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RULE §871.12Continuing Education Requirements

(a) The purpose of this section is to establish the continuing education requirements a licensee shall meet to maintain licensure. The requirements are intended to maintain and improve the quality of services provided to the public by licensed athletic trainers. Continuing education experiences are programs beyond the basic education required to obtain licensure which are designed to promote and enrich knowledge, improve skills, and develop attitudes for the enhancement of the practices of licensed athletic trainers, thus improving athletic training care to the public.

(b) Hours required for continuing education. A licensee must complete 20 clock-hours of continuing education during each two-year period. The continuing education must include 2 clock-hours of training in concussion management. In addition to the 20 clock-hours of continuing education, a licensee must also successfully complete a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques course and an automated external defibrillation course during each two-year period. The two-year period begins on the first day following the license issuance month and ends upon the expiration date of the license.

(c) Continuing education credit undertaken by a licensee for renewal shall be acceptable if the experience falls in one or more of the following categories:

  (1) academic courses at a regionally accredited college or university related to sports medicine;

  (2) clinical courses related to athletic training and/or sports medicine;

  (3) in-service educational programs, training programs, institutes, seminars, workshops and conferences in sports medicine or athletic training;

  (4) instructing or presenting education programs or activities without compensation at an academic course, in-service educational programs, training programs, institutes, seminars, workshops and conferences in athletic training or sports medicine not to exceed five clock-hours each continuing education period;

  (5) publishing a book or an article in a peer review journal relating to athletic training or sports medicine not to exceed five clock-hours each continuing education period;

  (6) serving as a skills examiner at the state licensure examination not to exceed one clock-hour of continuing education credit for each examination date for a maximum of four clock-hours of credit each continuing education period; or

  (7) successful completion of a self-study program in athletic training or sports medicine, not to exceed eight clock-hours each continuing education period.

(d) Continuing education experience shall be credited as follows.

  (1) Completion of course work at or through an accredited college or university shall be credited for each semester hour on the basis of two clock-hours of credit for each semester hour successfully completed for credit or audit as evidenced by a certificate of successful completion or official transcript.

  (2) Parts of programs which meet the criteria of subsection (c)(2) or (3) of this section shall be credited on a one-for-one basis with one clock-hour of credit for each clock-hour spent in the continuing education experience.

  (3) A clock-hour shall be 50 minutes of attendance and participation in an acceptable continuing education experience.

  (4) Successful completion of courses described in subsection (c)(7) of this section is evidenced by a certificate of completion presented by the sponsoring organization of the self-study program.

  (5) Approval by the continuing education committee must be obtained for each continuing education program as described in subsection (c) of this section, unless continuing education credit is granted by a national, regional or state health care professional association.

  (6) Successful completion of courses related to athletic training and/or sports medicine as described in subsection (c)(2) and (3) of this section is evidenced by a certificate of completion or attendance that is issued by the sponsoring organization of the course.

(e) Requests for approval of continuing education experience should address the following criteria:

  (1) relevance of the subject matter to increase or support the development of skill and competence in athletic training;

  (2) objectives of specific information or skill to be learned;

  (3) subject matter, educational methods, materials, and facilities utilized, including the frequency and duration of sessions and the adequacy to implement learner objectives; and

  (4) sponsorship and leadership of programs; including the name of the sponsoring individual(s) or organization(s), and program leaders or faculty if different from sponsors and contact person.

(f) The board shall employ an audit system for continuing education reporting. The licensee shall be responsible for maintaining a record of his or her continuing education experiences. The certificates, diplomas, or other documentation verifying earning of continuing education hours are not to be forwarded to the board at the time of renewal unless the licensee has been selected for audit.

(g) The audit process shall be as follows.

  (1) The department shall select for audit a random sample of licensees for each renewal month. Licensees will be notified of the continuing education audit when they receive their renewal documentation.

  (2) All licensees selected for audit will furnish documentation such as official transcripts, certificates, diplomas, an affidavit identifying the continuing education experience satisfactory to the board, or any other documentation requested by the board to verify having earned the required continuing education hours. The documentation must be provided to the department with the renewal form and payment.

  (3) Failure to timely furnish this information or knowingly providing false information during the audit process or the renewal process are grounds for disciplinary action against the licensee.

(h) A licensee who has failed to complete the requirements for continuing education may be granted a 180-day extension to the continuing education period.

  (1) The request for an extension of the continuing education period must be made in writing.

  (2) The subsequent continuing education period shall end two years from the date the previous continuing education period expired or upon the expiration of the license, not the date of the end of the extension period.

  (3) Credit earned during the extension period may only be applied to the previous continuing education period.

  (4) A license may be renewed upon completion of the required continuing education within the given extension period, submission of the license renewal form, and payment of the applicable late renewal fee.

(i) A person who fails to complete continuing education requirements for renewal and fails to request an extension to the continuing education period may not renew the license. The person may obtain a new license by complying with the current requirements and procedures for obtaining a license.

(j) The continuing education committee may not grant continuing education credit to any licensee for:

  (1) education incidental to the regular professional activities of a licensee such as learning occurring from experience or research;

  (2) professional organization activity such as serving on committees or councils or as an officer;

  (3) any continuing education activity completed before or after the period of time described in subsection (b) or (h) of this section; or

  (4) performance of duties that are routine job duties or requirements.

Source Note: The provisions of this §871.12 adopted to be effective October 10, 2004, 29 TexReg 9370; amended to be effective September 8, 2005, 30 TexReg 5368; amended to be effective March 2, 2008, 33 TexReg 1547; amended to be effective June 25, 2013, 38 TexReg 3985

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