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PROFESSIONAL FAQS - 2012 Professional Program Standards
Standard 3 (2012 Professional Program Standards): Does the program need to have an affiliation agreement with the College where the program is housed?
All sites where students are involved in patient care or observation-only experience (excluding the Program’s sponsoring institution) must have an affiliation agreement or memorandum(s) of understanding that is endorsed by the appropriate administrative authority (i.e. those bearing signature authority) at both the sponsoring institution and site. In the case where the administrative oversight of the preceptor differs from the affiliate site, formal agreements must be obtained from all parties.
Standard 6 (2012 Professional Program Standards): When providing assessment tools, is the expectation an example of assessment tools in the three categories of instruction, student learning, and program effectiveness or actually all of the tools used?
A sample of the tools would be more appropriate than just one in each category. No need to include all, but enough to allow the reviewers to evaluate.
Standard 17 (2012 Professional Program Standards): Is it acceptable for a Program Director to have an overload as long as the PD is paid for the overload?
The intent of this Standard (2012 Professional Program Standards) is to ensure that program directors are given adequate time and resources to fulfill the requirements of their position and the needs of the program. The PD’s overall load must be comparable to similarly held health care positions at the institution or benchmarked by peer institutions. It is up to the institution to describe a case where this practice is consistent with other health care programs at the institution or peer institutions. If the program cannot verify this practice is consistent with the required benchmarking criterion, the practice would be non-compliant.
Who exactly is included as faculty when it comes to Standards 25-29 (2012 Professional Program Standards); when it talks about instruction of athletic training knowledge, skills, and abilities? Depending on how you read this, it could be anyone teaching psychology, physiology, anatomy, etc. to the more athletic training specific classes such as evaluation techniques, therapeutic modalities, etc. Who is to be included when providing information on the self-study/annual report for these Standards? And if it is every course such as anatomy and biology, do I need to provide the information for every possible teacher in that department that may teach one of those sections of classes?
Only include AT core courses. Pre-requisites or courses outside the department that are included as basic science courses do not need to be included.
Standard 25 (2012 Professional Program Standards): How do we upload the faculty information (table)? Do we just refer back to the table maintained on the CAATE site?
The list of Faculty and Instructional Staff is maintained on the Faculty Tab. A direct link is provided within the Standard in the self-study.
Standard 26 (2012 Professional Program Standards): Some of our adjuncts teach multiple courses. Is it sufficient to have one letter for each?
Yes, typically faculty appointment letters would include multiple courses if that was the expectation for the faculty member to teach.
Regarding Standard 30 (2012 Professional Program Standards) (Athletic training faculty number; PD + 1 additional faculty member with 100% of 1.0 FTE dedicated to the athletic training program): if a faculty member has release time for service to the athletic department (for sport coverage), but is considered faculty, with full faculty status, would this faculty member fulfill this standard? Or, does the 1.0 FTE (100% of the 1.0 FTE) mean 100% of the institutional load must be directed to the academic (non-clinical) aspects of the ATP?
If the chair or dean of the academic unit gives academic release time to a faculty member for clinical responsibilities, that person would fulfill the faculty status as described in the glossary and Standard 30.
We have our student complete a surgical observation; do we need to have the students evaluate the site, the surgeon, both, or neither?
Standard 51 (2012 Professional Program Standards) states that all clinical education sites must be evaluated by the program on an annual and planned basis and the evaluations must serve as part of the program’s comprehensive assessment plan. The Standard does not indicate the types of evaluations that need to be performed. Educationally it may be appropriate to evaluate the site and the surgeon to determine if it is a worthwhile experience for the student.
Standard 55 (2012 Professional Program Standards): Is it acceptable to require students to return to campus (in early August) and tie that experience to a Clinical Course that will be taught during the fall/first semester (which would normally start 2-3 weeks after the students’ early return) and appears on the course syllabus?
A clinical experience can extend beyond the academic semester and during breaks as long as it is tied to an academic course. The aforementioned scenario could be considered compliant if all other criteria are met. For example, it is critical that this practice is approved by those in the institution with authority to do so to ensure students are not prohibited from returning early for a variety of reasons (e.g. liability insurance coverage).
Standard 55 (2012 Professional Program Standards): Is it acceptable to evaluate proficiencies during this (early) time period that are tied to the fall clinical experience class and appear on the course syllabus?
Assessment of knowledge, skills, and abilities can occur in any fashion consistent with the program’s policy including, but not limited to, times during early arrival and holiday coverage.
Standard 58 (2012 Professional Program Standards) states “Students must receive a day off in every seven-day period”. Must Standard 58 be followed in this time period prior to or extended beyond the institution’s academic calendar?
Any deviation from the Standard that occurs outside of institution’s normal academic calendar must be written within an institutional policy that has been approved by the Program Director, the Department Chair, Dean, and the institution’s legal counsel to ensure this practice does not contradict any federal and state statutes.
Standard 63 (2012 Professional Program Standards): By sending the students to apply ice on their own, is the Program Non-Compliant with Standard 63 since the AT is not “physically present” and does not “have the ability to intervene on behalf of the athletic training student and patient”? If this scenario is allowed under the Standard, when would this become non-compliant (what skill/task performed by the student or what question answered by the student would this situation then become non-compliant)?
The athletic training student must be supervised at all times, therefore, sending the student to perform athletic training services, including application of ice, on a patient would require the presence of an appropriately credentialed preceptor (e.g. licensed athletic trainer). Failure to assure athletic training students are supervised during all clinical experiences will result in non-compliance.
Often physicians (orthopedic, internal medicine, etc.) who have private practices do not have written EAPs for their offices. Does the Standard 78 (2012 Professional Program Standards) for EAPs apply for physicians in private practice?
Yes, Standard 78 (2012 Professional Program Standards), as well as Standard 79 (The program must have a process for site specific training and review of the EAP with the student before they begin patient care at that site.) and Standard 80 (Students must have immediate access to the EAP in an emergency situation.) apply to all venues where athletic training students are placed for clinical education.