Two students pass certification exam on first attempt
FAYETTE, Iowa (May 20, 2008) -Two Upper Iowa University (UIU) students are among a small percentage of candidates to pass the Board of Certification (BOC) athletic training certification exam on the first attempt.
Seniors Averi Alderdyce, Anamosa, and Mandi Drees, Carroll, in April successfully completed the rigorous four-hour exam that caps four years of study, numerous hours of clinical experience and practical knowledge gained by working alongside certified athletic training staff. Only 35 percent pass the exam on the first attempt.
"This is an incredible accomplishment for these students and our program," said Angie Leete, MS, ATC, LAT and UIU director of athletic training education. "It reassures us that what we are doing in the classroom and in the athletic training room is preparing our students to be entry-level athletic trainers when they leave campus."
In addition to passing the test, Alderdyce and Drees have received their undergraduate degrees, thus fulfilling both criteria for certification. They are now certified athletic trainers and can add the letters "ATC" behind their names. "There is nothing better than seeing those last three letters behind your name," said Leete. "It's just an incredible feeling. Only you know how much hard work and determination went into those three letters."
Both women have been accepted into graduate school programs and will work as graduate assistants for high school and college athletic departments, respectively, while they continue their education.
"I chose the Athletic Training Education program at Upper Iowa because I have been involved in sports my whole life," said Drees. "This is a great way for me to stay close to athletics." For Drees, being around the sports teams and athletes was her favorite part of the program; the demands of the academic coursework and the clinical experience were something she had to learn to juggle. "One thing it did for me is teach me how to manage my time."
Like Drees, Alderdyce became involved in Athletic Training because her whole family is sports oriented. She enjoyed the demands of the program. "It can be a stressful program between the athletic events and homework," Alderdyce said. "But it made me grow up, and I learned to deal with all types of situations and people from different backgrounds. It's been a wonderful experience and a great career choice."
Both Alderdyce and Drees credit the late Brooke Kerns, former program director at UIU, for her guidance and influence in choosing athletic training and Upper Iowa University. "Brooke was definitely a deciding factor in choosing UIU," said Drees. "Her passion for athletic training is something I will always take with me."
Four other UIU seniors also sat for the certification exam. Several were close to the passing score of 500 and plan to retake the exam during the June testing window. These students have also been successful in finding jobs in the field of athletic training.
For more information about Upper Iowa University and its Athletic Training Education program, go to www.uiu.edu.
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