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IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2014
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Athletic training majors earn scholarships, certification

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University athletic training majors, showing knowledge and ambition for their field, have been awarded national scholarships and demonstrated an overall 95.65 percent pass rate on the U.S. Board of Certification Examination.

Nicholas Ciccone, Mary Conklin, Cassandra Lipinski and Juliana Smeltz, from Aliquippa, Hersey, Mercer and Dorsife, have received $2,300 National Athletic Trainers' Association Foundation scholarships. To qualify, students must have completed at least 60 credits of coursework and achieve an overall grade-point average of 3.2 or better.

To receive the scholarship, students must be involved with athletic training and service activities. They must distinguish themselves in service, clinically and academically. SRU's recipients have overall GPA's above 3.8, serve in the SRU Athletic Traning Association and are involved in community activities, said Jackie Williams, SRU associate professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences.

In a separate accomplishment, 22 of 23 SRU athletic training majors passed the U.S. Board of Certification Examination during the 2013-2014 reporting period, said Jackie Williams, SRU associate professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences. Of these students, 20 of 22 students passed the passed the examination on the first attempt.

SRU's overall 95 percent pass rate exceeds the national overall pass rate of 86 percent, Williams said. SRU's 90 percent first-time pass results top the 82 percent national average.

In Pennsylvania, those aspiring to work as athletic trainers must pass the Board of Certification Examination and fulfill requirements of the state board of medicine/state board of osteopathic medicine in order to as a licensed athletic trainer.

The examination, administered by the Board of Certification Inc., a non-profit membership organization headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, provides a certification program for entry-level athletic trainers. The Board of Certification establishes and reviews the standards for the practice of athletic training and continuing education requirements for certified athletic trainers. This agency is the only accredited certification program for athletic trainers in the U.S., Willaims said.

The organization served as the certification arm of the National Athletic Trainers' Association until 1989, when it became an independent nonprofit.

The National Athletic Trainers' Association, founded in 1950, is the membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support athletic training professions.

Athletic trainers, who collaborate with medical professionals, provide emergency care at sporting events, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and injury rehabilitation.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.