Athletic Training Program Certification Exam Rate Surpasses National Average


For the first-time the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has published its Board of Certification (BOC) pass rate data for all 357 accredited athletic training programs in the United States. When comparing average graduating cohort size with BOC first-time pass rate data, LSU ranks in the top 20 programs (approximately the top 5%). Out of its peer flagship institutions, LSU is the only athletic training program to have a 100% first-time pass rate.

LSU athletic training students have maintained this 100% pass rate for past three years compared to the national averages of 60.7% in 2010-11, 82.3% in 2011-12 and 84% in 2012-13. Successful completion of the athletic training program qualifies students to take the athletic training profession’s Board of Certification Credentialing Examination to become a certified athletic trainer (ATC).

“We are very excited that our graduating students are fulfilling their goals to become certified athletic trainers,” said program director and associate professor Dr. Ray Castle.  “The goal of our program is to provide a solid educational foundation from which our students will springboard to become highly qualified healthcare providers and community leaders. LSU started the degree program over 14 years ago with a focus on creating a nationally-recognized program to produce highly qualified practitioners.  Our students’ success is an end-product of the incredible support and cooperation of university administration and faculty, as well as with our preceptors at more than 20 clinical sites within the LSU Athletic Department, LSU Student Health Center, area high schools, and Baton Rouge area medical facilities.”

 “A 100% first-time passing rate on the BOC certification exam in a given year constitutes an impressive result for any CAATE-accredited athletic training program in the country,” said CHSE Dean Damon Andrew. “The attainment of a perfect first-time passing rate for three consecutive years is a claim that only a handful of athletic training programs in the country can make, and I am proud of each student, faculty member, and staff member who contributed to this remarkable achievement!”  

The program’s primary objective is to create highly qualified clinicians to meet today’s healthcare demands.  LSU’s program in athletic training is a flagship program in Louisiana and the nation for its reputable teaching facilities, faculty, clinical staff, and program graduates.

The BOC Examination first-time pass rates with a three-year (2010-11; 2011-12; 2012-13) aggregate of 100% is accomplished through quality opportunities in the classroom and clinical settings, and most importantly, nationally-recognized clinicians and faculty who are committed to each student’s overall success.

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The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. Formed in 2012, CHSE brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.

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