Text Size:   A+ A- A   •   Text Only
Site Image

Continuing Education

** NEW ** 2018 Continuing Education Requirements              2-1-18

* NEW * Online Concussion Training REQUIRED​ by June 30, 2018  
On January 26, 2018, the Board determined to require all Oregon DCs to complete the CDC's "Concussion Training for Health Care Providers." This is an online-only course.  Follow this LINK, and click "Launch the course."  Submit your certificate of completion to the OBCE at your earliest convenience. DUE by June 30, 2018.

Back to Top

1st/2nd Year Doctor CE Requirement     Updated  2/12/2018

By your FIRST license renewal date, complete a total of SIX (6) CE hours 

1. Two (2) hours of Evidence-Based Outcomes Management (EBOM).  Click THIS LINK to see the criteria of qualified EBOM CE*.  (NOTE: Reading the OBCE's Educational Manual on Evidence-Based Chiropractic DOES NOT meet this requirement.)
2. Four (4) hours of Over-the-Counter Medications (OTC).   
        Resources for the two requirements above
        *  University of ​Western States - Call (800) 215-3716 or email​;
        *  Oregon Chiropractic Association  Email call (503) 256-1601
        *  Onlin​eCE​ (ChiroCredit.com)  (EBOM only)

Prior to your SECOND license renewal date, you must complete 20 HOURS CE; SEVEN (7) of which must address Pain Management.  Review the requirements below. IN ADDITION, refer to the top of this page for any other Board specific CE for ALL DCs (There ARE requirements for your 2016 license year; follow those instructions above.) The pain management education is broken out as follows: 

1. Six (6) hours of Pain Management education. Refer to the resources below for access to ongoing qualified programs (Seminar, online, DVD, etc.).  If you have questions as to whether a course (not on the lists) meets the Pain Commission's pain management criteria, you can review the updated required curriculum to determine whether it qualifies

2. In addition, and as directed by ORS 409.560 and 409.565, the Oregon Pain Management Commission (OPMC) provides one (1) hour of Oregon specific training required for certain licensed health care professionals.  Completion of the Pain Management Module directly below fulfills this requirement. 

If you have trouble printing your completion certificate, email the Help Desk at the Commission.

RESOURCES for Pain Management (live, online or DVD education)
        *  Web: Pain Society of Oregon​ or Email or Call 541-345-7300
        *  Web: University of Western States - Online CE, Email​ or Call (800) 215-3716 or
        *  Web: Oregon Chi​ropractic Association, Email or Call (503) 256-1601

NOTE:  Prior to attempting to claim for CE credit, or registering/attending ANY CE course, review the Board's list of courses/activities BELOW in "CE credit is NOT allowed" and Policies You Need to Know."
Back to Top

Cultural Competence CE           Updated  1-30-2018

At this time, Cultural Competence CE is encouraged, not mandated. 

To view the OHA's training for cultural competence, click HERE.

Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI), is inviting ALL trainers/developers of cultural competence continuing education (CCCE) trainings for health professionals to submit ​an application for approval.  Please click on THIS LINK​ for all information.​

Please do not hesitate to contact Office of Equity's Emily Wang at Emily.L.Wang@state.or.us if you have any questions about this topic. In addition to email, she can be reached at: (971) 673-2307.
Back to Top

Doctor of Chiropractic CE              11-22-2017

20 hours required annually for Regular Active
  6 hours required annually for Senior Active  
Please Note: Prior to attempting to claim CE credit, or registering/attending ANY CE course, 
review the OAR 811-015-0025 (CE rule), the Board's list of courses/activities BELOW in "CE credit is NOT allowed,and Policies You Need to Know." Also any Board Mandated CE will be cited above.
At this time, Cultural Competence CE is encouraged, not mandated.  Courses approved by the Office of Equity and Inclusion can be found at THIS LINK.  All other information is available from the OEI website if you are interested.


     General CE:   Go to the OCA website
     Email:    info@ocanow.com  
     Phone:   (503) 256-1601

     General CE:  Go to the UWS website​
     Email:    ce@uws.edu​  
     Phone:   (800) 215-3716 or 503-847-2550

     Web:     Continuing Edu​cati​on​ ​
     Email:    Justin Fowler
     Phone:   (503) 552-1517  

      Web:      PACE programs
Other Online Education Options 
     AC Chiro Hours​​​
     Billing and Coding Webinars (StrategicDC.com free)
     CCEDSEMINARS (also a PACE provider)
     ChiroContinuingEd.com​ (must have the Firefox web browser AND current Adobe Reader)
     DCSeminars​ (Billing and Coding by John Schmidt DC. Call (214) 965-0244 to register
     OnlineCE (a PACE provider)

Back to Top

Chiropractic Assistant CE                  UPDATE 6-30-17

Annually, SIX (6) hours CE is required.  Note, the OBCE MAY mandate specific topics for a year. Return regularly to see if any have been designated.

