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Chapter 4755-43 | Licensing, Examination, and Education

 
 
 
Rule
Rule 4755-43-01 | Applications for licensure.
 

(A) All applications for licensure as an athletic trainer shall be submitted to the athletic trainers section in the manner specified by the section. All applications, statements, and other documents so submitted shall be retained by the section.

(B) Applications shall be:

(1) Submitted electronically via the Ohio eLicense system;

(2) Electronically signed via the Ohio eLicense system;

(3) Accompanied by the fee prescribed by rule 4755-47-04 of the Administrative Code; and

(4) Accompanied by such evidence, statements, or other documents as specified on the application.

(C) For the purposes of filing an electronic application via the Ohio eLicense system, the applicant will create a "UserID" and password. The use of the "UserID" and password is solely the responsibility of the person to whom it is issued. The "UserID" and password shall constitute the legally recognized signature for the purposes of this rule and may not be transferred, distributed, or shared with any other person.

(D) Any application received in accordance with this rule that remains incomplete one year after the initial application filing shall be considered to be abandoned and no further processing shall be undertaken with respect to that application.

(1) If the application process extends for a period longer than one year, the board may require updated information as it deems necessary.

(2) No application for licensure may be withdrawn without approval of the board.

(3) Submitted fees shall be neither refundable nor transferable.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4755.61
Amplifies: 4755.61, 4755.62
Five Year Review Date: 7/1/2024
Prior Effective Dates: 7/8/1991
Rule 4755-43-02 | Examination requirements.
 

(A) An applicant shall satisfy the examination requirements for an Ohio athletic training license by completing both of the following requirements:

(1) Verification from the national athletic trainers' association board of certification, inc. (BOC) or its successor that the applicant passed their certification exam; and

(2) Achievement of a score of at least ninety percent on the Ohio athletic trainers jurisprudence examination.

(B) The BOC examination may be waived for any person who was certified as an athletic trainer by the national athletic trainers association prior to June 28, 1990. However, pursuant to paragraph (A)(2) of this rule, each applicant must achieve a minimum passing score on the Ohio jurisprudence examination.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4755.61
Amplifies: 4755.61, 4755.62
Five Year Review Date: 7/1/2024
Prior Effective Dates: 5/1/2008
Rule 4755-43-04 | Education.
 

(A) The educational requirements described in divisions (C)(4) and (C)(5) of section 4755.62 of the Revised Code shall be:

(1) Completion of a professional (entry-level) education program accredited by the commission on accreditation of athletic training education or its successor; or

(2) A program of education, training and experience with which the national athletic trainers' association board of certification, inc. (BOC), or its successor has a formal arrangement.

(B) The section may waive the educational requirements specified in paragraph (A) of this rule on the basis of job experience if all of the following conditions are met:

(1) The applicant passed the examination specified in paragraph (A)(1) of rule 4755-43-02 of the Administrative Code.

(2) The applicant for licensure engaged in the active practice of athletic training as a licensed athletic trainer in another state, or if the experience occurred in a state not requiring licensure, as an athletic trainer certified by the BOC, for a period of no less than five years immediately proceeding the date the application is submitted.

(3) The applicant's licensure and/or certification are active and without restriction.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4755.61
Amplifies: 4755.61 , 4755.62
Five Year Review Date: 7/1/2024
Prior Effective Dates: 7/8/1991, 5/1/2013
Rule 4755-43-06 | Reinstatement of licensure.
 

(A) Pursuant to rule 4755-43-08 of the Administrative Code, the athletic training license of an individual who fails to comply with the renewal requirements shall automatically expire on the thirtieth day of September of the appropriate year.

(B) All applicants for reinstatement shall submit a completed application on the forms specified by the section. All applications shall:

(1) Be submitted electronically via the e-license system;

(2) Be electronically signed via the e-license system;

(3) Contain the fee prescribed by rule 4755-47-05 of the Administrative Code;

(4) Contain proof that the applicant met the appropriate continuing education requirement:

(a) For reinstatement applications submitted on or after November first of the year in which the applicant's license expired, the applicant shall complete twenty-five contact hours of continuing education in accordance with rule 4755-45-01 of the Administrative Code within the two year period immediately preceding the application for reinstatement. Contact hours used to meet the requirements of this paragraph shall not be used to renew the reinstated license; or

(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (B)(4)(a) of this rule, for reinstatement applications submitted before November first of the year in which the applicant's license expired, the applicant shall complete the number of contact hours of continuing education that were required to renew the expired license. All contact hours used to reinstate the license shall be earned in accordance with rule 4755-45-01 of the Administrative Code. Contact hours used to meet the requirements of this paragraph shall not be used to renew the reinstated license.

