Simington, director of the ATEP program. “They serve as an excellent example for the younger students in our program and they are headed for bright futures in athletic training.”
The 15 students will be receiving their bachelor’s degrees at the College’s Commencement ceremony to be held on Sunday, May 20, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Students who passed the certification examination are Makenzie Atherton, Amanda Brodhead, Kaleen Cook, Hannah Creveling, Aaron Cusma, James Edelman, William Elliot, Kenneth Faldetta, Joseph Fuchs, Megan Inama, Kaley Kennedy, Shannon McGowan, James McHugh, Michael Selby, and Zachary Zerbe.
Previously, members of the Classes of 2001 and 2003 both achieved a 100 percent pass rate on their first attempt.
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