Chiropractic Assistants INITIALLY licensed as of March 1, 2016 and forward must submit to the Board proof of completion of two hours in Vitals CE.  For more details refer to the next section referring to "Mandatory" CE for CAs.
For GENERAL subject CE contact any of these vendors, (the following resources are NOT exclusive)

      Oregon Chiropractic Association
      Email: chirooregon@hotmail.com
      Phone: (503) 256-1601
      Web: OCA Website​​ and CA Training options

     University of Western States
     Register by calling (800) 215-3716 or
     Email:  ce@uws.edu​ 
     Web:   Continuing E​ducation (including Online/Video)  *Not ALL courses qualify for CA CE
                (Available CE includes CPR classes)

     Scott Abrahamson, DC
     Web:  www.cacredits.org  
     Email: info@cacredits.org
     Register by Phone: (503) 635-6246

     Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards 
     PACE education   (All PACE programs are pre-approved, but choose within your scope for CE credit)


Additional Resources:
Online continuing education resources (again, this list is NOT exclusive)
        o  www.chirocredit.com (NOT all courses apply; consider those relative to the chiropractic
                assistant scope of practice: hydro-, electro-, or physiotherapy)
        o  www.cevantive.com (all ethics related issues)
Community College courses
Massage School classes (NOTE:  If you are NOT an actively-licensed Oregon LMT, dually
        licensed as a CA, you may not be eligible use this education for your CA CE renewal credit.)
CPR and/or First Aid * offered by....
        o  Red Cross   http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class​
        o  American Heart Association  
           *For documentation of CPR and/or First Aid courses, you MUST photocopy your certification
             card/s front and back, AND maintain a copy of the course flyer, outline, or syllabus showing 
             the number of hours attended.  

Back to Top

Mandatory CE for NEWLY Certified Assistants    9-28-2017

Two (2) hours Vitals, plus practical experience

REQUIREMENT DETAILS:  ALL newly licensed CAs must complete 2 hours in Vitals to include lecture and hands-on. For the hands-on portion of the training, 20 documented checks of each of the following must be performed:

1.     Blood pressure
2.     Pulse
3.     Respiration *
4.     Body temperature

A minimum of 10 different people must be tested. 

* Measuring respiration can be done by auscultation (listening with a
     stethoscope) to count the breaths or observing movements of the chest. ​

1)  Judith Allan DC 
  • ​October 29, 2017 1:30-4:30 pm
  • November 19, 2017 1:30-4:30 pm
  • ​December 17, 2017 1:30-4:30 pm
      To Register: Call (503) 516-5226​​                     

2)  OnlineCE - Register for an online course Vital Signs CA20 **

3)  CACredits.org S. Abrahamson DC Vital Signs for CAs **

University of Western States - Vitals​ **

5)  Oregon Chiropractic Association - CE Videos, including Vitals **
** The above online and video sessions do NOT include the additional hands-on portion.

NOTES: A supervising DC may provide the vitals training for his/her CAs; or, A clinic may hire other trained personnel to provide the trainings; And, the "patients" may be other staff; 

The above CA continuing education MUST be completed and proof submitted to the OBCE by the CA's second renewal date.  

EXCEPTION   CAs with current (Oregon) dual licenses (under which they have already been trained in the vitals, and can prove the training) are exempt from this Vitals CE mandate.​

Back to Top

CE Administrative Rules

The following two administrative rules regulate the continuing education DCs and CAs may take for license renewal credit. 
Continuing Education - OAR 811-015-0025​  
Chiropractic Assistants - (refer to the above rule and) OAR 811-010-0110​​
Back to Top

Policies You NEED to know         7-16-2015

     CE credit for attending OBCE public meetings - On July 16, 2015, the Board determined that a maximum of six (6) CE credit hours will be allowed annually for professional staff, committee members, and board-appointed mentors. In addition, any non-board member attending the Public Session of a board meeting will be credited up to two hours CE with a maximum of 6 hours per year. Hours will be credited based on sign-in/si​gn-out
     AlphaStim and Continuing education - On November 19, 2009, the Board established CE credit will be allowed as long as the fact is made clear to Oregon chiropractic physicians that this technique is okay for neuromusculoskeletal conditions ONLY (i.e. for pain), and not mental health conditions. 
     Educational Manual of Evidence Based Chiropractic - For each chapter read of the, the OBCE will allow two hours credit per chapter. (These hours DO NOT meet the two hours Evidence Based Outcomes Assessment CE for 1st year License Renewals) 
     University Instructors May 2005 - Teaching at a Health-Care Institution or Teaching Post-Graduate Education - The purpose of this policy is to clarify the continuing education allowance in OAR 811-015-0025 (h) teaching courses at an accredited health care institution; and (i) teaching chiropractic continuing education courses. The Board has determined that a licensee may report a maximum eight (8) credit hours per year for teaching, if he or she is the person who develops the course outline, researches the course material and then teaches the class. Because of this determination, the administrative rule citation 811-015-0025(9)(h) "teaching courses at an
accredited health care institution" does not include teaching aides, clinic or class assistants, etc. (5/19/05)

