HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 17, 2022 – High Point University is celebrating another successful program and its students. The Class of 2022 for HPU’s Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) scored a perfect pass rate on the National Board of Certification (BOC) examination. HPU’s 100% first-time pass rate far surpassed the three-year aggregate national average of 72.17%.
The National Board exam tests the students’ medical knowledge, clinical reasoning and decision making to support evidence-based patient care.
Kelley Gosling, a member of HPU’s MSAT Class of 2022, attributes this accomplishment to faculty mentors who helped students through a challenging year.
“This year’s class surmounted the challenge of learning to be skilled clinicians during a time when all eyes were on the health care field,” said Gosling, who is now an athletic trainer at Select Physical Therapy working in Orlando, Florida. “It was through the support of each other and of the faculty that we were able to accomplish this feat. I am so proud of this group as both newly certified athletic trainers and as friends.”
Passing the BOC examination is a requirement to practice in the sports medicine field as a certified athletic trainer. Athletic trainers are highly qualified health care providers who specialize in providing emergency and acute care, orthopedic evaluation and diagnosis, and treatment and rehabilitation for physically active populations.
“The High Point University MSAT program continues its record of excellence in preparing health care providers in athletic training,” said Dr. Jolene Henning, Anzellete Prevost Smith Chair of Athletic Training. “The HPU advantage sets our graduates apart in not only passing the exam but with our 100% employment rate as well.”
HPU’s Athletic Training Class of 2022 reflects the university’s commitment to excellence in health care education. Recently, HPU’s Department of Nursing welcomed its first cohort of students and will have their first White Coat Ceremony this month. HPU’s Workman School of Dental Medicine, the only private dental school in the state, will welcome the first cohort in 2024 and is operating dental practices throughout the Triad to give students hands-on experience. And HPU’s Class of 2022 physician assistant cohort also scored a 100% first-time pass rate.
HPU’s Department of Athletic Training is housed in the Congdon School of Health Sciences. The MSAT program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.