SB 505 Modifies provisions of the Athletic Trainers Practice Act
Sponsor: Wieland
LR Number: 2297S.01I Fiscal Notes
Committee: Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections
Last Action: 3/10/2015 - Second Read and Referred S Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee Journal Page: S531
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Effective Date: August 28, 2015

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SB 505 - This act modifies the Athletic Trainers Practice Act.

The definition of "athletic trainer" is amended to provide that an athletic trainer is a health care professional who meets statutory licensure requirements and who in collaboration with, or pursuant to direction or prescription from, a physician provides health care services for physically active individuals. The act creates new definitions for "athletic training" and "athletic training student."

An athletic trainer may initiate treatment for a new injury or illness with a prescription from an approved health care provider or a treatment endorsed through a functional protocol by a collaborating or directing physician.

The act provides that the State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts may issue a temporary license to any otherwise qualified athletic trainer as defined by rule. A temporary license may be issued to an athletic trainer who is licensed in another jurisdiction and who has not had disciplinary action taken against such license to practice.

In order to obtain licensure after August 28, 2006, a person must have passed the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification and meet other requirements as established by the Board. Currently, all athletic training licenses expire each year on January 13th. The act provides that licenses shall expire on a schedule established by rule.

The Board may file a complaint with the Administrative Hearing Commission against a licensee who no longer is certified as an athletic trainer by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification.

Currently, a member of the Board is compensated an amount not to exceed seventy-five dollars per day. The act states that board members shall received a compensation amount established by the Board by rule.

The act specifies that athletic trainers are not authorized to prescribe, dispense, or administer controlled substances other than that administered or dispensed upon the direction of a physician or pursuant to existing law regulating the use of epinephrine auto syringe, asthma related rescue medication, and diabetes medications in schools.

Current law specifies that the provisions of law licensing athletic trainers do not apply to certain professions. This act removes from the list of professions dentists and optometrists. Additionally, the act specifies that the licensing provisions do not apply to athletic trainers who hold valid credentials from another nation, state, or territory when performing duties for a team or organization and only during the course of the team's or organization's visit, but not to exceed thirty days in one calendar year.

A person who violates the provisions of the Athletic Trainers Practice Act is guilty of a Class B, rather than Class C, misdemeanor.