With 21 collegiate sports teams, a Navy base, the Coast Guard Academy, and Coast Guard Safety Labs and Research Development centers, athletic trainers have broad and exciting career opportunities in The Nutmeg State. Connecticut’s athletic trainers are very passionate about their young athletes. So much so, Connecticut’s Athletic Trainer’s Association was instrumental in passing Bill HB 5113, a concussion education bill that aims to educate young athletes, parents of young athletes and coaches on the seriousness and proper procedures for dealing with concussion injuries.
Athletic trainers in Connecticut earn an average annual salary of $40, 020. If you wish to join the ranks of these passionate and caring athletic trainers, read on to find out Connecticut’s athletic trainer’s licensing requirements.
Like most states, to work as an athletic trainer in Connecticut, one must graduate from a 4-year university with a baccalaureate degree. However, unlike most states, you can earn your baccalaureate degree in any subject area. The only caveat is that your institution of higher learning and your educational program of choice must be regionally accredited. Connecticut even allows students who graduate from college or university outside of the United States that holds a legal charter to grant postsecondary degrees to apply for an athletic trainer’s license.
These are some of the most lenient educational requirements for aspiring athletic trainer’s in the country. It sounds all fine and dandy, but it’s not quite clear how this will work out. Connecticut requires that all aspiring athletic trainers be BOC-certified, and in order to sit for the BOC exam, one must graduate from an accredited athletic training program.
Emergency Medical Certification
Connecticut’s athletic training licensing requirements does not specify whether licensees must hold any specific emergency medical certifications. However, since the state requires that all athletic trainers be BOC-certified, then athletic trainers must hold certain emergency medical certifications by proxy. In order to maintain BOC certification, athletic trainers must also maintain an ongoing emergency cardiac care (ECC) certification which covers adult CPR, pediatric CPR, and other emergency medical care needs. Failure to keep your ECC training active could result in the loss of your BOC certification and ultimately your license to work as an athletic trainer in Connecticut.
Connecticut requires all athletic trainers to take and pass the BOC exam. Now as mentioned above, you have to graduate with an athletic training degree from a program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, the accrediting body that sets educational standards for all athletic training programs across the United States. It’s puzzling how Connecticut expects people who major in any field of study to take the BOC exam when any degree will not meet the requirements to sit for the exam.
If you have completed your athletic training education, but have yet to take the BOC exam or receive your results from the BOC exam, you can get a temporary permit to work as an athletic trainer in Connecticut. Now you must already have a job lined up to receive a temporary permit, and you must work under the direct supervision of a licensed athletic trainer. Your supervisor must certify that you will be employed under his or her tutelage, and that you will remain under their physical presence at all times during your working hours.
A temporary permit is good for 120 days, and it is a one-time permit, meaning it does not renew. To obtain a temporary permit, simply complete the temporary permit form, attach a copy of your transcript verifying you earned your undergraduate degree, have your application notarized, and pay the application fee. If you have taken the BOC exam in the past and failed to pass, you are not eligible for a temporary permit.
Transferring An Out-of-State Athletic Trainer’s License, Certification or Registration to Connecticut
If you are already licensed, certified or registered as an athletic trainer in another state, the process for transferring your license to Connecticut is fairly straight forward and relatively easy. Simply complete a Verification of Licensure/Certification/Registration form, and submit it to all the states in which you are licensed, registered or certified.
The states in which you currently work will have to answer a few questions about how you were licensed, the status of your license, and whether you’ve ever incurred any type of disciplinary action or if you’re the subject of a pending disciplinary investigation involving your work as an athletic trainer. It is then up to the licensing agency in your current state(s) to return the form to Connecticut’s Department of Public Health for further review.
Note that athletic trainers who are already licensed in another state are not eligible for a temporary permit in Connecticut.
Continuing Education Credits
Connecticut requires that licensed professionals in over 20 health care professions earn continuing education (CE) credits to renew their license, but athletic training is not one of those professions. So as far as the state is concerned, you do not have to complete continuing education hours to maintain your athletic training license. However, as far as the BOC is concerned, you must complete 25 continuing education hours every year to maintain your BOC certification, and since Connecticut requires all athletic trainers to be BOC-certified, then technically Connecticut does have an indirect continuing education requirement for athletic trainers.
BOC allows athletic trainers to earn their continuing education credits a number of ways. You can attend workshops, webinars, and conferences. You can author your own article or you can even take home study courses. As long as the method you choose to earn your continuing education hours is BOC-approved, it most certainly satisfies the CE requirements.