The CAATE has compiled frequently asked questions for students, professionals and post-professionals. Find answers to your questions below.
Students - GENERAL QUESTIONS
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
To become an athletic trainer, candidates must graduate with a degree in Athletic Training from an accredited athletic training program and successfully pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. To practice as an athletic trainer in most states, the individual must also be credentialed within the state. Degrees in physical therapy, exercise science, strength and conditioning or others DO NOT qualify the candidate to sit for the BOC examination.
PROFESSIONAL FAQS - General Questions
I am trying to find if there is anything from CAATE that states that students in an athletic training program are required to have a physical in order to be an athletic training student.
The 2012 Standards do not state that students need to have a physical.
PROFESSIONAL FAQS - 2012 Professional Program Standards
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 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.