To get the credits needed for licensure renewal, chiropractors can choose from a variety of continuing education program options. Find out more about the types of CE programs available and typical requirements for license renewal here.
What Kinds of Continuing Education Programs Are Available?
Not surprisingly, chiropractic schools, colleges and professional associations are among the most common providers of chiropractic continuing education programs. Training is available in the form of 1- or 2-day seminars and individual courses, many of which can be completed online. However, some states only allow chiropractors to fulfill a portion of their CE requirements with distance education courses.
Additional training options include certificate programs that allow students to earn around 30 CE credits in a specialty area like practice management. There are even more extensive post-graduate continuing education programs that prepare chiropractors to earn voluntary professional certifications from agencies such as the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. This form of training can take 100 hours or more to complete.
What Are Some Topics of Study?
Some states require chiropractors to earn a portion of their CE credits by completing courses in fundamental topics, such as the following:
- Insurance billing procedures
- Physical examination
- Adjustive techniques
Topics of study available to fulfill the remaining requirements can span a wide range of subjects, including the following:
- Case management
- Clinical nutrition
- Joint manipulation
- Pain management techniques
- Chiropractic sports medicine
- Chiropractic radiography
Chiropractors looking to complete an alternative form of continuing education can receive CE credits for teaching these courses, depending on their state.
How Many Chiropractic CE Credits Will I Need to Earn?
The number of required continuing education (CE) credits, as well as the renewal cycle for a chiropractic license, will vary from one state to the next. Some states mandate that chiropractic licenses must be renewed annually after earning just under 20 hours of CE credit, while licenses in other states are valid for a 3-year period, during which time chiropractors must complete almost 40 hours of CE credit.
Generally, chiropractors will only receive CE credit for completing courses or seminars offered by approved providers. Applicants for license renewal should check to make sure a program offering CE credit is accepted by their state chiropractic board before enrolling.
Continuing education options for chiropractors include seminars, courses and certificate programs in a topic of interest; some of these options can be completed online.