The CAATE has compiled frequently asked questions for students, professionals and post-professionals. Find answers to your questions below.
Students - GENERAL QUESTIONS
If the camp/internship falls outside of the program’s educational requirements, then the individual is not defined as an athletic training student by the CAATE. If these experiences are solely sought out by the student (and are not a part of the program’s educational/clinical requirements), the program would not be required to prove compliance with applicable Standards. However, to protect the student, we would encourage you to check with your state practice act (and those of the state the student may be participating), as some state practice acts specify what defines an athletic training student. If they are functioning outside of that definition, they may not be protected from liability if they are participating outside of the actions of a CAATE accredited educational program. Thus, the student may be open to unlimited liability or potential violation of state practice acts and may not be protected in these scenarios.
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
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.