State Practice Acts

State Practice Acts Affecting the Roles and Responsibilities of Athletic Training Students

 

Background
The following are Rules and Regulations of those states which have athletic training regulatory acts and describes the roles and responsibilities of athletic training students. These findings were then grouped by general categories with the verbiage from each applicable act being included at the end. Also, where available, a link to the actual practice act has been included.

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Alabama
Arkansas
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Massachusetts

Minnesota
Mississippi

Missouri
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas

Alabama

Section 2(1): "APPRENTICE ATHLETIC TRAINER. A person who assists in the duties usually performed by an athletic trainer and who works under the direct supervision of a licensed athletic trainer."

Arkansas

Section 15. Nothing in this act shall be deemed to prohibit designated interns from university academic programs preparing athletic trainers from performing acts of athletic training incidental to their courses of study.

Colorado

Section 3.5.I: … and who has completed a minimum of one thousand five hundred actual hours of supervised clinical experience or internship training in athletic training under the supervision of a person accredited by a national athletic training standards organization designated by the state board of medical examiners; or
Section 3.5.II … and who has completed a minimum of eight hundred actual hours of clinical hours of supervised clinical experience or internship in athletic training under the supervision of a person accredited by a national athletic training standards organization designated by the state board of medical examiners;

Connecticut

 19a-16b. "Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit a student enrolled in a higher program in athletic training in a regionally accredited institution of higher education from performing such duties as are within his course of study. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit a person fulfilling the internship requirement for certification by the NATA, Inc. from performing such duties as are within his internship, provided he is functioning under the direct supervision of a person who is currently certified as an athletic trainer by the NATA, Inc."

Delaware

Section 2.J Defines "direct supervision" for other professions as, "… Shall be personally present and immediately available within the treatment area to give aide, direction, and instruction when procedures are performed."

Florida

468.701.8 "'Direct Supervision' means the physical presence of the supervisor on the premises so that the supervisor is immediately available to the trainee when needed."

Georgia

 43-5-7 "… nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prevent any person from serving as a student-trainer, assistant-trainer, teacher-trainer, or any similar position if such service is not primarily for compensation and is carried out under the supervision of a coach, physician, or a licensed athletic trainer."

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Illinois

1160.5.4.3. "Any person pursuing a course of study leading to a degree or certificate in athletic training at an accredited or approved educational program if such activities and services constitute a part of a supervised course of study, and if such person is designated by a title which clearly indicates his or her status as a student or trainer trainee; or
11060.5.4.4 "Any person fulfilling the supervised work experience requirements of Section 9 of this Act, if such activities and services constitute a part of the experience necessary to meet the requirements of that Section;"
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Indiana

 898 IAC-1-1-9 "'Supervision' means daily personal verbal contact at the site of supervision between the athletic training student and the supervising athletic trainer who is certified by BOC and who plans, directs, advises, and evaluates the student's athletic training experience. IAC-1-4-1.b "An athletic trainer who is supervising an athletic training student's education experiences shall afford supervision adequate to assure (following stated written and verbal direction) that the student performs his or her tasks in a manner consistent with IC 25-1-9, IC 25-5.1, and this title. An athletic trainer who is supervising an athletic training student must be recognized as an athletic trainer at the setting where the athletic training student is attaining athletic training experience hours. The supervising athletic trainer must maintain a record of each student's experiential hours.

Iowa

152-D-4.1 "Students of athletic training who practice athletic training under the supervision of a licensed athletic trainer in connection with the regular course instruction at a school providing athletic training instruction."

Kansas

100-69-2. Clinical experience. (a) An applicant for registration as an athletic trainer shall provide proof of satisfactory completion of clinical experience as follows: (1) If the applicant meets the educational requirements set forth in K.A.R. 100-69-1(a)(1) or (2), the applicant shall have completed, in at least two years, 800 hours of athletic training experience in settings associated with the approved program and under the supervision of either an athletic trainer registered by the board or an athletic trainer who met the requirements for registration in this state at the time the supervision was provided. (2) If the applicant meets the educational requirements set forth in K.A.R. 100-69-1(a)(3), the applicant shall have completed, in at least two years and at most five years, 1500 hours of athletic training experience under the supervision of either an athletic trainer registered by the board or an athletic trainer who met the requirements for registration in this state at the time the supervision was provided. One thousand of these hours shall have been completed at the interscholastic, intercollegiate or professional sports level.
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Kentucky

311.914 "[nothing in this section] shall be construed to prevent any person from serving as a student-trainer, assistant trainer, teacher-trainer or any similar position if such service is not primarily for compensation and is carried out under the supervision of a physician."
311.916.c "… at a college or university under the direct supervision of an athletic trainer approved by the board. …"

Louisiana

 RS37:3306.3 "The applicant shall have completed, beyond the secondary school level, either as an undergraduate or graduate student, at least four years as an apprentice athletic trainer at a college or university under the direct supervision of an athletic trainer approved by the board. …"

Maine

699-14356.2 "STUDENT ATHLETIC TRAINER. A person fulfilling the requirements for licensure or pursuing a supervised course of study leading to a degree or certificate in athletic training at an accredited or approved educational program if the person is designated by a title that indicates that the person's status as a student or trainee;

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Massachusetts

 259 CMR 2.01 "Direct Supervision. A process by which a supervisor is on the premises and available to provide supervision in the form of aid, direction, and instruction when procedures or activities are performed."
"Student. Any person pursuing a supervised course of study leading to a degree in athletic training, occupational therapy or physical therapy in an accredited or approved program, including co-operative education programs. Students involved in clinical affiliations which are a part of their educational program may perform duties commensurate with their level of education, in addition to those duties which may be performed by aides [elsewhere in the Rules and Regulations]'
"Supervision. A process by which two or more people participate in joint effort to establish, maintain, and elevate a level of performance. Supervision requires the physical presence of all parties at regularly scheduled supervision sessions. Supervision is structured according the supervisee's qualifications, position, level of preparation, depth of experience, and the environment within which the supervisee functions.

