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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 extremity 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, documentation, coding;
(l) Impairment within the scope of practice;
(m) CPR (not to exceed a total of four hours);
(n) Dietary and nutrition advice;
(o) Chiropractic philosophy; and
(p) Governmental regulations relevant to chiropractic and public health (not to exceed a total of twelve hours).
(3) Beginning June 12, 2014, as part of the continuing education, chiropractors are required to obtain three hours in suicide screening and referral from a qualified suicide prevention training program. This is a one-time suicide prevention training that must be completed during the first full reporting period after June 12, 2014, or the first full continuing education reporting period after initial licensure, whichever is later.
(a) A qualified training program is empirically supported training in suicide screening and referral that is at least three hours in length which may be provided in one or more sessions.
(b) The hours spent completing a training program in suicide screening and referral under this section count toward meeting any applicable continuing education requirements.
(c) Nothing in this subsection is intended to expand or limit the chiropractic scope of practice.
(4) 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.
(5) 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, teleseminars, employer led training offering continuing education hours, and video presentations.
(b) Serving as teachers or lecturers in continuing education programs approved under subsection (2) of this section. A chiropractor may receive credit on the same basis as those attending the program.
(6) A chiropractor must provide acceptable documentation of attendance upon commission request or audit. Acceptable forms of documentation include:
(a) Transcripts;
(b) Letters from the course instructors;
(c) Certificate of completion; or
(d) Other formal documentation which includes:
(i) Participant's name;
(ii) Course title;
(iii) Course content;
(iv) Date(s) of course;
(v) Provider's name(s); and
(vi) Signature of the program sponsor or course instructor. Multimedia courses are exempt from the signature requirement.
(7) Chiropractors in active status who reside and practice outside Washington must meet all the requirements.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.25.0171, 18.25.070, and 2014 c 71. WSR 15-07-005, § 246-808-150, filed 3/6/15, effective 4/6/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.25.0171 and 18.25.070. WSR 06-03-057, § 246-808-150, filed 1/11/06, effective 2/11/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.280. WSR 98-05-060, § 246-808-150, filed 2/13/98, effective 3/16/98. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.25 RCW. WSR 96-16-074, § 246-808-150, filed 8/6/96, effective 9/6/96.]
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