Chiropractic Continuing Education Requirements In Washington

In the state of Washington, Chiropractors are required to undergo chiropractic continuing education each year in order to renew their chiropractic license. The licensing process is governed by the Washington Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission. The Washington Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission can be reached at (360) 236-4856. The term of each license year is annual, expiring on the licensee’s birthdate. A fee of $545 is required for annual license renewal.

Basic Guidelines For Chiropractic Continuing Education In Washington State

  • Renewed Annually On Licensee’s Birthday
  • Minimum Of 25 Continuing Education Hours
  • Prior Approval For Continuing Education Courses Is Not Required
  • Up to 12 hours of Distance Learning is allowed

Links:
Washington State Chiropractic Board
Washington State Chiropractic Association
Washington State Chiropractic Laws

* Washington Continuing Education requirements posted on this page are based upon the most up to date information available. Washington continuing education requirements are subject to change and therefore, Washington Chiropractic licensee’s are ultimately responsible for being up to date with the Washington continuing education requirements.

* Information Last Updated 10/29/11

WAC 246-808-150: Commission approved continuing education.

(1) Chiropractors must complete twenty-five hours of continuing education per year under RCW 18.25.070 and chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 7.

(2) The commission approves the following subject material for continuing chiropractic education credit:

(a) Diagnosis and treatment of the spine or immediate articulations within the scope of practice;

(b) X-ray/diagnostic imaging;

(c) Adjustive technique;

(d) Detection of a subluxation;

(e) Physical examination;

(f) Hygiene;

(g) Symptomatology;

(h) Neurology;

(i) Pathology;

(j) Orthopedics;

(k) Patient/case management;

(l) Impairment within the scope of practice;

(m) CPR;

(n) Dietary and nutrition advice; and

(o) Chiropractic philosophy and business management (not to exceed a total of eight hours).

(3) Subject matter not approved for continuing education credit:

(a) Subject matter not directly relating to the chiropractic clinical scope of practice; and

(b) Conduct prohibited by Washington state statutes or rules governing chiropractic practice.

(4) A chiropractor may earn a maximum of twelve hours for:

(a) Completing a multimedia chiropractic education program, which includes, but is not limited to, the internet, and video presentations.

(b) Serving as teachers or lecturers in continuing education programs. A chiropractor may receive credit on the same basis as the doctors attending the program.

(5) The individual or organization responsible for a continuing education presentation must provide documentation of attendance to participants, including course content and number of hours.

(6) Chiropractors in active status who reside and practice outside Washington must meet all the requirements of this section.

WAC 246-808-155: Prior approval not required.

(1) It shall be unnecessary for a chiropractor to inquire into the prior approval of any continuing chiropractic education. The commission shall accept any continuing chiropractic education that falls within these regulations and relies upon each individual chiropractor’s integrity in complying with this requirement.

(2) Continuing chiropractic education program sponsors need not apply for, nor expect to receive, prior commission approval for a formal continuing chiropractic education program. The number of creditable hours may be determined by counting the contact hours of instruction and rounding to the nearest quarter hour. The commission relies upon the integrity of program sponsors to present continuing chiropractic education that constitutes a meritorious learning experience and complies with RCW 18.25.070.

Links:
Washington State Chiropractic Board
Washington State Chiropractic Association
Washington State Chiropractic Laws

* Washington Continuing Education requirements posted on this page are based upon the most up to date information available. Washington continuing education requirements are subject to change and therefore, Washington Chiropractic licensee’s are ultimately responsible for being up to date with the Washington continuing education requirements.

* Information Last Updated 10/29/11

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