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Chiropractic Clinical Assistant Certification Prep Program Available @ ACS 2018 Convention

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Alaska Chiropractic Society
2018 Convention Update
October 4-7, 2018
Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage





 
 

Certified Chiropractic Clinical Assistant Program

 

State legislation was introduced by the Alaska Chiropractic Society in 2015 - SB69 - to create the requirement for certification of Chiropractic Clinical Assistants - staff that provide hands-on services in chiropractic offices.  This was done proactively to protect the Doctor of Chiropractic's right to delegate services to staff and establish the minimum educational requirements and national certification process for Chiropractic Clinical Assistants (CCA) in our state to ensure well-trained and knowledgeable staff.  SB69 was signed into law at 9:30 am by Governor Bill Walker on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 and a regulations project has been underway by the Board of Chiropractic Examiners for the AK-CCA Certification program.  It is anticipated that the regulations for this program will be finalized in spring, 2019.  CCA's will achieve the required national certification through the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB).  

 

Requirements for certification:
  •  At least 18 years of age
  •  High school diploma or equivalent
  •  Good moral character
 Education:
  • 24 hours from a PACE provider
  • -OR- 24 hours from another provider (subject to review)
  • -OR- 2,000 hours of experience (one year of experience) 
  •  -OR-Current member board registration

Exam:

  • Online - Created by NBCE
  • Initial Fees: $150 includes exam, certificate, badge, and 1st year of registration
First Year:
Earn 300 hours of practical clinical experience before first renewal
   
Renewals:
Every two years - $35 fee and Requires 6 hours of CE

 

Plan speak translation - any staff member who assist with exams, provides rehabilitation exercises, muscle stim or ultrasound services, etc. will be required to be CERTIFIED through FCLB in 2019.  This would include both office staff and massage therapists who double as Chiropractic Clinical Assistants.  Staff with a minimum of one year of experience (2,000 hours) or more as a Chiropractic Clinical Assistant are not required to have the 24-hours of formal education and can register directly with FCLB and take the online course when proctored by a DC licensed in the State of Alaska.   Read more at http://www.fclb.org/ChiroAssistants.aspx

 

Have experience but want to find out if you're ready to pass the test? 

Read the testing plan description below.  Here's a printable version of the testing plan for the online exam created/offered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.  

 

Testing Plan

1. FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE(30%)
Competency Description: The successful examinee has the general entry level knowledge necessary for working in a chiropractic office.
Examples of areas requiring basic knowledge include:
Human anatomy – e.g. being able to identify large muscle groups and common bones
Human physiology – e.g. knowing the basic function of the major organs such as the heart and lungs, and that ovaries are classified as reproductive organs
Clinical terminology – e.g. knowing flexion v. extension, superior v. inferior, and anterior v. posterior
Treatments & conditions – that is recognizing common diagnostic and treatment terminology, e.g. sprain, strain, tendinosis, low back pain
2. PATIENT SAFETY AND PROCEDURES(40%)
Competency Description: The successful examinee has the entry level knowledge and ability to complete tasks related to patient treatment and recognize and appropriately respond to situations that may compromise patient safety.
Examples of these knowledge and ability areas, functions or duties may include:
Recognizing and preventing office hazards – e.g. turning off therapy equipment after use and assuring it is turned off prior to beginning treatment
Therapeutic modalities and procedures – e.g. safe therapy set up and use, how to apply ice and heat
X-ray safety – e.g. ask females about pregnancy
Responding to health and office emergencies – e.g. knowing general adverse reactions to common treatments, CPR, and types of safety equipment
Recognize indications and contraindications for common modalities – e.g. knowing indications such as tight muscles and swelling and contraindications such as pregnancy and cancer
Vital statistics (height, weight, blood pressure, etc.) – e.g. knowing basic terminology and general procedures for obtaining vitals
3. DOCUMENTATION(15%)
Competency Description: The successful examinee has the entry level knowledge and ability to complete tasks related to the proper creation, handling and storage of patient data, to include activities associated with the billing of patient services.
Examples of these tasks may include:
Use of appropriate forms – e.g. intake and informed consent forms
HIPAA compliance – e.g. understanding that there must be no discussion of patients outside of office
Red flags of fraud – e.g. understanding that taking money or billing for therapies not performed is unethical and illegal
Use of billing codes – e.g. knowing those commonly used on CMS 1500
Use of procedure codes – e.g. knowing those used to identify common chiropractic procedures
Record keeping – e.g. knowing the basic SOAP format and common medical and chiropractic abbreviations
4. ETHICS & BOUNDARIES(15%)
Competency Description: The successful examinee exhibits entry level ethical decision-making ability and recognition of appropriate interpersonal boundaries. Examples may include:
Sexual boundaries/harassment
Patient-staff relations
Doctor-staff relations
Finances and billings
Confidentiality issues
Confrontational patients
This section contains very basic scenarios pertaining to appropriate behavior and ethical judgment.

