Thursday, November 17, 2022
The CAATE Board of Commissioners approved changes to sections of the CAATE Professional Program Standards and Post-Professional Standards during the November 2022 Board meeting. The changes were proposed by the CAATE Standards Committee and Professional Accreditation Council. The majority of changes are meant to clarify sections of the Standards.
- Professional Program Standards
- Standard 39 – How to Address This Standard
- Standard 41-Annotation
- Glossary of Terms
- Post-Professional Standards
- Standard 39
Why is the CAATE Making These Changes?
The changes are being made to clarify that scholarship is a requirement for the coordinator of clinical education (Professional Program Standard 39), clarify the definition of core faculty and reduce confusion by defining ‘program faculty’ and eliminating the definitions for ‘adjunct faculty’ and ‘associated faculty’ (Professional Program Standard 41 and Glossary of Terms), and align the language for medical director license requirements across CAATE Standards (Post-Professional Program Standard 39).
Changes to the 2020 Professional Standards
The coordinator of clinical education is a core faculty member whose primary appointment is to the athletic training program and who has responsibility to direct clinical education. The coordinator of clinical education’s experience and qualifications include the following:
- Contemporary expertise in athletic training
- Certification and good standing with the Board of Certification
- Possession of a current state athletic training credential and good standing with the state regulatory agency in the state in which the program is housed (in states with regulation)
- Previous clinical practice in athletic training
The title of this individual is determined by the institution, and the position should be consistent with the responsibilities of others at the institution who have similar roles. This individual is not the same person as the program director.
How to Address This Standard
- Describe the qualifications of coordinator of clinical education, including previous clinical practice in athletic training.
- Describe how the coordinator of clinical education fulfills the definition of contemporary expertise in the field of athletic training.
- Describe the coordinator of clinical education’s scholarship
- The curriculum vitae of the coordinator of clinical education
- Verification of the faculty status of the coordinator of clinical education
- Verification that the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of the coordinator of clinical education are consistent with similar positions at the institution
- Contemporary Expertise Table
Standard 41 Program faculty numbers are sufficient to meet the needs of the athletic training program and must include a minimum of three core faculty.
Program faculty may include core faculty, associated faculty, and adjunct faculty. Sufficiently meeting the needs of the program includes advising and mentoring students, meeting program outcomes, scholarship, program administration, recruiting and admissions, and offering courses on a regular and planned basis.
Programs are required to have sufficient numbers of program faculty to meet the needs of the athletic training program by the date of the implementation of these standards. Compliance with the requirement that the program has a minimum of three core faculty is required after July 1, 2023. Until July 1, 2023 programs will be required to maintain compliance with the 2012 Standard (Standard 30) requiring a minimum of two core faculty.
Adjunct faculty: Individuals contracted to provide course instruction on a full-course or partial-course basis but whose primary employment is elsewhere inside or outside the institution. Adjunct faculty may be paid or unpaid.
Associated faculty: Individuals with a split appointment between the program and another institutional entity (for example, athletics, another program, or another institutional department). These faculty members may be evaluated and assigned responsibilities by multiple supervisors.
Core faculty: Core faculty members are involved in meeting the day to day needs of the program, including but not limited to teaching athletic training courses, advising and mentoring athletic training students, engaging in scholarship, and fulfilling other roles and responsibilities as assigned by the Program Director. Core Faculty must have
with full faculty status, rights, responsibilities, privileges, and college voting rights as defined by the institution. and who have primary responsibility to the program. These faculty members are appointed to teach athletic training courses, advise, and mentor students in the athletic training program. Core , full-time faculty report to, are evaluated by, and are assigned responsibilities by the administrator (chair or dean), in consultation with the program director, of the academic unit in which the program is housed. A core faculty member must be an athletic trainer or physician.
Program faculty: Includes all faculty members who are involved in the design and/or delivery of the professional athletic training program, regardless of their employment classification.
Program personnel: All program faculty
(core, affiliated, and adjunct) and support staff involved with the professional program.
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Changes to the Post-Professional Standards
Medical Director: The program must have a Medical Director. This individual must be an MD/DO who is licensed to practice.
in the state sponsoring the program.
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