WSR 16-04-054
[Filed January 28, 2016, 10:00 a.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 14-04-047.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 246-916-020 Approved educational programs for athletic trainers, the proposed rule amendments allow graduates of accredited athletic training educational programs outside of the United States to meet athletic trainer licensure requirements.
Hearing Location(s): Department of Health, Town Center Two, Room 145, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, on March 15, 2016, at 9:30 a.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: March 29, 2016.
Submit Written Comments to: Janette Benham, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504-7852, e-mail, fax (360) 236-2901, by March 15, 2016.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Janette Benham by March 8, 2016, TTY (800) 833-6388 or 711.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The department of health is proposing amendments that allow graduates of accredited athletic training programs outside of the United States to meet licensure requirements.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: The proposed amendments will reduce barriers to licensure for graduates of accredited programs located in other countries. The current rule unintentionally prohibits graduates of accredited athletic training programs in other countries from obtaining licensure in Washington.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.250.020 and 18.250.060.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 18.250.060.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Department of health, athletic training program, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation, and Enforcement: Janette Benham, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, (360) 236-4857.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The proposed rule would not impose more than minor costs on businesses in the industry.
A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Janette Benham, P.O. Box 45711, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 236-4857, fax (360) 236-2901, e-mail
January 28, 2016
John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 08-11-060, filed 5/16/08, effective 7/1/08)
WAC 246-916-020 Approved educational programs.
The secretary ((recognizes and)) approves ((these educational programs:
(1) Courses of instruction conducted by schools that have obtained accreditation of the program in athletic training from the commission on accreditation of athletic training education (CAATE) or its predecessor or successor organization as approved by the secretary; or)):
(1) Any accredited educational program approved by the board of certification for the athletic trainer (BOC) as meeting the requirements to sit for the certification examination; or
(2) Completion of a bachelors or advanced degree attained prior to January 1, 2004, including at a minimum:
(a) Course work in:
(i) Health, such as, nutrition, drugs/substance abuse, health education, personal health and wellness or a course in pathology or pathophysiology or pharmacology is considered an acceptable substitution;
(ii) Human anatomy;
(iii) Kinesiology/biomechanics;
(iv) Human physiology;
(v) Physiology of exercise;
(vi) Basic and advanced athletic training; and
(b) Completion of an internship with a minimum of 1,500 practical hours under direct supervision of ((a National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) certified athletic trainer)) an athletic trainer certified by the BOC.