NATABOC Re-Certification Process Made Simple
Is the NATABOC recertification process overwhelming? We have simplified it with this post
UPDATED 9/30/2022, Originally posted 7/19/21
By Hannah Bernhardt PT, DPT, ATC/L & Phil Plisky, PT, DSc, ATC
Recertification years can be stressful as you try to complete your courses and ensure you have completed all the steps to get recertified. Our goal is to simplify the process and give you ideas for the best value in courses. There are a lot of ways to get your NATA CEUs and the recertification process doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.
We have outlined the requirements and steps to make it easy for you. We have compiled a list of free NATA BOC CEUs as well as the best value in CEUs. But let's get straight to what many are trying to find...free NATA BOC CEU courses. The goal is to have the most comprehensive list so please email us if we are missing any. Also, please email us if any of the links have changed or are broken. We want this to be as simple as possible.
List of Free NATA BOC CEU Courses
We have not personally completed all of these courses, but they are free. In order to help others trying to use this page, please let us know if there are additional ones we don't have listed or if a link is broken. Click HERE to contact us
Below is a "complimentary seven‑part leadership series designed for personal and professional development for new and seasoned leaders. You still have an opportunity to learn from some of our top leaders with the below enduring courses." This series is 5.5 CEUs
Cultivating and Utilizing a Diverse Professional Network
Dustin Loveland, M.D., Surgical Director and Chief of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Children’s Health℠ Andrews Institute
From Clinician to Corporate Leader, How to Navigate New Waters
Dai Chung, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and EVP, Physician Organizations for the Children’s Health and UT Southwestern Joint Pediatric Enterprise (JPE)
How to Achieve Business Goals in an Uncertain Environment
Patrick Hyde, MBA, Senior Director of Strategic Finance at Children’s Health
Inclusion, The New Leader Competency
Tina Bowers, MBA, CDM, Vice President, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Children’s Health
Looking Back at 30+ Years Worth of Leadership Lessons
Vanessa Walls, MS, Executive Vice President of Children’s Health Northern Market
Program Building From The Ground Up
Scott Burkhart, PsyD, Pediatric Neuropsychologist at Children’s Health Andrews Institute
The Andrews Model: Developing a Sustainable Model for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
Chad Gilliland, ATC, MSM, Senior Director at Children’s Health Andrews Institute
See individual courses in bundle for accreditation details. Up to 5.5, continuing education credits are available for Athletic Trainers, Physicians and Nurses by completing all courses.
Over 10 free CEU episodes
Provides free Category A and EBP Category CEUs for certified athletic trainers
You need to register. If you search "athletic training", you should see all of the applicable AT CEU. There seem to be some high level CEU. For example, Andrews Sports Medicine Lecture Series: Shoulder and Elbow Injuries in the Throwing Athlete
My Evolution in Managing SLAP Lesions Over the Past 40 Years ***Newly added **** by Dr. Andrews
The Children's Hospital Colorado has an entire online continuing education site. Many of the courses are AT applicable. On this page under the enduring courses section lists a lot of the sports and pediatric related courses Children’s Hospital Colorado (BOC AP#: P3765) is approved by the Board of Certification, to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. Most programs are eligible for 1 Category A hours/CEUs.
"Policy changes within the NCAA often lead to confusion or the sharing of misinformation that may put athletes and collegiate sport programs at risk. Questions regarding new changes or interpretations of current bylaws are often directed to Drug Free Sport International and NCAA member services. This session aims to clarify common questions and new policy changes set forth by the NCAA. Through direct discussion with LaGwyn Durden, Director of the NCAA’s Sport Science Institute, attendees will receive accurate and up-to-date information they can apply to their sports programs right away."
Drug Free Sport International (BOC AP# P8729) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 1.5 Category A hours/CEUs.
The Center holds live continuing education throughout the year that usually has NATA BOC CEUs with it. You can sign up for their newsletter to get alerted when they have them HERE
Exercise as a Treatment for Depression (0.5 CEUs)
The Effects of Jet Lag and Travel Fatigue on the Athletic Population (1.0 CEUs)
Care of the Critically Injured Football Player: Football Helmet Technology Review (1.0 CEUs)
The Triangles of Critical Care Approach to Sports Medicine Team Emergency Action Planning (1.0 CEUs)
Bacterial Meningitis Concerns in Collegiate Athletics (0.5 CEUs)
A member benefit that allows the owner to purchase quizzes. All members of NATA, who have renewed their membership in full, are eligible for 10 Free CEU Credits, a $150 value.
How to use Your FREE NATA CEU Credits
Sign in to your Professional Development Center Account
Search "Course Catalog" for desired course(s).
Select the course to purchase and check the "Buy with CEUs" box to apply CEU Credits and continue to Checkout.
