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Continuing Education

2015 & 2016 DC & CA CE Mandates REVISED 6-8-15

For the 2016 License Year  - Revision 5/21/15

DCs – You have two separate CE requirements in 2016


·          Record Keeping


UPDATE:  The Board reconsidered its 2016 Record Keeping CE requirement for doctors at their May 2015 meeting.  The mandated hours were REDUCED from six to TWO.  New DCs renewing for the first time are exempt from this requirement.


DOCTORS, please notice these hours must be completed by December 31, 2016 regardless of your birth  renewal month.  (Click here to read “What if…” Examples)  Proof of completion must be submitted to the Board upon completion of the required 6 hours and no later than December 31, 2016.

These two hours in record keeping may be completed as part of the licensee’s  annual CE requirement (First year Licensees are Exempt). The content of the CE presentation  (given by a Board-Approved Vendor) must be a thorough review of the Board's "
Record Keeping Check List." (a document created by the Board as a guide for licensees.) A list of approved vendors will be provided at a later date.


For an OPTIONAL, additional two hours credit  The Board-Approved CE vendor/presenter may ADD two more CE hours to the course and have attendees bring a redacted copy of their charts and compare it to the OBCE's Checklist. Signed affidavits will be required as proof of the additional two hours.


·          Cultural Competence


Two (2) hours in Cultural Competence in 2016.  This is a requirement of the legislature and the Oregon Health Authority - Office of Equity and Inclusion has been appointed the task to  "… create, maintain and make available a list of approved continuing education opportunities for developing cultural competence for regulated health care professionals."  (See OAR 943-090-0000 through 943-090-0020.) Each regulatory board will be required to report whether all licensees have complied.


Chiropractic Assistants (CAs) – Two hours Vitals and  plus practical experience


ALL CAs must complete 2 hours in Vitals to include lecture and demonstration.  In addition, a practical (not included in the two hours) session is required for each CA. The CA must complete 20 documented checks** of each of the following:

1.     Blood pressure

2.     Pulse

3.     Respiration 

4.     Body temperature

      **a minimum of 10 different people must be tested. 

The above training must be provided by one of the clinic’s supervising DCs, OR a board approved vendor. 

The above CA continuing education requirement MUST be completed between Aug 1, 2015 through Jul 31, 2016. The hours are DUE and reportable BY July 31, 2016.  

​​The supervising DC is responsible to verify by signature the successful completion of the two hours vitals lecture (didactic) and the 20 practical checks.  Please use the Board's prescribed form for recording the checks. Notice on the form that the DC or other authorized representative may record the "patient's" initials. Note: The Board allows that the "patient" may be staff, OR the clinic's actual patients.

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1st/2nd Year Doctor CE Reqm't 4-16-2015

SPECIFIC requirements for annual renewal   
By the FIRST license renewal date, complete a total of six (6) CE hours
  • Two hours of Evidence-Based Outcomes Management.  Click THIS LINK to see the criteria of qualified CE*.  
(* NOTE: Reading the OBCE's Educational Manual on Evidence-Based Chiropractic DOES NOT meet this requirement)
  • Four hours of Over-the-Counter Medications training.   
    Resources for OTC and Evidence-based Outcomes Management
  1. University of Western States or call (503) 251-5719 
  2. Oregon Chiropractic Association   Email call (503) 256-1601
  3. OnlineCE (ChiroCredit.com)  (EBOM only)

Prior to the SECOND license renewal, you must complete 20 HOURS, 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)
  • Six hours of Pain Management education. This link - EVENTS - will take you to the Pain Commission's ongoing list of qualified programs (Seminar, online, DVD, etc.)
Read the Pain Commission's 2012 updated curriculum to determine whether any other course meets the pain management criteria. 
  • In addition, and as directed by ORS 409.560 and 409.565, the Pain Management Commission 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.  Choose either the Adobe or Word version of the module   
One Hour Pain Management Module:   PDF version   MS Word version 
If you have trouble printing your completion certificate, email the Help Desk at the Commission.
    Resources for Pain Management (live, online or DVD education)
  1. Web: Pain Society of Oregon​ or Email or Call 541-345-7300
  2. Web: University of Western States Continuing EducationEmail or Call (503) 251-5719
  3. Web: Oregon Chiropractic AssociationEmail or Call (503) 256-1601
  4. Web: Oregon Pain Management Commission Events  
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."
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Chiropractic Assistant CE 5-14-2015

 SIX (6) hours required annually 
(For GENERAL Subject CE, the following list of vendors is NOT exclusive.)

Any Board-Mandated CE is cited above.

In addition to the July 2016 Vitals CE requirement discussed above, the Board has mandated that these two hours in vitals (with the practical application) be completed by every NEW CA before their FIRST renewal - This mandate is effective as of July 1, 2015.
Oregon Chiropractic Association
      Phone: (503) 256-1601
Janice Justice, DC
     Register by email: drjanicejustice@gmail.com
     Phone: (866) 289-9084 (The phone number is provided, but email is the preferred contact)
     What:  Distant Learning (online) options
University of Western States
     Register by calling (800) 215-3716 or
     Email:   Alisa Fairweather ce@uws.edu​ 
     What:   Continuing Education  (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
And yet, other ideas for CA CE 

           *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.  

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Doctor of Chiropractic CE 4-16-2015

 20 hours required annually for Regular Active
   6 hours required annually for Senior Active
NOTE: Prior to attempting to claim CE credit, or registering/attending ANY CE course, review the OAR 811-015-0025 (CE rule) and the Board's list of courses/activities BELOW in "CE credit is NOT allowed" and Policies You Need to Know." 
     Web:     Continuing Education Order Form (for video CE)

     Email:    info@ocanow.com 
     Phone:   (503) 256-1601


UPCOMING:  UWS 15th Annual NW Symposium - October 16-18, 2015​
                     Register: ce@uws.edu​  OR call (800) 215-3716

     Email:    Alisa Fairweather  
     Phone:   (800) 215-3716 or 503-847-2550

     Web:     Continuing Education 
     Email:    Justin Fowler
     Phone:   (503) 552-1517  


OREGON X-RAY COUNCIL (videos) Call (503) 635-0105

Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB) PACE Programs​
Other Online Education Options
     Billing and Coding Webinars (StrategicDC.com free)
     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.k.a. ChiroCredit.com)
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Credit is NOT allowed for....

CE credit is NOT ALLOWED for the following.
  1. December 1, 2011, the Board determined that the following CE activity is not valid for renewal credit:
    • performing spinal screenings, or activity similar to screenings;
    • level 100 chemistry classes;
    • level 100 biology classes;
    • yoga classes (unless they are "training-the-trainer");
    • 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
  2. On January 20, 2011 the Board will not allow CE credit for language courses; it does not meet the criteria in OAR 811-015-0025.
  3. On November 18, 2010, the Board denied CE credit for "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."
  4. On May 27, 2010, the Board denied for credit, Embryo in Motion, by Jaap van der wal
  5. On January 13, 2010, the Board denied for credit, in part, Cascade Success Systems' Pain Management and Evidence Based Outcomes Management video courses
  6. 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. 
  7. 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"
  8. On January 15, 2004, the Board established that "reading a textbook" in and of itself is not valid continuing education.  Alternatively, home study programs such as Southern California University of Health Sciences' Topics in Clinical Chiropractic series are accepted.
  9. On  November 20, 2008, the Board denied for credit, the program, "Finding Your Medicine: Advanced Shamanic Training"
  10. 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)
  11. On November 18, 2004, the Board denied for credit the program, "Basic Spiritual Response Therapy"
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Policies You NEED to know


1.     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. 

2.     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) 

3.     Clarification of OAR 811-015-0025(9)(h) and (i) - University Instructors (aides & clinic assistants excluded)

4.     Oregon Administrative Rule regarding "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.) 

5.     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.

6.     National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Part IV Exam