2002-S 2472
Enacted 06/25/2002

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Introduced By: Senator Leo R. Blais


Date Introduced: January 31, 2002

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:

SECTION 1. Sections 5-60-5, 5-60-10, 5-60-11, 5-60-12 and 5-60-13 of the General Laws in Chapter 5-60 entitled "Athletic Trainers" are hereby amended to read as follows:

5-60-5. Board -- Powers and duties. -- The Subject to the approval of the director, the board has the powers and duties to:

(1) Make rules and regulations consistent with this chapter which are necessary for the performance of its duties.

(2) Prescribe application forms for license applicants.

(3) Establish guidelines for athletic trainers in the state and prepare and conduct an examination for applicants for a license.

(4) Keep a complete record of all licensed athletic trainers and prepare annually a roster showing the names and addresses of all licensed athletic trainers, and make available a copy of the roster to any person requesting it on payment of a fee established by the department, sufficient to cover the costs of the roster.

(5) Keep a permanent record of all proceedings under this chapter.

(6) Adopt an official seal and forms of a license certificate of suitable design and issue Issue licenses to qualified applicants.

(7) Conduct hearings to deny, revoke, suspend, or refuse renewal of licenses under this chapter, and issue subpoenas to compel witnesses to testify or produce evidence at the hearings.

5-60-10. Qualifications of athletic trainers. -- (a) An applicant for an athletic trainer license must possess one of the following qualifications:

(1) Give proof of graduation from an accredited college or university and have met the following minimum athletic training curriculum requirements established by the board, by completing the following specific course requirements:

(i) Human anatomy;

(ii) Human physiology;

(iii) Physiology of exercise;

(iv) Applied anatomy and kinesiology;

(v) Psychology (2 courses);

(vi) First aid and CPR;

(vii) Nutrition;

(viii) Remedial exercise;

(ix) Personal, community, and school health;

(x) Techniques of athletic training;

(xi) Advanced techniques of athletic training; and

(xii) Clinical experience in accordance with national standards and as approved by the director.

(2) Show proof acceptable to the board of education and experience of equal caliber to that specified in subdivision (1) of this section.

(3) Have passed the required examination, approved by the department.

(b) On and after January 1, 2004, an applicant for initial licensure shall be required to demonstrate:

(1) Proof of graduation from an accredited college or university and have met minimum athletic training requirements as established by department regulation; and

(2) Proof of having passed the required examination, approved by the department, and been certified by the national certifying body recognized by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).

5-60-11. Fees. -- The fees for applicants for athletic trainer licenses are:

(1) An athletic trainer examination fee of eighteen dollars and seventy-five cents ($18.75);

(2) An athletic trainer license fee of sixty-two dollars and fifty cents ($62.50); and

(3) An athletic trainer biennial license renewal fee of sixty-two dollars and fifty cents ($62.50). Any person allowing their license to lapse pays a twenty-five dollar ($25.00) late fee.

5-60-12. Applications for licenses. -- (a) An applicant for an athletic trainer license must submit an application to the department on the prescribed forms and submit the examination fee listed in section 5-60-11.

(b) The applicant is entitled to an athletic trainer license if he or she possesses the qualifications enumerated in section 5-60-10, satisfactorily completes the examination administered by the department, pays the license fee established in section 5-60-11 and has not committed an act which constitutes grounds for denial of a license under section 5-60-14.

5-60-13. Expiration and renewal of licenses. -- A license issued under this chapter expires on the thirtieth day of June of every odd-numbered year. Licenses are renewed according to procedures established by the department and upon payment of the renewal fees established in section 5-60-11. Beginning with the renewal application due July 1, 2003 and every renewal year thereafter, each licensed athletic trainer who wishes to continue licensure as an athletic trainer shall present satisfactory evidence to the board that he or she has completed the continuing education requirements established by the board through regulation.

SECTION 2. Section 5-60-8 of the General Laws in Chapter 5-60 entitled "Athletic Trainers" is hereby repealed.

5-60-8. Exercise of board's powers by department. -- None of the powers or duties contained in section 5-60-5 may be exercised by the department, except with the approval, in writing, of a majority of the board.

SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon passage.

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