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Continuing Education Requirements for 2015/2016 Calendar Years
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Continuing Education

As a chiropractic professional, you know that your degree was just the beginning of a life-long commitment to continuing education.

The purpose of continuing chiropractic education is to insure that the renewal of licenses is contingent upon proof of continued competency and to assure the consumer of an optimum quality of chiropractic health care by requiring licensed chiropractors to pursue education designed to advance their professional skills and knowledge.

Your current license to practice chiropractic in the State of Alaska expires December 31, 2016.  It is illegal for you to practice if your license has expired.  There is no grace period.  For prompt processing, submit your renewal application as soon as possible.  Do not submit your application early if you have not completed your continuing education requirements.  Renewal processing takes three to four weeks after receipt of a completed renewal application.  Plan accordingly and submit your renewal application timely.  You will receive your renewal application from the State of Alaska at the address they have on file for you.  Visit the Board of Chiropractic Examiners website for approved courses and to view the current address listing they have for you.   

How many credits do your need?  Effective 1/1/2013, there have been some changes in the required continuing education not only in number of hours but in types of required hours.  This is something all Doctors of Chiropractic are going to have to plan for in regards to their renewals that will come due in 12/31/2016.  For the 2015/2016 calendar years, the State of Alaska now requires 32 hours of continuing education of which you must have at least 8 in radiology; 2 in ethics; 2 in coding/documentation; and 2 in CPR training.  The Alaska Chiropractic Society will continue to sponsor a biennial convention to coincide with the license renewal period.  Our next convention will be a four day event October 6, 2016 - October 9, 2016 where you will be able to earn up to 32 credits.  All the required credit topics will be available throughout the 4 days.  DCs are encouraged to attend other ACS events hosted throughout the 2 year period so that you have more choices at Convention with the great variety of sessions available.  ACS sponsors Quarterly Radiology and Journal Clubs in the Anchorage area that provide either a radiology credit or a clinical credit (free for members).  ACS also sponsors monthly CPR training (nominal fee) out of our Anchorage office and Quarterly CPR training statewide.  Check the ACS Calendar for hosted CEU events. 

Here's a recap of the regulations in an easy to read format.  See below for the actual regulations...

 

If your DC license was issued in 2014 or earlier, you need to earn 32 credits (minimum) in 2015/2016 before you file your renewal application due by 12/31/2016.  Of those 32 credits, you have subject matter minimum CE requirements - 8 Radiology, 2 Documentation/Coding, 2 Ethics, and 2 CPR.  

If your DC license was issued in 2015, you need 16 credits minimum to renew before you file your renewal application due by 12/31/2016.  You are still required to meet the subject matter minimum CE requirements - 8 Radiology, 2 Documentation/Coding, 2 Ethics, and 2 CPR.  

If your DC license was issued in 2016 and this is your FIRST RENEWAL, as you have NOT been licensed in AK for a full calendar year, you are not required to document any minimum CE requirements.  You will still be required to file for renewal and pay the renewal fee.  

Please note the new regulations effective 1/1/2013 regarding Internet or distance learning in (f) above.  NO MORE than 16 credits of your 32 credits can be through the Internet or a distance learning program. 

Renewal applications are automatically mailed to currently licensed DCs by the State of Alaska in October.  Make sure that the address they have on file for YOU is correct by inputting your AK DC License number or last name in this search https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/cbp/Main/CBPLSearch.aspx?mode=Prof. Make sure to select Chiropractic for the program.  Not the correct address and need to file a change of address?  Use this form https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/portals/5/pub/adm4291.pdf.


Here is the Alaska Chiropractic Statute pertaining to the current continuing education requirements:

12 AAC 16.290. HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIRED

(a) Except as provided in (b) of this section, an applicant for renewal of a chiropractic license must obtain and document successful completion of the following:
     (1) for an applicant who files a complete renewal application with the department for a license period that concludes on or before December 31, 2012, 24 credit hours of approved continuing education during the concluding
licensing period; at least one-third and no more than one-half of the total hours required under this paragraph must be devoted to
          (A) radiographic safety;
          (B) radiographic techniques and interpretation; or
          (C) diagnostic imaging;
     (2) for an applicant who files a complete renewal application with the department for a license period that concludes after January 1, 2013, 32 credit hours of approved continuing education during the concluding licensing period, as follows:
          (A) eight hours of the total hours required under this paragraph must be devoted to
               (i) radiographic safety;
               (ii) radiographic techniques and interpretation; or
               (iii) diagnostic imaging;
          (B) two hours of the total hours required under this paragraph must be devoted to coding and documentation;
          (C) two hours of the total hours required under this paragraph must be devoted to ethics and boundaries;
          (D) two hours of the total hours required under this paragraph must be devoted to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training.
(b) An applicant for renewal of a chiropractic license for the first time must obtain and document successful completion of the following:
     (1) for a license period that concludes on or before December 31, 2012, 12 credit hours of approved continuing education for each complete calendar year the applicant was licensed during the concluding licensing period;
     (2) for a license period that concludes after January 1, 2013, 16 credit hours of approved continuing education for each complete calendar year the applicant was licensed during the concluding licensing period.
(c) Two of the hours required under (a) of this section will be credited to each applicant for renewal for completing the jurisprudence review prepared by the board, covering the provisions of AS 08.20 and this chapter.  An applicant for renewal must verify, in an affidavit, that the applicant has complied with this subsection before the applicant's license renewal will be processed.
(d) An applicant for renewal of a license to practice chiropractic must submit, on a form provided by the department, a sworn statement of the continuing education that the applicant completed during the concluding licensing period. The statement must include the following information:
     (1) the sponsoring organization;
     (2) the title and description of the course;
     (3) the dates of attendance or period of correspondence; 
     (4) the number of continuing education hours claimed;
     (5) the course approval number issued by the department.
(e) An applicant for renewal of a chiropractic license may receive up to four hours of the credit
     (1) required under (a)(1) of this section from one or more of the following subject areas:
          (A) cardiopulmonary resuscitation training (CPR); 
          (B) automated external defibrillator training (AED); 
          (C) basic life support training (BLS);
     (2) required under (a)(2) of this section from one or more of the following subject areas: 
          (A) automated external defibrillator training (AED);
          (B) basic life support training (BLS).
(f) No more than 16 credit hours of the credit hours required under (a)(2) of this section for a renewal of a chiropractic license may be obtained over the Internet or by distance learning.

Authority:       AS 08.20.055      AS 08.20.170 


For a complete listing of the State of Alaska Statues and Regulations regarding Chiropractors, go to http://commerce.state.ak.us/occ/pub/ChiropracticStatutes.pdf.  

For a listing of Approved Education courses in the State of Alaska by the Board of Chiropractic Examiners go to https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/cbp/ContinuingEducation/Sponsor


Want to take the Jurisprudence Review and claim two hours of credit (general) on your Chiropractic Physician License Renewal?  Go to http://akchiroboard.myicourse.com/ and follow the online instructions.  

Looking for online courses that are approved in AK?  Try ChiroCredit.com!  They are PACE approved providers.  Go to www.chirocredit.com/akchiro for more info.  


The Alaska Chiropractic Society has partnered with Palmer College of Chiropractic for the offering of online courses. Go to www.palmeronline.com for more information.  Please note the limitations of online credits as listed in (f) above. 

 

 

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