Athletic Trainers

Important Information for Healthcare Facilities Seeking to Use Out-Of-State Healthcare Providers to Assist With Hurricane Harvey Disaster Response

On September 3, in accordance with Sections 418.016 and 418.171 of the Texas Government Code, Governor Greg Abbott temporarily suspended all necessary statutes and rules to allow a healthcare professional licensed and in good standing in another state to practice in various facilities in Texas to assist with disaster response operations for Hurricane Harvey. Read More >>


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Athletic Trainers: One Year Update

September 25, 2017

In 2015 the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 202, transferring the Athletic Trainers program from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR). The program transfer to TDLR took place in October 2016. As part of our mission to deliver improved service to Texans at a lower cost, TDLR reduced the following fees for the Athletic Trainers program:

Athletic Trainers Previous Fee TDLR Fee $ Reduced % Reduced
Criminal History Evaluation Letter Fee $50 $25 $25 50%
Reinstatement Fee $75 $0 $75 100%

We’ve also reduced processing and administrative fees for each online transaction. Thanks to these reductions, Texas Athletic Trainers kept $10,966.50 in their pockets in their first year at TDLR. (October 2016 – September 2017)

We’ve also reduced the word count in the Athletic Trainers program administrative rules to make them more clear, concise, and easier to read--without impacting their effectiveness:

Athletic Trainers DSHS TDLR Difference % Reduced
Administrative Rules Word Count 12,860 5,255 7,605 59%

At TDLR, one of our core values is open and free communication. During this first year, the 4,690 email subscribers were contacted 13 times for a total of 60,970 emails, with information about meetings, rule changes, licensing, and more. In addition, since November 2015 the public and all interested parties have been invited to six public meetings of the Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers.

TDLR is delivering on our promise to eliminate unnecessary barriers to doing business, promote transparency and accountability, and protect the health and safety of all Texans. We look forward to serving you, and always appreciate any feedback at: cs.athletic.trainers@tdlr.texas.gov

Important Information for Healthcare Facilities Seeking to Use Out-Of-State Healthcare Providers to Assist With Hurricane Harvey Disaster Response

On September 3, in accordance with Sections 418.016 and 418.171 of the Texas Government Code, Governor Greg Abbott temporarily suspended all necessary statutes and rules to allow a healthcare professional licensed and in good standing in another state to practice in various facilities in Texas to assist with disaster response operations for Hurricane Harvey.

The suspension allows a healthcare provider who holds a license, certificate, or other permit issued by another state jurisdiction satisfying qualifications for professional, mechanical, or other skills to render aid in this state to meet an emergency or disaster.

This suspension is in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the Hurricane Harvey disaster declaration is lifted or expires.

For the healthcare provider types listed below, a healthcare facility must submit to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) by email each out-of-state provider’s name, license type, state of licensure, and license identification number to: Harvey@tdlr.texas.gov

TDLR licenses the following healthcare providers:

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Dietitians
  • Dyslexia Therapists and Practitioners
  • Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers
  • Midwives
  • Orthotists and Prosthetists
  • Podiatrists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

If you have questions or need assistance, please call (800) 803-9202 between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. CDT or email Harvey@tdlr.texas.gov.


Advisory Board Meetings

Previous Meeting - July 19, 2017

The Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers met July 19 in Austin. The agenda and staff report are available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.


Health Professions Transition FAQs

1. When did the transfer happen?
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) assumed all activities relating to the Athletic Trainers program — including licenses and renewals, customer service and enforcement — on October 3, 2016.

2. Now that the transfer is complete, will I need to get a new license issued by TDLR?
No. The license you have now — issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) — remains valid until its expiration date. When you renew, you will receive a TDLR license.

3. Have the rules changed?
Yes, TDLR adopted rules for all of the transferred programs. Most of the newly adopted rules are very similar, but some changes have been made. The TDLR health profession rules became effective on October 1, 2016. View the rule changes and links to the TDLR rules

4. How do I stay informed about changes impacting me?
You have several options to stay connected:

  • Email updates - Sign up for email updates to receive notices about rules, the law, fees, examination requirements, meetings and more. Email updates are the best way for you to stay informed.
  • Meetings - TDLR’s advisory board and Commission meetings are available to watch online live or later at your convenience.
  • Facebook and Twitter - TDLR has a Facebook page and Twitter account dedicated to TDLR Health Professions.

5. Why were licensing programs transferred from DSHS to TDLR?
The transfer is the result of a change to Texas law. In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 202, which transferred several licensing programs from the DSHS to TDLR.

FOR MORE INFORMATION - email TDLR at customer.service@tdlr.texas.gov or call (800) 803-9202 or (512) 463-6599.