CEU Credits will automatically be deducted from your total CEU Credits Available towards your Order.
The course you just purchased will now be found in your "Incomplete Courses" section of your Dashboard page.
Upper Extremity Neurological Exam (1.5 Units)
Patient Centered Care (1.5 Units)
You can get 20 CEU through ATVantage.
Non-traditional setting ideas
1-2 monthly live CEU courses usually awarding 1 category A credit
Must attend live for NATA CEU credit
There are TONS of free courses through GSSI (over 20 NATA BOC CEUs) that are continually updated.
Best Value In NATA BOC CEUs
While free CEUs can be great and you can get close to the required number, sometimes free CEUs are worth what you pay for them. If you have to complete CEUs, you might as well get the most out of them.
That’s why I recommend MedBridge as the best place to get high quality (including the sometimes hard to find EBP Category) CEUs for the lowest price. Basically you get unlimited CEUs for $200 (Using MedBridge Promo Code PLISKYATC). And if you get your MedBridge Subscription in 2021, your subscription will cross 2 reporting periods which means that you will essentially get 4 years of CEUs done for $200 (2020-2021 reporting period plus 2022-2023).
While there are a lot of great courses on MedBridge, we are putting together a list of our favorites depending on your interest area. There are currently 97 hours of BOC-certified EBP and 620 hours of Cat A CEUs.
Here is a sample of what's available:
The Athlete’s Hip: Evaluation of Groin Pain by John Snyder
A full list of NATABOC courses that are included in your Medbridge Subscription can be found HERE. The list of the 600+ hours of athletic training CEU can be found HERE. So basically you get unlimited NATABOC CEUs for $200.
Some states have a live CEU requirement, in that case, MedBridge has live webinars that are included in your $200 subscription.
Recommended MedBridge Courses for Athletic Trainers
This year is a CEU reporting period for my wife and me as PTs and ATCs. While most of my CEU was taken care of with research publications and presentations, Melody had to primarily complete hers online.
So as she completed her CEU, I had her identify her favorite and most valuable courses. Of course, she said that all of mine were the best :) but beyond that, here are her favorites for this year. If she had a rationale for why she liked it, it is included in quotes below.
* = new or completely updated course
"You gotta love his accent. Really strong evidenced-based courses with videos of hands-on techniques"
"Excellent information to be aware of for mental health. Stephen is a very engaging speaker and so easy to listen to, and he gives very practical advice and information."
Todd Arnold, MD
"Easy to understand Todd’s lectures. Practical and helpful with excellent information and great reminders for care."
Phil is a great guy, my husband, and also happens to know what he is talking about :)
"Return to sport testing is so important and too often overlooked. It needs to be second nature for all therapists and athletic trainers. Too many athletes are returning before they’re ready and more injuries are occurring. That’s not how we want job security. We want them returning at high function and performance without future injury and that is our success."
"Excellent courses. I usually don’t consider classifying concussions and this was very clear on how beneficial that is. Easy to understand presenters. Good addition to my practice to screen using the VOMS."
“Craig's courses are excellent and should be viewed by every PT and AT. We should all practice this way.”
"This is an excellent course that describes the research regarding evaluating movement and using a regional interdependence approach"
Kyle Kiesel and Phil Plisky
"I’m totally on board with this being an integral part of our practice"
"Practical review of emergency management strategies ensuring you are using the latest evidence in those situations... Good case and Q+A with Todd."
What if I am dual credentialed ATC CSCS or PT CSCS, do my NATA CEUs count toward my NSCA CSCS Certification CEUs?
The short answer is yes as long as the course falls under the scope practice of the NSCA Certificaiton Exam. The NSCA gives a pretty explicit answer that I have provided below:
From NSCA "Only continuing education content that relates to the scope of practice and Detailed Content Outline (DCO) of an NSCA certification exam will be accepted. Below are some examples of acceptable and unacceptable content. If you have questions about the acceptability of a particular activity’s content, contact the NSCA prior to engaging in the activity for credit.
Examples of acceptable content:
Anatomy and Physiology
Organization and Administration (Refer to the current DCO for allowed content)
Testing and Evaluation
Return to Play Reconditioning
Examples of Unacceptable Content:
Group Fitness/Holistic Activities
Unrelated Alternative Health Topics (e.g., hypnosis, acupuncture)
Allied Health Topics beyond the NSCA credential scope of practice (e.g., athletic training, physical therapy or massage therapy specific techniques)"
How to Complete Your Online CEU Reporting for 2023:
- Go to BOC Central Log-In which is found on the top right corner of the main page of the BOC website. http://www.bocatc.org
- The dashboard will show the requirements.