(5) Contain proof that the applicant holds current certification by the national athletic trainers' association board of certification, inc. (BOC) if the reinstatement application is submitted on or after December first of the year in which the applicant's license expired.

(6) Be accompanied by such evidence, statements, or documents as specified on the application.

(C) In addition to the information required in paragraph (B) of this rule, the athletic trainers section may also require:

(1) Appearance before the section for a reinstatement interview.

(2) Taking or retaking the laws and rules examination.

(3) Taking or retaking the examination specified in rule 4755-43-02 of the Administrative Code.

(D) The athletic trainers section may reinstate a license and may waive payment of late fees for reinstatement when the section determines that a licensee demonstrates good cause why the licensee was unable to submit the renewal fee by the prescribed renewal date. In no instance shall the normal renewal fee be waived.

(E) For the purposes of filing an electronic reinstatement application via the e-license system, the applicant will create a "UserID" and password. The use of the "UserID" and password is solely the responsibility of the person to whom it is issued. The "UserID" and password shall constitute the legally recognized signature for the purposes of this rule and may not be transferred, distributed, or shared with any other person.

(F) Any application received in accordance with this rule that remains incomplete one year after the initial application filing shall be considered to be abandoned and no further processing shall be undertaken with respect to that application.

(1) If the application process extends for a period longer than one year, the board may require updated information as it deems necessary.

(2) No application for licensure may be withdrawn without approval of the board.

(3) Submitted fees shall be neither refundable nor transferable.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4755.61
Amplifies: 4755.61 , 4755.63
Five Year Review Date: 7/1/2024
Prior Effective Dates: 5/1/2005
Rule 4755-43-07 | Criminal records checks.
 

(A) In addition to the requirements established in rules 4755-43-01 to 4755-43-04 of the Administrative Code, all applicants for initial licensure as an athletic trainer shall submit to a criminal records check completed by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation in accordance with sections 4755.61 and 4755.70 of the Revised Code. The results of the criminal records check shall be received by the board prior to the issuance of a license to practice as an athletic trainer.

(B) An applicant requesting a criminal records check shall provide the bureau of criminal identification and investigation with the applicant's name, address, and any other information required by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation for the purpose of completing the criminal records checks. The applicant shall cause the results of the criminal records check to be forwarded to the Ohio occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic trainers board at "77 South High Street, 16th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108."

(C) In the request, the applicant shall ask the superintendent of the bureau of criminal identification and investigation to obtain from the federal bureau of investigation any information it has pertaining to the applicant.

(D) The athletic trainers section will only accept the results of a criminal records check that is submitted to the board directly by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation in compliance with this rule.

(E) A criminal records check will not be required if the applicant has caused the results of a criminal records check to be filed with the board in accordance with the requirements of this rule within six months of the date that the board received the results of the criminal records check. A new criminal records check will be required if the applicant's criminal records check on file with the board is greater than six months old based on the date the board received the report.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4755.61, 4776.03
Amplifies: 4755.70
Five Year Review Date: 7/1/2024
Prior Effective Dates: 5/1/2008
Rule 4755-43-08 | Biennial renewal of license.
 

(A) Renewal of an athletic trainer license shall be in accordance with section 4755.63 of the Revised Code.

(1) The renewal notice shall be sent to the e-mail address on file with the board.

(2) The entire licensure renewal application, including any required forms, compliance with the continuing education requirement specified in rule 4755-45-01 of the Administrative Code, and payment of the renewal fee prescribed by rule 4755-47-06 of the Administrative Code, shall be completed to satisfy the requirements of the renewal procedure.

(B) All persons licensed as an athletic trainer shall renew their license by the thirtieth day of September in each even-numbered year. When a license to practice as an athletic trainer is issued by the board on or after June first of an even-numbered year, that license shall be valid through the thirtieth day of September of the next even-numbered year.

