Oh boy, who wouldn’t love to work as an athletic trainer in Hawaii? Beautiful beaches and helping athletes perform at their best? Is that heaven or what? Athletic trainers in The Aloha State earn some of the highest AT salaries in the nation, an average of $47,800, with the potential to earn nearly $60,000 each year. . The Hawaii athletic training community is very small and close knit. Hawaii’s Athletic Trainer’s Association boasts a membership of just under 200 athletic trainers, however, the group is extremely active across the island and involved in youth sports and concussion education. There are over 20 hospitals, 5 college athletic programs, and countless youth sports teams where athletic trainers work and practice in Hawaii, and Hawaii state law mandates that an athletic trainer work with young athletes at every high school in the state. Here’s how you can join the athletic training community in Hawaii and work as an athletic trainer on America’s island paradise.
The educational requirements for athletic trainers in Hawaii closely adhere to the educational requirements set forth by the Board of Certification, Inc. for athletic trainers across the nation. The BOC requires that all athletic trainers graduate from a college program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The CAATE accredits undergraduate, graduate, and graduate residency athletic training educational programs across the U.S. The challenge for aspiring athletic trainers in Hawaii is that there are only 2 CAATE-accredited programs on the island, and both of those programs are at the graduate level. Therefore, unless you already have an undergraduate degree and are seeking a second degree, you must travel off of the island to earn a baccalaureate degree from a CAATE-accredited athletic training program. There are other schools on the island that offer undergraduate degrees in athletic training, but they are not CAATE-approved. For national certification requirements and job prospects, it’s absolutely important to earn your degree from a CAATE recognized program. Failure to earn a degree from a program that the CAATE accredits will severely limit your ability to work as a registered/licensed athletic trainer in Hawaii and most other states.
Athletic Trainer Registration Exam Requirements
To work as a registered athletic trainer in Hawaii, state law requires that all ATs take and pass the national certifying exam administered by the BOC. The only people who can take the BOC exam are aspiring athletic trainers who graduated from a CAATE-accredited athletic training program. This is why it’s important to enroll in a CAATE-approved curriculum; otherwise, you won’t be able to take the BOC exam and will subsequently be ineligible to apply for registration in Hawaii.
Emergency Cardiac Care Requirements
Unlike other states, athletic trainers are only required to apply for registration as opposed to a license to practice in Hawaii. However, registration for Hawaii athletic trainers includes being BOC certified. To become BOC certified, you not only have to take and earn a passing score on the BOC exam, but you must also submit your college transcripts and a copy of your emergency cardiac care card to the BOC credentialing services. Since athletic trainers are medical professionals, it’s only natural to expect them to administer emergency medical care to athletes and patients in their care. With the uptick of concussion injuries and cardiac arrests incidents for young and professional athletes on the field, emergency cardiac care (ECC) experience can save lives.
Now the ECC is not required to take the BOC exam, but you must earn your ECC credentials to complete the BOC certification process. You can take your ECC course with providers like the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association, but whichever provider you choose, the ECC course you take must adhere to the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiac Care international guidelines.
Athletic Trainer Registration Renewal Requirements
Once you become a registered athletic trainer in Hawaii, your registration is good for three years, and you must renew your registration by June 30th of every triennially. To renew your registration, you must maintain your BOC certification. Failure to maintain BOC certification will result in the immediate suspension of your Hawaii athletic trainer’s registration.
To maintain BOC certification, you must keep your ECC credentials current and up-to-date each year, and you must complete at least 25 hours of continuing education courses each year or 75 hours by your three-year registration renewal date.. The continuing education courses you complete must be BOC-approved, and at least 5 of the continuing education hours you earn must be from evidence based programs (EBP). EBP courses place great emphasis on incorporating clinical research and scientific evidence to prove the effectiveness of traditional athletic training methods. EBP courses aim to continually challenge athletic trainers to improve the care they administer to athletes and patients. The remaining continuing education hours you earn can come from a range of live events, such as seminars and conferences, home study courses, writing and speaking opportunities, and other possible activities.