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Springfield College Class of 2011 Scores Perfect Pass Rate in National Certifying Exam

July 18, 2011

Perfect Pass RateSPRINGFIELD, Mass., July 18, 2011—The Springfield College Athletic Training Program class of 2011 has made perfection a habit, with all 12 graduates passing the national certifying examination and successfully finding post-graduate work.

The first-time national pass rate for individual students taking the Board of Certification’s (BOC) nationally certifying examination for athletic trainers was 60.7 percent in 2010-11.While the first time national pass rate for the 2011-12 reporting is not yet known, the Springfield College Athletic Training Program graduates have already set the standard high. The interactive exam uses a variety of question types to test how prospective athletic trainers use knowledge from the classroom, internships, fieldwork and supervised treatment experiences.

Perfect Pass Rate“The students’ success on the examination reflects the outstanding problem-solving abilities of students. In the past few years, the exam has become more difficult and the content students are expected to know has grown,” said Mary Barnum, Ed.D., associate professor and director of the Springfield College Athletic Training Program. “This achievement reflects a focused effort on the part of the program to foster our student’s critical thinking skills as well as their overall knowledge base. Classes are sequenced to allow the student every opportunity to practice and refine their knowledge and skills. Everything students do every day in our program prepares them to become practicing athletic trainers—passing the examination is the final challenge to surpass in order to achieve that goal.”

In addition to passing the examination and becoming certified athletic trainers, all 12 students found jobs, internships or graduate assistantships for the fall. These positions include those in high school athletic training outreach clinics, high school classrooms, Disney’s Wide World of Sports and colleges and universities such as the College of the Holy Cross, Miami (Ohio) University, Appalachian State University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and A.T. Still University.

The class of 2011 has been repeatedly recognized by both athletic training organizations and Springfield College during its four years on the campus. Bridget Spooner, of Canton, N.Y., was the Massachusetts state representative to the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA) student delegation, and was named the leader of that group. Samantha Scott, of Barre, Mass., was one of just two Massachusetts students to attend the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) 2011 iLead seminar, an initiative to foster leadership in athletic training. Kimberly Ayer, of Gales Ferry, Conn., served as the 2010-11 student representative to the Springfield College Board of Trustees. Scott, Spooner, Ayer and Stephen Creamer, of Seekonk, Mass., earned scholarships from the NATA and/or EATA, and six were student-athletes for the college.

“This is an outstanding class,” Barnum said. “The importance of passing the examination and what it means to a student’s future as an athletic trainer is significant. It’s a huge hurdle for them to clear. Individually and as a group, they should feel really proud of themselves.”

The Springfield College Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Students learn from BOC-certified and Massachusetts licensed athletic trainers, learning theoretical and clinical competencies and problem-solving skills in the classroom and in clinical settings.

Springfield College also offers a seven-year dual degree program in which students will earn a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and a doctor of physical therapy degree.



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