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Continuing competency program.

(1) Each licensed naturopathic physician must complete twenty hours of continuing education per year, as provided in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 7.
(2) A license holder's first twenty hour continuing education requirement is due on the second renewal date after the license is issued. After that, it is due annually on the renewal date.
(3) As part of continuing education, a licensed naturopathic physician must complete a board-approved one-time training that is at least six hours long in suicide assessment, treatment, and management. This training must be completed by the end of the first full continuing education reporting period after January 1, 2016, or the first full continuing education reporting period after initial licensure, whichever is later.
(a) Until July 1, 2017, a board-approved training must be an empirically supported training in suicide assessment, including screening and referral, suicide treatment, and suicide management, and meet any other requirement in RCW 43.70.442.
(b) Beginning July 1, 2017, training accepted by the board must be on the department's model list developed in accordance with rules adopted by the department that establish minimum standards for training programs. The establishment of the model list does not affect the validity of training completed prior to July 1, 2017.
(c) A board-approved training must be at least six hours in length and may be provided in one or more sessions.
(d) The hours spent completing the training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management under this subsection count toward meeting any applicable continuing education requirements.
(e) Nothing in this subsection is intended to expand or limit the naturopathic scope of practice.
(4) In emergency situations, such as personal or family illness, the board may in its discretion, for good cause shown, waive all or part of the continuing education requirement for a particular one year period for an individual licensee. The board may require such verification of the emergency as is necessary to prove its existence.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.36A.160 and 43.70.442 as amended in 2014 and 2015. WSR 16-06-008, § 246-836-080, filed 2/18/16, effective 3/20/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.36A.160, 2011 c 41, and 2011 c 40. WSR 12-13-104, § 246-836-080, filed 6/20/12, effective 7/21/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.280. WSR 98-05-060, § 246-836-080, filed 2/13/98, effective 3/16/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.36A.060. WSR 92-02-018 (Order 224), § 246-836-080, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-836-080, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.36A.060. WSR 88-14-009 (Order PM 742), § 308-34-180, filed 6/24/88.]
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