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Athletic training students score big on certification exam

Posted by on January 24, 2014

Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training Class of 2013

The AU Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Class of 2013

Aurora University has a strong athletics department with athletic training students behind its latest “game winner.” The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Class of 2013 recently passed the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam with an outstanding 100% pass rate.  All graduates must take the exam after receiving their degree and pass in order to practice in the field of athletic training.

This wonderful accomplishment has made Associate Professor of Physical Education Oscar Krieger very proud. “The national average for the all-time pass rate this past year was 91%,” Krieger said. “So our 100% pass rate for this cohort was quite strong. It also marks the first time in our brief history that we achieved these results.”

This pass rate speaks volumes to the dedication and hard work of AU athletic training students and the program which works to prepare students for the BOC Exam beginning their freshman year.

“Our students participate in more than 1,200 hours of clinical experience, including rotations at AU, local high schools and professional and semi-professional athletic organizations,” said Krieger. “It is the articulation and the quality of these experiences that help our students become successful healthcare professionals.”

The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree program at AU prepares students to become successful health care professionals in the field of athletic training. The four-year program provides students with hands-on experiences  as well as a strong academic foundation in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity.

Graduates of the program work in high schools, collegiate and professional sport athletic training facilities, the military, law enforcement and physical therapy clinics. Many alumni pursue advanced degrees in kinesiology, exercise physiology, sport management, teacher certification, physical therapy and other health care professions.

For more information about the athletic training program, visit