Ethical Practice in Athletic Training


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The purpose of Ethical Practice in Athletic Training is to provide an athletic trainer an introduction to or review of the BOC Practice Standards and NATA Code of Ethics. We will explain the role of the NATA’s Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE)  and review the components of the ethics code. This course can be used as part of an academic program or for continuing education purposes, particularly if a state requires an ethics course for licensure renewal. 

The first module will provide a breakdown of the code of ethics and elements of practice that a member may be susceptible to an ethics violation. The second module will cover the process to file an ethics violation and potential sanctions.  Finally, there will be simulated situations based on actual cases. Expectations will be assessed through quizzes at the end of each module and then at the course’s conclusion. 


Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Have a greater understanding of the role of the NATA, BOC, and CAATE in establishing and enforcing ethical behavior for athletic trainers
  2. Identify behavior that violates the standards established by NATA, BOC and CAATE
  3. Describe the method of submitting a claim of a potential ethics violation
  4. Discuss potential sanctions associated with an ethics violation
  5. Review simulated case studies in order to recognize unethical behavior


This course is fully online and self-paced, with no synchronous online meetings. It must be completed within 1 year of registration.


BOC Seal

This course qualifies for 2 Category A CEUs approved by the BOC.

Primary Audience

Athletic Trainers and other allied healthcare providers


Matt Quijano, MS ATC

Matt Quijano originally hails from Santa Barbara, CA. Matt earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training from Chapman University in 2009. He went on to earn a Master’s of Arts Degree in Kinesiology with an option in Athletic Training Education from California State University, Chico in 2011. Matt began his professional career as a Graduate Assistant at Chico State from 2009-2011. During this time Matt also worked at Woodward West extreme sports camp in Tehachapi, Ca. After Matt completed his studies, he began as an Assistant AT at Chapman University and instructor from 2011-2012. In 2012, he started at the position he currently holds as an Athletic Trainer for Arroyo Grande High School in the Lucia Mar Unified School District and CTE instructor since 2013, shaping the minds of future Athletic Trainers. Matt currently sits on the NATA Committee on Professional Ethics as the District 8 Representative, as well as the Region 4 Director of the California Athletic Trainer’s Association. 

Thomas Abdenour, DHSc, ATC, CES

Thomas E. Abdenour, DHSc ATC CES has had a career of service as a Head Athletic Trainer at the intercollegiate and professional team levels. This included 23 seasons with the Golden State Warriors of the NBA along with Hillsdale College (1 year), Weber State College (8 years), and San Diego State University (5 years). He is a member of the NATA and FWATA Hall of Fame (2007), received the Tim Kerin Award for Excellence in Athletic Training (2005) and was a USOC volunteer for 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Although retired from clinical work, he has been part of research teams that have published, mentored athletic training students, and co-authored an athletic training centric text book on pharmacology. Also, he is active with committee responsibilities on the NATA Convention Program Committee, the Far West Athletic Trainers Association Research and Grants Committee and the California Athletic Trainers Association Managing Board.