Florida Senate - 2020                                     SB 226
       By Senator Harrell
       25-00482-20                                            2020226__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to athletic trainers; amending s.
    3         468.701, F.S.; revising the definition of the term
    4         “athletic trainer”; amending s. 468.707, F.S.;
    5         revising athletic trainer licensure requirements;
    6         amending s. 468.711, F.S.; revising continuing
    7         education requirements for the renewal of an athletic
    8         trainer license; amending s. 468.723, F.S.; requiring
    9         that the supervision of an athletic training student
   10         meet certain requirements; specifying that certain
   11         provisions do not prohibit emergency care
   12         administration or third-party payor reimbursement;
   13         providing an effective date.
   15  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   17         Section 1. Subsection (1) of section 468.701, Florida
   18  Statutes, is amended to read:
   19         468.701 Definitions.—As used in this part, the term:
   20         (1) “Athletic trainer” means a person licensed under this
   21  part who has met the requirements of under this part, including
   22  education requirements as set forth by the Commission on
   23  Accreditation of Athletic Training Education or its successor
   24  organization and necessary credentials from the Board of
   25  Certification. An athletic trainer shall practice within his or
   26  her scope of practice as established in the rules adopted by the
   27  board. An individual who is licensed as an athletic trainer may
   28  not provide, offer to provide, or represent that he or she is
   29  qualified to provide any care or services beyond his or her
   30  scope of practice, which that he or she lacks the education,
   31  training, or experience to provide, or which that he or she is
   32  otherwise prohibited by law from providing.
   33         Section 2. Section 468.707, Florida Statutes, is amended to
   34  read:
   35         468.707 Licensure requirements.—Any person desiring to be
   36  licensed as an athletic trainer shall apply to the department on
   37  a form approved by the department. An applicant shall also
   38  provide records or other evidence, as determined by the board,
   39  to prove he or she has met the requirements of this section. The
   40  department shall license each applicant who:
   41         (1) Has completed the application form and remitted the
   42  required fees.
   43         (2) For a person who applies on or after July 1, 2016, Has
   44  submitted to background screening pursuant to s. 456.0135. The
   45  board may require a background screening for an applicant whose
   46  license has expired or who is undergoing disciplinary action.
   47         (3)(a) Has obtained, at a minimum, a baccalaureate or
   48  higher degree from a college or university professional athletic
   49  training degree program accredited by the Commission on
   50  Accreditation of Athletic Training Education or its successor
   51  organization recognized and approved by the United States
   52  Department of Education or the Commission on Recognition of
   53  Postsecondary Accreditation, approved by the board, or
   54  recognized by the Board of Certification, and has passed the
   55  national examination to be certified by the Board of
   56  Certification; or.
   57         (b)(4)If graduated before 2004, Has obtained, at a
   58  minimum, a bachelor’s degree, has completed the route of
   59  internship requirements recognized by the Board of
   60  Certification, and has a current certification from the Board of
   61  Certification.
   62         (4)(5) Has current certification in both cardiopulmonary
   63  resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator
   64  set forth in the continuing education requirements as determined
   65  by the board pursuant to s. 468.711.
   66         (5)(6) Has completed any other requirements as determined
   67  by the department and approved by the board.
   68         Section 3. Subsection (3) of section 468.711, Florida
   69  Statutes, is amended to read:
   70         468.711 Renewal of license; continuing education.—
   71         (3) If initially licensed after January 1, 1998, the
   72  licensee must be currently certified by the Board of
   73  Certification or its successor agency and maintain that
   74  certification in good standing without lapse.
   75         Section 4. Subsections (2), (3), and (6) of section
   76  468.723, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
   77         468.723 Exemptions.—This part does not prevent or restrict:
   78         (2) An athletic training student acting under the direct
   79  supervision of a licensed athletic trainer. For purposes of this
   80  subsection, “direct supervision” means the physical presence of
   81  an athletic trainer so that the athletic trainer is immediately
   82  available to the athletic training student and able to intervene
   83  on behalf of the athletic training student. The supervision must
   84  comply in accordance with board rule the standards set forth by
   85  the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
   86  or its successor.
   87         (3) A person from administering standard first aid
   88  treatment or emergency care to another person.
   89         (6) Third-party payors from reimbursing employers of
   90  athletic trainers or individuals licensed to practice under this
   91  chapter for covered services rendered by a licensed athletic
   92  trainer.
   93         Section 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.