Minnesota

147.7803.1 "… A student attending a college or university athletic training program must be identified as a 'student athletic trainer.'"

Mississippi

73-55-3.d "'Apprentice athletic trainer' means a person who assists in the duties usually performed by an athletic trainer and who works under the direct supervision of a licensed athletic trainer."

Missouri

[Citation unintelligible] "'Apprentice athletic trainer', a person who assists in the duties usually rendered by an athletic trainer and who works under the direct supervision of a registered athletic trainer."

Nebraska

71-1,242.b "Graduation with a four-year degree from an accredited college university and completion of at least two consecutive years, military duty excepted, as a student athletic trainer under the supervision of an athletic trainer approved by the board."

New Hampshire

326-G:2.II "[This chapter shall not apply to the following:] The activities of students of athletic training pursuing a degree or certificate in athletic training at an accredited or approved educational institution, if such activities and services constitute a part of a supervised course of study, and such person is designated by a title which clearly indicates his status as a student athletic trainer."

New Jersey

Senate No. 1295 "6.b. This act shall not prohibit a candidate for registration as an athletic trainer from accumulating the mandated number of hours of supervised clinical experience under the direction of a registered athletic trainer; a student enrolled in a school or educational program of athletic training approved by the board from performing acts of athletic training incidental to the course of study if the performance is under the supervision of a registered athletic trainer…"

New Mexico

61-14D-5.A.2 "[Nothing in this act shall be construed] as preventing the practice of athletic training by a student enrolled in a program study at a nationally accredited institution approved by the board; provided that the student renders services pursuant to a course of instruction or assignment under the supervision of a licensed athletic trainer;"

North Carolina

90-526.b.3 "[The provisions of this Article do not apply to] A person serving as a student-trainer or in a similar position under the supervision of a physician or licensed athletic trainer."

Ohio

4755-46-02 Student Athletic Trainer
(A) The athletic training student is an unlicensed person. However, in accordance with division (A) (3) of section 4755.65 of the revised code if any person is pursuing a course of study leading to a degree or certificate in athletic training in an accredited or approved post secondary educational program and if the activities and services constitute a part of a supervised course of study and if the person is designated by a title which clearly indicates his/her status as a student or trainee, the person shall be exempt from this rule.
(B) A student athletic trainer can only be supervised by a licensed athletic trainer. The supervising athletic trainer is responsible for planning, directing, advising, and evaluating the student's athletic training experience. Supervision involves daily personal, verbal contact at the site of supervision.
(C) Any documentation written by a student athletic trainer must be countersigned by the supervising athletic trainer. Documentation written by a student athletic trainer must be followed by a title which indicates that he/she is a student. High school student aides are unlicensed persons as defined under rule 4755-46-01 of the Administrative Code.
(D) High school students are not "student athletic trainers," as the term is defined under paragraph (a) of rule 4755-46-02 of the Administrative Code. "Student athletic trainer" is defined to mean a person pursuing a degree or certificate in athletic training in a post secondary education program. As unlicensed persons, high school students must abide by the guidelines established for unlicensed persons. High school students should be referred to as "student aides."

Oklahoma

 526.2. "'Apprentice athletic trainer' means a person who assists in the duties usually performed by an athletic trainer under the direct supervision of a licensed athletic trainer;"

Rhode Island

5-60-10.12 "Clinical experience (1800 hours) over a minimum of a two-year period."

South Carolina

61-96 "c. Have earned a four-year college degree with appropriate academic courses and have completed two (2) years working under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer. Appropriate academic courses shall mean courses which meet the requirements for taking the NATA certification examination."

South Dakota

20:63:01:01.5 "'Board-approved internship," a period of time spend developing competence in athletic training skills under the direct supervision of a licensed athletic trainer."

Tennessee

63-24-103 (a) No person shall represent themselves or claim to be an athletic trainer or perform, for compensation, any of the activities of an athletic trainer as defined in this chapter without first obtaining a license under this chapter.

63-24-103 (b) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prevent any person from serving as a student-trainer, or any similar position if such service is not primarily for compensation and is carried out under the supervision of an athletic trainer duly licensed as defined in this chapter and a physician licensed under this title. Such supervision will be provided under the guidelines of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Board of Certification, Inc., and/or approved by the board.

Texas

313.6 "Student Trainer Activities. A student trainer may perform the activities of an athletic trainer only under the following circumstances:
(1) A student shall be considered to be performing the activities of an athletic trainer under the Texas Civil Statutes and not in violation of the act if the student is performing the activities:
(A) As part of the apprenticeship hours described in 313.5 this title or;
(B) As follows:
(i) The student's supervising college or university licensed athletic trainer has approved, referred, sent, or directed the student to a setting other than with the student's school's intercollegiate athlete's;
(ii) The setting is with another college or university, a high school, a professional athletic team, or a health care clinic; and
(iii) The student is directly supervised by in the setting by a licensed athletic trainer. 

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