Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ten Whitworth athletic training graduates pass national board exam

The national Board of Certification exam for athletic training graduates – with an average first time passing rate between 60 and 80 percent – is daunting. But last April, all 10 Whitworth athletic training alumni who sat for the national Board of Certification exam passed on their first attempt, and are now certified athletic trainers eligible for state licensure and employment.

The Board of Certification exam is a rigorous, comprehensive assessment, covering the four years of undergraduate classroom content as well as clinical experiences. All of the students who sat for the exam are 2012 graduates.

“We’re tremendously proud of our graduates’ accomplishments,” says Cynthia Wright, assistant professor of health sciences and athletic training program director at Whitworth. “To the athletic training education program, this level of success acknowledges the strength of our academic program as well as the quality of clinical experiences. The individual students as well as faculty and staff deserve recognition for the years of combined effort to achieve both exam pass rates and graduate placement rates that far exceed national norms.”

According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize clients’ activity. Athletic trainers also help to prevent and diagnosis medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities.

The members of the Class of 2012 who passed the exam are Lauren Avischious, David Beauchene, Mara Birge, Rebecca Fick, Stephanie Habner, Will Horlbeck, Jake Pierce, Kristin Ressel, Jared Warren and Rachael Wilson.

Since passing the exam, these alums have accepted positions as graduate assistants at Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Portland State University, Seattle University and Utah State University. Others have found successful employment as certified athletic trainers in Spokane, for Boeing/Work-Fit; and for Real Salt Lake, Utah’s professional soccer team.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.