(C) Persons who fail to submit the renewal fee, completed application, any other required forms, and/or comply with the continuing education requirement specified in rule 4755-45-01 of the Administrative Code by the thirtieth day of September of the appropriate year shall have their license automatically expire.

(1) A license holder whose license expires for failure to renew shall submit a reinstatement application in accordance with rule 4755-43-06 of the Administrative Code. The athletic trainers section shall approve the reinstatement application before the person may legally practice athletic training in Ohio.

(2) A license holder who continues to practice athletic training with an expired license shall be subject to disciplinary action pursuant to section 4755.64 of the Revised Code.

(D) For the purposes of filing an electronic renewal application via the Ohio eLicense system, the applicant shall create a "UserID" and password. The use of the "UserID" and password is solely the responsibility of the license holder who created it. The "UserID" and password shall constitute the legally recognized signature for the purposes of this rule and may not be transferred, distributed, or shared with any other person.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4755.61
Amplifies: 4755.63
Five Year Review Date: 7/1/2024
Prior Effective Dates: 6/6/1996
Rule 4755-43-09 | Verification of licensure.
 

(A) The athletic trainers section shall officially verify to another regulatory entity the status of an person's license to practice athletic training in the state of Ohio upon:

(1) Receipt of a request via Ohio eLicense or its successor electronic licensing system from a license holder; and

(2) Payment of the license verification fee specified in rule 4755-47-02 of the Administrative Code.

(B) Official verification issued by the board shall include, but not be limited to:

(1) The license number and status of the license;

(2) Any disciplinary action taken against the license; and

(3) The initial issue date and expiration date of the license.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4755.61
Amplifies: 4755.61
Five Year Review Date: 7/1/2024
Prior Effective Dates: 5/1/2005
Rule 4755-43-10 | Reinstatement or reconsideration of denied/revoked license.
 

(A) A person whose license is revoked or denied under the provisions of section 4755.64 of the Revised Code may, after one year from the date of revocation or denial, apply for reinstatement of the license or reconsideration of the denial of the license subject to examination prescribed by the rules of the section.

(B) In evaluating an application for reinstatement of a license or reconsideration of denial of a license, the athletic trainers section shall consider the following:

(1) The nature and severity of the acts that resulted in revocation or denial of license;

(2) The time elapsed since the commission of the acts;

(3) Possible additional violations occurring after the revocation or denial;

(4) Compliance with previous orders of the athletic trainers section; and

(5) Any evidence of rehabilitation that the applicant may submit to the section.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4755.61
Amplifies: 4755.61, 4755.62, 4755.64
Five Year Review Date: 4/1/2024
Rule 4755-43-11 | Approval of an event.
 

(A) Pursuant to division (A)(4) of section 4755.65 of the Revised Code, an organizer of an event at which athletic trainers not licensed in Ohio will be performing athletic training services, as defined in section 4755.60 of the Revised Code, shall apply to the athletic trainers section to have the event approved.

(B) The event organizer or medical director shall:

(1) Submit a written request for approval no later than sixty days prior to the date of the event; and

(2) Submit to the athletic trainers section a list of all athletic trainers not licensed in Ohio who will be providing athletic training services at the event. The list shall contain the license number of a current, valid non-Ohio athletic training license. If the person is from a state where athletic trainers are not regulated, the list shall contain the current, valid certification number issued by the national athletic trainers' association board of certification, inc. (BOC).

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4755.61
Amplifies: 4755.65
Five Year Review Date: 7/1/2024
Prior Effective Dates: 5/1/2008
Rule 4755-43-12 | Military provisions related to licensure.
 

(A) Definitions.

(1) "Armed forces" means:

(a) The armed forces of the United States, including the army, navy, air force, marine corps, and coast guard;

(b) A reserve component of the armed forces listed in paragraph (A)(1)(a) of this rule;

(c) The national guard, including the Ohio national guard or the national guard of any other state;

(d) The commissioned corps of the United States public health service;

(e) The merchant marine service during wartime; or

(f) The Ohio organized militia when engaged in full-time national guard duty for a period of more than thirty days.

(2) "Member" means any person who is serving in the armed forces.

(3) "Military duty" includes service in the uniformed services on active duty, in the active guard and reserve, and as a military technician dual status under 10 U.S.C. 10216.

