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William Woods’ 2019 Athletic Training program class achieves 100 percent first-time pass rate on BOC Certification Exam

Fulton, MO– At William Woods University (WWU), being considered a professions-based university is not merely a marketing slogan. The university’s focus on preparing students for careers in the 21stcentury economy is a constant, year-round commitment. Consider the latest news from the WWU Athletic Training Program.

The 2019 WWU Athletic Training Program achieved a rare distinction, as all three graduating seniors achieved a first-time pass on the Board of Certification’s (BOC) certification exam. Due to the education and training they received at William Woods, all three are able to use the title of certified athletic trainer and the clinical designation ATC to apply for state licensure to work as athletic trainers. 

All three of the graduates will enter graduate programs. Amanda Bouchey (Centralia, Mo.) was accepted into a post-professional Masters of Science Athletic Training at Missouri State University; Mitchel Brown (St. Peters, Mo.) was accepted into the Master of Healthcare Administration program at William Woods; and Anna Houston (Union, Mo.), has entered into the National Guard’s Master of Physicians’ Assistant program.

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“We take great pride in preparing our students to serve as medical providers in a growing field,” said Dr. Steve Middleton, Director of the WWU Master of Athletic Training Program and Assistant Professor of Science and Health. 

“A degree in athletic training can allow a student to work in a traditional setting such as high school, college or professional sports or practice in one of the more emerging settings such as industrial medicine, tactical medicine, performance (dance) medicine, or many more. There is no better place to prepare you for a career in the the profession of athletic training than William Woods.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, certified athletic trainers are estimated to experience a 21 percent job growth by the year 2024 – three times the national average.

Beginning with the fall 2019 semester, the Athletic Training Program at WWU will expand by transitioning to graduate level education as the university will start offering its first Master of Athletic Training degree. For more on the Master of Athletic Training program at William Woods, please visit