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Chapter 100-5 CONTINUING EDUCATION

Rule 100-5-.01 Hours Required

(1) Each licensed chiropractor is required to obtain a minimum of twenty (20) hours of Board-approved continuing education per year in order to renew his/her license.
(a) Courses dealing with practice building or practice management will not be accepted by the Board for the purpose of satisfying the requirement of O.C.G.A. § 43-9-11.
(b) Each licensed chiropractor shall maintain in his/her own possession certificates of attendance at continuing education meetings for a period of 4 years from the date of the program.
(c) Each doctor of chiropractic is responsible for deter mining in advance that the courses which he/she proposes to attend are sponsored by an approved provider.
(2) Successful licensure candidates are automatically exempt from meeting the continuing education requirement in the calendar year said candidate is licensed.

Rule 100-5-.02 Approval of Educational Programs

(1) A chiropractor must obtain a minimum of twenty (20) hours of continuing education per annum. Of these twenty (20) hours, fifteen (15) must be in chiropractic clinical science and must be on a topic in compliance with the current scope of practice, four (4) hours must be in ethics or risk management, and one (1) hour must be in Georgia Laws and Rules (NOTE: non-resident chiropractors, licensed but not practicing in Georgia, may take an additional hour of continuing education in the chiropractic clinical sciences or risk management in lieu of the required hour in Georgia Laws and Rules).
(a) Approved areas of study to satisfy the fifteen (15) hours in chiropractic clinical science are:
1. Examination Procedures/Diagnoses
2. Adjustive Technique
3. Radiographic Technique/Safety
4. Diagnostic Imaging Interpretation
5. Nutrition
6. Research Trends
7. Physiological Therapeutics
8. Chiropractic Philosophy; a maximum of 3 hours credit in chiropractic philosophy will be considered by the Board for continuing education approval.
9. Clinical documentation which includes insurance billing/reporting/coding and procedures; a maximum of 4 hours credit in clinical documentation will be considered by the Board for continuing education approval.
(b) Approved areas of study to satisfy the four (4) hours in ethics or risk management are:
1. Risk Management
2. Chiropractic Medical/Legal
3. Public Health Issues
4. Professional Conduct/Boundaries Issues
5. Scope of Practice.
(c) Non-resident chiropractors, licensed but not practicing in Georgia, may take an additional hour of continuing education in the chiropractic clinical sciences or risk management in lieu of the required hour in Georgia Laws and Rules.
(d) Courses specifically excluded from continuing education approval include, but are not limited to the following:
1. Practice Management or Practice Building.
2. Courses which have content beyond the scope of practice as defined by Georgia law.
(e) Current members of the Georgia Board of Chiropractic Examiners shall receive four (4) hours of continuing education credit in ethics or risk management and one (1) hour of continuing education credit in Georgia laws and rules during each year that they serve on the Board.
(f) Licensees that assist with the administration of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners National Board Examination shall receive fifteen (15) hours of clinical science continuing education credit per each examination administration, four (4) hours of continuing education credit in ethics or risk management and one (1) hour of continuing education credit in Georgia laws and rules.
(g) Up to eight (8) hours of continuing education in clinical sciences may be obtained per year by teaching clinical or chiropractic sciences courses at any CCE-accredited college or school.

These hours shall be awarded in writing by the course director/dean at the college or school.

(2) Courses must be those in which actual attendance by the licensee shall be required. However, distance based learning courses offered via audio/visual electronic media, such as the internet, may be approved by the Board if the course meets the following criteria:
(a) The course must meet all of the requirements as cited in this Rule.
(b) The program must be test and time monitored to insure active participation by the licensee.
(c) No more than twenty (20) hours per biennial renewal period can be taken via audio/visual/electronic media, such as on-line/internet courses.

Rule 100-5-.03 Reporting and Auditing of Hours

(1) At the time of license renewal, each licensee shall certify to the Georgia Board of Chiropractic Examiners that he/she has completed the continuing education required for license renewal.
(2) The staff of the State Examining Boards shall audit the continuing education of a percentage of licensees determined by the Board, not to exceed 15%, of the licensed chiropractors, randomly selected, in the state per biennium for compliance with all rules and regulations.

Rule 100-5-.04 Application for Approval and Responsibilities of Providers

(1) Chiropractic Colleges and/or schools accredited by the Commission on Chiropractic Education are awarded blanket approval to provide continuing education programs on topics which fall within the current scope of practice in Georgia.
(2) Professional associations (Georgia Chiropractic Association and Georgia Council on Chiropractic or their subsequent organizations) in Georgia are awarded blanket approval to provide continuing education programs on topics which fall within the current scope of practice in Georgia.
(3) All continuing education providers must assure that the courses taught are on a topic in compliance with the current scope of practice.
(4) All other continuing education providers must apply for approval by the Georgia Board and must provide the following information to the board for consideration:
1. Each sponsor or provider shall have an administrator whose responsibility is to maintain the criteria for quality in programming.
2. Providers shall use qualified personnel to develop and present the programs, which shall utilize appropriate instructional materials and resources.
3. Providers shall provide to the Board adequate advanced promotional information, material about target audiences, program content, and faculty credentials.
4. Providers shall provide a means of registration of the participants at each program and maintain a record of attendance for a period of three years from the date of the program.
5. Providers shall develop policies and procedures for the management of grievances.
(5) All continuing education providers seeking approval of the continuing education program by the Georgia Board of Chiropractic Examiners shall submit a Program Approval Form for each program presented. These forms should be submitted 60 days in advance of the program to be considered for approval.
(6) Providers shall provide each participant with adequate documentation of his/her successful completion of the program. The documentation shall include but is not limited to:
(a) Name and license number of participant;
(b) Name of provider;
(c) Name and title of program;
(d) Hours/CEU's completed;
(e) Date of completion;
(f) Authorizing signature; and
(g) Board issued program approval number.
(7) Per O.C.G.A. § 43-9-11, the Georgia Board of Chiropractic Examiners reserves the right to audit and/or deny any continuing education provider who does not meet the criteria, laws, rules and regulations of the board pertaining to continuing education.
(8) The Board reserves the right for its representative to attend or conduct any on-sight audit of any continuing education program. Any fees associated with such audit must be waived by the provider. No continuing education credit would be awarded for such participation.