The CAATE has compiled frequently asked questions for students, professionals and post-professionals. Find answers to your questions below.
Students - GENERAL QUESTIONS
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
Previously, ACIs had to be credential for at least one year. I no longer see that listed in the 2012 Standards. Is that no longer required by CAATE? Can that be an institutional decision now?
There is no longer an ‘ACI’ designation or a requirement for the preceptor to be credentialed for a year. The program, however, should evaluate the newly credentialed healthcare professional’s ability to provide quality clinical education experiences for students in the program while they themselves are transitioning to practice.