Legislature Acts to Require Licensing of Athletic Trainers
Thompson’s HB160 would bring standards and oversight to the field
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, Juneau, Alaska – The 28th Alaska Legislature today passed a bill by Rep. Steve Thompson to put in place a system to license and regulate athletic trainers. House Bill 160 directs the Alaska Dept. of Commerce, Community and Economic Development to start the process of bringing those practitioners in line with similar processes for other professional medical services providers.
“Athletic trainers are a critical part of keeping Alaskans safe and healthy, especially our children as they participate in sports and exercise around the state," Thompson said. "With athletic trainers finally being able be licensed they will now be recognized as medical service providers - an important distinction in the health care community."
Alaska is only one of two states left in the nation that doesn’t recognize athletic trainers as health care providers, or require licensing and professional standards.
The bill directs the DCCED to bring athletic trainers under the auspices of the Division of Professional Licensing, and directs it to provide for a system with minimum standards for licensing, minimum standards of care for practice and continuing education requirements.
HB 160, which passed the House April 14, now goes to the Governor for signature.