 

I don't think I'm ready to take that test.  What do I do?

Many Chiropractic Clinical Assistants with one year of experience or more (>2,000 hours) may choose to complete a formal approved education program in order to solidify their knowledge.  You can take an FCLB approved online course or attend the 3-day CCA Design-Build Certification Prep Program at the 2018 ACS Convention Friday, October 5th through Sunday, October 7th.  See below for more information.  Read more about the FCLB Certification Program at the CCCA Candidate Handbook.

 

I don't have a year of experience as a CCA.  What do I do?  

New hires and staff with less than one year of experience (<2,000 hours) are required to complete 24 hours of education approved by the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards.  You can take an FCLB approved online course or attend the 3-day CCA Design-Build Certification Prep Program at the 2018 ACS Convention Friday, October 5th through Sunday, October 7th.  See below for more information.  Read more about the FCLB Certification Program at the CCCA Candidate Handbook.      

 

How do I get the 24 hours of Education? 

  1. Staff can elect to take an online course.  The Alaska Chiropractic Society recommends the program available through the Tennessee Chiropractic Association's Clinical Therapy Assistant Program.  Their program is approved by FCLB and offers both an online, correspondence and hybrid version to meet the distance learning requirements of staff.  The cost of this program is $299 - see https://ctaprogram.com/bookstore-alaska-2/ plus the time on the job to complete the program.   There are other programs available but the CTA Program that TCA not only meets, but exceeds the standards set forth by the FCLB.  ACS also maintains a supply on-hand of the required textbook and workbook for this program.  
  2. Staff can attend the 3-day CCA Design-Build Certification Prep Program at the 2018 ACS Convention Friday, October 5th through Sunday, October 7th.  

In preparation for the certification requirement coming in Spring, 2019, the Alaska Chiropractic Society is bringing hands-on training that will provide the 24 hours of education to prepare your staff for certification with FCLB.  This program is geared for both the new hire as well as experienced staff who would benefit from an in-person educational opportunity.  This program not only meets, but exceeds the standards set forth by the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB) - the national certifying agent that the Alaska Board of Chiropractic Examiners will be using to certify our state Chiropractic Clinical Assistants starting 2019.  This course will utilize one-of-a-kind training tools while presenting a wide variety of clinical topics appealing to all practice environments.  The course will follow the Chiropractic Therapy Assistant, A Clinical Resource Guide textbook and workbook (included in registration pricing - $165 value).  This course will provide the participant with pertinent information that can be used and referenced when staff return to work Monday morning.  A course competency exam will be given at the end of the course and upon passing, a course completion certificate will be provided.  Upon completion of the course, attendees will be fully prepared to register with FCLB and destined to successfully complete the testing requirement for national Certified Chiropractic Clinical Assistant status required under Senate Bill 69 passed into law in August, 2016. 

 

 Join the 2018 CA/CCA Design-Build Team -

where aspiring staff learn, train and build foundations for success! 


REGISTRATION is NOW OPEN!  ACS Member Staff - contact Sheri Ryan at 907.903.1350 to set up your online account and SAVE!  Join us at the 2018 CA Design-Build Team Training at the ACS 2018 Convention October 4-7, 2018 to be held at the Hotel Captain Cook in downtown Anchorage, AK!  Build the framework to help your team gain the systems + tools you need to increase productivity, profit, efficiency and regulatory compliance.  Check out all the Building Expert programming available!  REGISTER NOW!   

Questions?  Contact ACS at 907.903.1350 or sryan@akchiro.org.  














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