- The CEU reporting form is currently available. Click on Menu --> Enter/Report CE Activity.
- Enter the CE activity information
Keep track of Category, # of CEUs, Course Information, and Date of Course on your online reporting form.
Requirements for 2023 Re-Cert:
ATs must complete a predetermined number of continuing education units (CEUs) during the certification maintenance period. The current period ends December 31, 2023. While every attempt is made to keep the requirements up to date, it is important to review the most current requirements for NATA BOC re-certification at https://bocatc.org/athletic-trainers/maintain-certification/continuing-education/continuing-education
Due Dec. 31, 2022
Due Dec. 31, 2023
|1. ATTEST TO COMPLIANCE WITH BOC STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE||REQUIRED||REQUIRED|
|2. UPLOAD CURRENT EMERGENCY CARDIAC CARE (ECC) CARD/CERTIFICATE OR CONFIRM CURRENT ECC CERTIFICATION||REQUIRED||REQUIRED|
|3. PAY ANNUAL CERTIFICATION MAINTENANCE FEE||REQUIRED
(waived if certified in 2022)
|4. REPORT CONTINUING EDUCATION||DUE DEC. 31, 2023||REQUIRED|
|If above requirements not met by deadline:
*Late fees may be assessed for each year requirements are late (e.g. $20 if late in 2022 and $20 if late in 2023 = $40 in late fees)
|Certification remains active, AT must submit missing requirements and pay a $20 late fee by Dec. 31, 2023.||Certification expires. To return to Certified status, AT must submit missing requirements and pay a $20 late fee by Feb. 29, 2024.|
- 50 CEUs are required per reporting year due 12/31/2023
- ATs certified in 2021 or before must complete 50 CEUs (1 contact hour = 1 CEU)
Confused about Categories?
Don’t worry because it seems complex, but is not as bad as it seems!
EBP: Note the Evidence Based Practice Cateogory has been eliminated!!!
Category A (10 min no maximum) BOC Approved Provider Programs:
- Programs in this category are approved through BOC Approved Providers (Visit the program directory to confirm an activity qualifies for Category A). Medbridge's NATA BOC Approved Provider number is P8441 MedBridge Education
- Post-certification coursework, residency, fellowship or doctoral dissertation with a focus on athletic training.
- A residency or fellowship needs to be a full year and may be claimed in the reporting period when the residency or fellowship is completed. (e.g. begin residency in June 2023 and complete residency in June 2024, the 25 Category A CEUs can be used for the 2024-2025 reporting period).
- Author of a peer-reviewed journal article addressing patient-oriented clinical research or translational research
Category B (no min; max of 33): Professional and Scholarly Activities
Category C (no min; max of 40): Post-certificate college/university course work; must be within the domains identified in Practice Analysis, 7th Edition
- CEUs are awarded for successful completion of college/university courses if the content of the course falls within the domains identified in the PA7.
- The college/university anended must be accredited by an agency recognized by the us Department of Education or the coursework has been deemed equivalent to US coursework by a third party (e.g. World Education Services).
- In order to be eligible, a course must be assigned credit hours and be listed on an official transcript.
- In order for practicum courses, clinical and internship experiences to be eligible, credit hours must be earned and listed as such on an official transcript.
- 10 CEUs are awarded for each credit hour (e.g. a 3 credit course receives 30 CEUs) and a credit hour must be equivalent to a minimum of 10 classroom hours. Teaching a college course is not acceptable for CE credit.
- Non-credit college courses are not acceptable for CE credit in Category C. Courses must be listed individually; do not list degree program or semester as a whole.
- ATs can utilize the free Individual Activity Review tool or request BOC staff will review your activity for a $45 fee to help determine if CE activities fall within the domains of athletic training as defined in PA7.
Category D (no min; max of 28): Non-BOC approved providers; Activities by non-BOC approved providers, videos, dvds, multimedia presentations/webinars
BOC has a program directory where you can search for programs and gain further details.
Still want more information: BOC has a more detailed handbook about CEUs:
BOC Recertification Checklist
- Enter CEUs on BOC Website
- Pay fees for both 2022 and 2023
- Enter CPR Course Certificate
- Update personal information
If there are other free courses or other helpful information, please email us to let us know and we will add it.
Hannah Bernhardt PT, DPT, ATC/L is a physical therapist and athletic trainer and orthopedic resident at Forefront Therapy in Evansville, IN. She is a certified athletic trainer and also holds certifications in SFMA Level 1 and LSVT BIG. As a PT student at the University of Evansville, she was the coordinator and session leader of ACErcise, a probono fitness class for clients with neurological disorders. She has developed an interest in treating chronic conditions and persistent pain through her clinical experiences at the University of Evansville in Athletic Training and Physical Therapy.
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