The CAATE has compiled frequently asked questions for students, professionals and post-professionals. Find answers to your questions below.
PROFESSIONAL FAQS - General Questions
Does the preceptor need to sign the affiliation agreement or just a representative from the institution?
The preceptor does not need to sign the affiliation agreement. The person signing must have the authority to sign on behalf of the facility and their employees. For example, at a high school, signing authority might reside with the principle or superintendent, at a clinic it might be the CEO, etc. For colleges/universities, it is usually a president, dean or their designee. There may be a contracts office at the college/university that handles these types of agreements. Remember if the preceptor is employed by one facility (i.e., a clinic) and is supervising students at another facility (i.e., a high school) then there must be an affiliation agreement or MOU on file for both facilities.
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.
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.
PROFESSIONAL FAQS - Annual Report
Please refer to the Glossary terms Preceptor and Health Care Professional located in the 2012 Standards.
Can we update our preceptor training date to reflect the most recent date (even though it occurs after the reporting period)?
The directory information (clinical site, faculty, and preceptor profiles) are dynamic and can be updated at all times. Programs are encouraged to put in the most recent training date. The reviewers will not be concerned with the training date occurring within the reporting year.
I evaluate competencies and interact with students when I am in the Athletic Training Clinic (as the Clinical Education Coordinator) but I do not have students assigned to me like our other clinical staff. Should I still list myself as a Preceptor?
It is assumed that the CEC and/or PD will evaluate students so it is not necessary for you to list yourself as a preceptor.
“Maximum Number of Students this Preceptor supervises at any given time” calculated? Should it include only students enrolled in the program, or observers as well?
Only students enrolled in the program should be included.
Would there be any issue from CAATE with us using a preceptor from another country if the preceptor is not BOC certified, but is CATA certified?
With the Mutual Agreement between CATA and BOC, the CAATE does not see an issue with using a preceptor who is CATA Certified. It would be treated like Texas licensure (non-BOC) where they would need a majority of their clinical experience with the BOC-credentialed individual.