(4) "Veteran" means any person who has completed service in the armed forces, who has been discharged under honorable conditions or who has been transferred to the reserve with evidence of satisfactory service.

(B) Temporary military licensure when the eligible person has a license in another state.

(1) In accordance with section 4743.041 of the Revised Code, a person who presents the following qualifications is eligible for a temporary military license to practice as an athletic trainer in Ohio.

(a) The person holds a valid license to practice as an athletic trainer issued by another state;

(b) The person is in good standing in all states of licensure;

(c) The person presents adequate proof to the athletic trainers section that the person or the person's spouse is on military duty in the state of Ohio; and

(d) The person complies with the criminal records check requirements in section 4755.70 of the Revised Code. The results of the criminal records check must be received by the board prior to the issuance of a military license to practice as an athletic trainer.

(2) The athletic trainers section must abide by the timelines set forth in division (D) of section 4743.041 of the Revised Code in granting a temporary military license.

(3) An application for a temporary military license must include the following:

(a) Proof of either of the following:

(i) That the applicant is on military duty and is stationed in Ohio; or

(ii) That the applicant is married to a person on military duty who is stationed in Ohio.

(b) Proof that the applicant holds a valid unrestricted license to practice as an athletic trainer in another state;

(c) Attestation that the applicant has complied with the criminal records check in section 4755.70 of the Revised Code; and

(d) Attestation that the applicant is aware that the license will be revoked in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code if:

(i) The person's licensed issued by another state expires or is revoked, or the person is not in good standing;

(ii) For a person who is a military spouse, six months have elapsed since the divorce, dissolution, or annulment of the marriage to a person on military duty;

(iii) The person is disqualified from obtaining a license because of a conviction, judicial finding of guilt, or plea of guilty to a disqualifying criminal offense specified on the list the board has made available pursuant to division (C) of section 9.78 of the Revised Code.

(4) A temporary military license must expire six years after the date of issuance. A person may apply for a non-military license by endorsement while the temporary military license is active.

(5) The athletic trainers section must waive all fees associated with a temporary military license.

(6) A person holding a temporary military license must practice within the scope of practice for athletic training for the state of Ohio and may not exceed the person's education or training.

(C) Military programs of training which may be accepted for members of the military who do not have an out of state license.

In accordance with section 5903.03 of the Revised Code, a veteran or member of the armed forces may submit documentation for the board's consideration to demonstrate that the applicant's military education, training, and/or service is substantially equivalent to the educational and experience requirements for licensure as an athletic trainer.

(D) License renewal for active members of the military.

(1) In accordance with section 5903.10 of the Revised Code, a license holder whose license expired due to the license holder's service in the armed forces is eligible for renewal of the expired license in accordance with section 4755.63 of the Revised Code and rules 4755-43-08 and 4755-47-06 of the Administrative Code, if the following conditions are met:

(a) The license holder presents the board with satisfactory evidence that, not more than six months prior to the date the evidence is submitted to the board, the license holder was honorably discharged or separated under honorable conditions;

(b) The license holder is not suffering a mental or physical illness, including physical deterioration that adversely affects cognitive, motor, or perception skills, that affect the license holder's ability to practice according to acceptable and prevailing standards of care; and

(c) The license holder meets the requirements for license renewal required by section 4755.63 of the Revised Code and rules 4755-43-08 and 4755-47-06 of the Administrative Code.

(2) The provisions of paragraph (D) of this rule also apply if the license holder's spouse served in the armed forces and the spouse's service resulted in the license holder's absence from this state.

(E) Continuing education for active members of the military.

(1) In accordance with section 5903.12 of the Revised Code, the provisions of this paragraph apply to a license holder who has been a member of the armed forces who has served on active duty for a period in excess of thirty-one days.

(2) A license holder who meets the provisions contained in paragraph (E)(1) of this rule may submit an application to the Board requesting an extension of the current continuing education reporting period.

(a) The license holder must submit proper documentation certifying the active duty service and the length of that active duty service.

(b) Upon receiving the application and proper documentation, the board must extend the current continuing education reporting period by an amount of time equal to the total number of months that the license holder spent on active duty during the current continuing education reporting period. Any portion of a month served must be considered one full month.

(F) Determining fulfillment of continuing education for active members of the military.

