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Strategic Alliance Releases Statement: Legal and Ethical Responsibility to Report Unregulated Practice

The leadership of the Strategic Alliance, which includes the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the NATA Research and Education Foundation  and the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC), has concluded that it is necessary to issue a formal statement to remind institutions, employers, Athletic Trainers (ATs) and athletic training students that the practice of athletic training by unregulated  individuals must be reported to the appropriate regulatory authorities.  Just as unregulated practice is unethical and unprofessional, so is the failure to report this practice.  Regulatory mechanisms exist to protect the public and to ensure safe and effective athletic training practice. ATs have both a legal and ethical responsibility to protect the public from those who engage in the practice of athletic training without a proper authorization from a state regulatory agency. 

Revised Post-Professional Degree Standards Released!

The 2014 Standards for Accreditation of Post- Professional Athletic Training Degree Programs (2014 Post-Professional Degree Standards) are now available for download.  The 2014 Post-Professional Degree Standards were approved unanimously by the Commission during the August 16-17, 2013 meeting.  The 2014 Post-Professional Degree Standards will be in effect July 1, 2014 and all accredited post-professional degree programs must be in compliance by July 01, 2015.

New Electronic Annual Report Format Produces Highest On-Time Submission

The Annual Report (AR) for Professional Programs using e-Accreditation yielded a 99.5% on-time submission rate.  The electronic AR was released in June. Program administrators submitted several data modules describing their programs.   Student cohort, faculty, clinical site and preceptor modules and six sections of the Annual Report were due on October 15th.  For the first time, programs are able to see their graduate’s first time and overall pass rates on the Board of Certification examination by cohort. A summary is table generated within e-Accreditation with this data.  Program administrators can post this table on the outcomes page of their website.

BOC pass rate table

There were a few technological “hiccups” along the way including some internet time-outs and slow refresh times due to the tremendous traffic during the last few days before the deadline, but overall the feedback received from program administrators was positive. We appreciate the Program Directors’ patience as we worked through these issues.

Over the course of the next several months, the Annual Report Committee (ARC) will be reviewing the reports.  The ARC will bring program reports to the Commission at the February 21-22, 2014 meeting for action.    In addition to the ARC reviewing the individual reports for compliance, the CAATE office staff will be creating aggregate reports across all programs to produce demographic data about our AT programs.

The Annual Report for Post-Professional Programs will be completed outside of e-Accreditation this year (2013), with plans to implement the e-Accreditation system for all reports in 2014.