August 2005 In relation to both 811-015-0025(9)(h) "teaching courses at an accredited health care institution" and (i) "teaching chiropractic continuing education courses”; a licensee may receive credit hours for the actual time teaching the class, not for the research and development of the program.   (8/1/05)
     "Outside the box" CE activities - OAR 811-015-0025(9)(L) states that a licensee may be allowed credit for "any other course or activity specifically authorized by the OBCE."  If the rule does not clearly refer to a course or activity in which the licensee is interested, the Board interprets this language to mean licensee must submit a request for approval to the OBCE in writing, prior to completion or participation. (Refer to the full text of the rule 811-015-0025 before submitting any request.) 
     National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) PACE approved programs - The OBCE accepts all continuing education courses approved by the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Board’s PACE (Providers of Approved Continuing Education) program.  The OBCE also accepts all continuing education courses or activities that meet the criteria and requirements of OAR 811-015-0025.
     NBCE Part IV Practical Examiners - The Board considered the number of hours possible to contribute to the Part IV process and determined that the exam assistants will be allowed up to 19.5 hours continuing education credit.  The OBCE will determine the means to establish how many credit hours should be approved per exam. 
     Credit Taken 13 Months Prior to Renewal - If CE hours were taken 13 months preceding the current licensing renewal period, and the hours were submitted but NOT used toward last year’s renewal, they may be used for the current license renewal period. (In other words, CE credit taken in the licensee’s birth month may be used for the current license renewal or the next year’s renewal, as long as the licensee has met the current year’s requirement.)  In any .situation other than this CE hours may not be “carried over.”

Back to Top

Credit is NOT allowed for....           11-16-2017

CE credit is NOT ALLOWED for the following. 
        November 16, 2017 "Pound. Rock Out. Work Out" is not qualifed CE. Denied. In addition, 
"Laser-like Lipo Certification" does not qualify for CA CE credit.  
        September 22, 2017 "Love and Death, the Mystery of Identity" (mindfulness meditation) is denied for CE credit.  In addition, "Uncovering the Sun" (concentration meditation) was denied for CE credit.

        January 15, 2016, the Board determined that reading a textbook in and of itself is not valid continuing education.  The Board has allowed CE credit for “reading” in some specific pre-approved circumstances (e.g. SCUHS’s Topics in Clinical Chiropractic home study, and Chapters of the OBCE’s Education Manual for Evidence-Based Chiropractic). The Board does NOT allow CE credit for reading instruction/equipment manuals, guides, or handbooks (e.g. ICD code books, and the CME’s Guide to the DOT Physical Exam). 
December 1, 2011, the Board determined that the following CE activity is not valid for renewal credit:

       o  performing spinal screenings, or activity similar to screenings;
       o  level 100 chemistry classes;
       o  level 100 biology classes;
       o  yoga classes (unless they are "training-the-trainer");
       o  regular "meetings" with staff whether recorded or not (Any training given by the supervising/employing DC MUST be presented in a formal setting - agenda with topics, set for a specific day/time; sign in/out, and verifications of completion); if in doubt, contact the Board of Chiropractic Examiners office prior to the offering

On January 20, 2011, the Board will not allow CE credit for language courses; they do not meet the criteria in OAR 811-015-0025.

On November 18, 2010, the Board denied CE credit for this course, "Warning: The Rules of Money Have Changed" sponsored by the Washington State Chiropractic Association. This program does not meet the CE rule guidelines which require the program to "pertain to the practice of chiropractic."

On May 27, 2010, the Board denied for credit, Embryo in Motion, by Jaap van der wal

On January 13, 2010, the Board denied for credit, in part, Cascade Success Systems' Pain Management and Evidence Based Outcomes Management video courses

On  November 20, 2008, the Board denied for credit, the program, "Finding Your Medicine: Advanced Shamanic Training"

On September 8, 2008, the Board denied for credit the program, "Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)" EFT does not meet the criteria of OAR 811-015-0025 (i.e. the program is not trained by a qualified person)

On January 17, 2008, the Board established that attending an exercise class such as Pilates, is NOT valid continuing education; however,  completing the education to become a Pilates Instructor (e.g. a Pilates Pre-Training class) would be. 

On November 18, 2004, the Board established that using one’s regular daily job duties(e.g. a full time athletic trainer) is not valid continuing education; and that travelling to another country is not, in and of itself, valid "continuing education"

On November 18, 2004, the Board denied for credit the program, "Basic Spiritual Response Therapy"

Back to Top

Frequently Asked Questions

Click the link for Frequently Asked​ Questions​ 
Back to Top

OBCE Disclaimer

Neither the State of Oregon nor the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners endorse or sponsor any products, services or information provided by the contacts or links above. The educational information is provided only for the convenience and information of the public.
Back to Top