(1) In accordance with section 5903.121 of the Revised Code, the board must consider relevant education, training, or service completed by a license holder as a member of the armed forces in determining whether a license holder has met the continuing education requirements needed to renew the license.

(2) For the board to consider relevant education, training, or service completed by the license holder in accordance with paragraph (F) of this rule, the license holder must submit a request for consideration and documentation of the education, training, or service to the board at least ninety days prior to the expiration of the license.

(G) The application fee must be waived for an applicant who is a current member of the armed forces for the following application types:

(1) Initial licensure by examination, outlined in rule 4755-47-04 of the Administrative Code;

(2) Initial licensure by endorsement, outlined in rule 4755-47-04 of the Administrative Code; and

(3) Reinstatement of an expired license, outlined in rule 4755-47-05 of the Administrative Code.

(H) Application process.

(1) The board's applications must include a question to identify if the applicant is a member of the armed forces, a veteran, or a spouse or surviving spouse of a member of the armed forces or veteran. This status must be stored in the licensing system.

(2) When the board receives an application from an person identified in paragraph (H)(1) of this rule, the processing of that application must be prioritized, with a goal of ensuring that a license is issued the same day that the application is complete.

Last updated April 8, 2021 at 12:20 PM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4743.041, 5903.03, 5903.04,
Amplifies: 4743.041, 5903.121, 5903.12 , 5903.10, 5903.03, 5903.04,
Five Year Review Date: 10/1/2025
Prior Effective Dates: 5/1/2014, 7/15/2019
Rule 4755-43-13 | Youth sports concussion and head injury assessment and clearance.
 

(A) For purposes of this rule:

(1) "Berlin Guidelines" means the consensus statement on concussion in sport: the fifth international conference on concussion in sport held in Berlin, October 2016" (available on the OTPTAT board website http://otptat.ohio.gov).

(2) "Interscholastic athletics" means an interscholastic extracurricular activity that a school or school district sponsors or participates in that includes participants from more than one school or school district.

(3) "Physician" means an individual authorized under Chapter 4731. of the Revised Code to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery.

(4) "Youth" means an individual between the ages of four and nineteen who participated in a youth sports organization or interscholastic athletics and was removed from practice of competition under division (D) of section 3313.539 of the Revised Code or division (D) of section 3707.511 of the Revised Code, based on exhibiting signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with having sustained a concussion or head injury while participating in practice or competition.

(5) "Youth sports organization" has the same meaning as in section 3707.51 of the Revised Code and means a public or nonpublic entity that organizes an athletic activity in which the athletes are not more than nineteen years of age and are required to pay a fee to participate in the athletic activity or whose cost to participate is sponsored by a business or nonprofit organization.

(B) An athletic trainer may assess and clear a youth to return to practice or competition if all of the following requirements are met:

(1) Pursuant to sections 3313.539 and 3707.511 of the Revised Code, the assessment and clearance is done:

(a) In consultation with a physician;

(b) Pursuant to the referral of a physician;

(c) In collaboration with a physician; or

(d) Under the supervision of a physician.

(2) The athletic trainer has completed education and training in the detection of concussions and/or sports and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries, the clinical features of concussions and/or sports and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries, assessment techniques, and the principles of safe return to play protocols consistent with the Berlin guidelines and/or nationally accepted standards and guidelines consistent with the Berlin guidelines.

(3) The athletic trainer maintains competency through continuing education activities in the detection of concussions and/or sports and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries, the clinical features of concussions and/or sports and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries, assessment techniques, and the principles of safe return to play protocols consistent with the Berlin guidelines and/or nationally accepted standards and guidelines consistent with the Berlin guidelines.

(C) The athletic trainers section recommends that athletic trainers who assess and clear a youth to return to practice or competition in accordance with this rule do both of the following:

(1) Ensure that a portion of the required twenty-five contact hours of continuing education focus on the items listed in paragraphs (B)(2) and (B)(3) of this rule.

(2) Use the medical clearance to return to play after suspected concussion form located on the OTPTAT board website (http://otptat.ohio.gov).

Last updated June 7, 2021 at 10:56 AM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 3707.521
Amplifies: 3707.511, 3707.52
Five Year Review Date: 6/1/2026
Prior Effective Dates: 5/1/2016