SB16-161

SB16-161 - Regulate Athletic Trainers

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning The Regulation Of Athletic Trainers By The Division Of Professions And Occupations In The Department Of Regulatory Agencies.

Prior to July 1, 2015, athletic trainers practicing in Colorado were regulated by the director of the division of professions and occupations (director) in the department of regulatory agencies. In the 2015 legislative session, the general assembly did not enact legislation to continue the director's authority to regulate athletic trainers, resulting in the repeal of the director's authority on July 1, 2015.

The bill reinstates the director's authority to regulate athletic trainers, requiring athletic trainers to obtain a registration from the director in order to practice athletic training in Colorado. The bill restores the "Athletic Trainer Practice Act", as it existed on June 30, 2015, with the following substantive changes:

  • Deletes from the definition of what constitutes the practice of athletic training and moves to a provision specifying the requirements for engaging in the practice of athletic training in this state a requirement that an athletic trainer practice under the direction of a physician, dentist, or other licensed health care professional;
  • Adds title protection for the abbreviation "A.T.C.", limiting its use to registered athletic trainers;
  • Requires an applicant for an athletic trainer registration to provide evidence of current certification by the national certifying agency;
  • Requires a registrant applying to renew his or her registration to submit, if requested by the director, evidence of current certification by the national certifying agency;
  • With regard to exceptions to the requirements of the practice act, changes the term "student athletic trainer" to "athletic training student"; and
  • Adds as grounds for discipline the failure of an athletic trainer to practice pursuant to the direction of a Colorado-licensed or otherwise lawfully practicing physician, dentist, or health care professional and the failure to practice in a manner that meets generally accepted standards of athletic training practice.

The bill repeals the regulation of athletic trainers on September 1, 2026, and requires the department of regulatory agencies, prior to the repeal, to conduct a sunset review of the regulation of athletic trainers.

Latest update: June 8, 2016
06/08/2016 Governor Signed
05/20/2016 Sent to the Governor
05/20/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/18/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/10/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/09/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
05/09/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
05/06/2016 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
05/05/2016 House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Unamended to Finance
05/03/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment
05/03/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/02/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/29/2016 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/26/2016 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
03/30/2016 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Finance
03/16/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology