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Practitioners are required to have completed twenty-four (24) hours of continuing education acquired after July 1, 2014. Included within the twenty-four (24) hour requirement are eight (8) hours of approved courses in public health and/or risk management.
Continuing education is not required for the year in which the initial license was issued. Therefore, a person who was issued an original chiropractic license between the dates of July 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015 is only required to submit twelve (12) hours of continuing education including four (4) hours of public health and/or risk management courses. A person who is issued an original license after July 1, 2015 is not required to submit continuing education for the next renewal.
Approval of Chiropractic Continuing Education Programs
Under the statutory provision as listed below, if a program is designed to directly enhance the practitioner's knowledge and skill in providing services relevant to the chiropractor's profession or occupation and falls under an "Approved Organization" it is no longer necessary to submit an application for continuing education approval by the Indiana Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
Under IC 25-1-4-0.2:
Sec. 0.2. As used in this chapter, "approved organization" refers to the following:
Also, under IC 25-1-4-0.5:
Sec. 0.5. As used in this chapter, "continuing education means an orderly process of instruction that is approved by an approved organization or the board that is designed to directly enhance the practitioner's knowledge and skill in providing services relevant to the practitioner's profession or occupation.
Approved Organization with Automatic Approval
All programs, which are sponsored by the above organizations, must directly enhance the practitioner's knowledge and skill in providing services relevant to the chiropractic profession.
Risk management is defined as the chiropractor's legal responsibility to his or her patient as provided by 846 IAC 1-3-3 and IC 25-1-9.
Continuing Education Certificates
A licensee is not required to submit copies of their continuing education certificates at the time of renewal. By renewing online or signing the renewal application you swear or affirm under the penalties of perjury that you have completed the continuing education requirement. A practitioner shall retain copies of continuing education certificates for three (3) years from the end of the licensing period. After the renewal, a percentage of practitioners will be chosen in a random audit to submit copies of their continuing education certificates. If the practitioner does not comply with the audit the Board will proceed with action against the licensee.
Copies of Statute and Rules
Copies of the statute and rules that relate to renewal and continuing education are available to download at Chiropractic Statues and Rules.