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Athletic Trainer FAQ

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding athletic training received by the New Hampshire Office of Allied Health Professionals. For FAQs specific to a particular board, visit that board website.

What is an Athletic Trainer?

What are Licensure Qualifications?

What is the Athletic Training Governing Board?

What does the Athletic Training Governing Board do?

How is the Board organized?

How does the Board monitor competency of licensees?

When should I contact the Board?

How are complaints filed?

When does the Board take disciplinary action?

Can a licensed Athletic Trainer carry and administer Naloxone ("Narcan") while practicing as an Athletic Trainer?

Can Athletic Trainers carry non-prescribed Epipens for emergency situations?

back to topWhat is an Athletic Trainer?

An Athletic Trainer is someone who is a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in health care. Licensed Athletic Trainers work under the direction of licensed physicians and in cooperation with other allied health personnel function as an integral member of the health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs, hospitals and other health care settings.

Athletic trainers have, at minimum, a bachelor's degree, and seventy (70) percent of all ATC credential holders have a master's degree or higher. The educational content for Athletic Training Education Programs are as follows:

  • Acute care of injury and illness
  • Assessment of injury/illness
  • Exercise physiology
  • General medical conditions and disabilities
  • Health care administration
  • Human anatomy
  • Human physiology
  • Kinesiology/biomechanics
  • Medical ethics and legal issues
  • Nutritional aspects of injury and illness
  • Pathology of injury/illness
  • Pharmacology
  • Professional development and responsibilities
  • Psychosocial intervention and referral
  • Risk management and injury/illness prevention
  • Statistics and research design
  • Strength training and reconditioning
  • Therapeutic exercise and rehabilitative techniques
  • Therapeutic modalities
  • Weight management and body composition

All persons who provide Athletic Training services In New Hampshire must be licensed by the Board.

back to topWhat are Licensure Qualifications?

A bachelor's degree at minimum, taking and passing a legally defensible national certification exam administered by the independent Board of Certification Inc. (BOCATC). BOCATC is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

back to topWhat is the Athletic Training Governing Board?

It is a state agency charged to regulate the practice of Athletic Training. The Board is responsible for protecting the health, safety and welfare of individuals who receive athletic training services in New Hampshire.

back to topWhat does the Athletic Training Governing Board do?

Members meet monthly to conduct Board business and:

  • Develop policy and set standards of practice
  • Review applications and issue licenses to qualified applicants
  • Investigate complaints and take appropriate disciplinary action when violations are found to have occurred
  • Monitor and enforce continued certification at the national level

back to topHow is the Board organized?

The five-member Board is made up of:

  • three licensed Athletic Trainers,
  • one physician and
  • one public member

appointed by the Governor.

back to topHow does the Board monitor competency of licensees?

The Board requires that every licensee demonstrate proof of continued BOCATC certification, which requires continuing education in activities relating to development for the purpose, of updating and developing skills in order to provide appropriate athletic training services. To retain certification, ATC credential holders must obtain 75 hours of medically related continuing education credits every three years and adhere to a code of ethics.

back to topWhen should I contact the Board?

You should contact the Board:

  • To determine whether the practitioner holds current license.
  • If you feel the Athletic Trainer has behaved in an unprofessional manner.
  • If you are dissatisfied with the Athletic Training services provided and have not received satisfaction after notifying the Athletic Trainer and/or the employer.
  • If you want to know if a specific Athletic Trainer has had any disciplinary actions taken against him/her.
  • If you have any questions regarding Athletic Training services.

back to topHow are complaints filed?

A person who wishes to file a complaint, should contact the Board to inquire as to what information the Board will need to act upon. When the complaint is received, the Board will review it. If the Board determines the complaint is within their jurisdiction, the Board will investigate further.

back to topWhen does the Board take disciplinary action?

When an Athletic Trainer has been found guilty of:

  • practicing Athletic Training in a manner detrimental to the public health and welfare;
  • obtaining or attempting to obtain a license by fraud or deception;
  • by engaging in unprofessional conduct as defined by the board; or
  • gross negligence or incompetence.

Can a licensed Athletic Trainer carry and administer Naloxone ("Narcan") while practicing as an Athletic Trainer?

In accordance with the law recently passed by the State of New Hampshire, RSA 318-B:15(c):

  • "No health care professional who, acting in good faith and with reasonable care, prescribes, dispenses, or distributes an opioid antagonist directly or by standing order and no person who, acting in good faith and with reasonable care, stores, dispenses, or distributes an opioid antagonist or related drug overdose shall be subject to any criminal or civil liability, or any professional disciplinary action, for any action authorized by this paragraph or any outcome resulting from an action authorized by this paragraph."

back to topCan Athletic Trainers carry non-prescribed Epipens for emergency situations?

An Athletic Trainer can administer an Epipen if it is prescribed to an individual by a doctor's order.


Office of Professional Licensure and Certification
7 Eagle Square |  Concord, NH 03301
Main Telephone: (603) 271-2152