Continuing Educational Requirements
1. General provisions
A. Beginning with the January 1, 2004 license biennium, the total number of CEUs/hours will increase to forty eight 48).
B. Such evidence, on forms acceptable to the Board, must be submitted before November 1 of the year during which the current license expires.
C. A license cannot be renewed without evidence of having fulfilled the continuing education requirements.
D. CEUs/hours earned in the current biennium, that are in excess of the requirements for license renewal, may not be applied retroactively nor carried forward to a subsequent license renewal period.
E. The Board, at its discretion, may grant an extension of time for completion of all or part of the continuing education requirements to a licensee who, because of extenuating circumstances, has been unable to meet the continuing education requirements during the license biennium. The Board requires verification of the extenuating circumstance.
F. The Board will approve CEUs/hours taken for credit towards license renewal. Such approvals may take the form of:
1. Program approval(s) granted by the Board to the sponsor or instructor of a continuing professional education offering.
2. Individual requests for credit granted by the Board to a licensee or an offering whose sponsor or instructor did not seek program approval.
3. Program approval(s) granted by the Board to organizations whose continuing education standards have been approved by the Board.
G. The Board shall annually review the standards used in determining such approval(s).
H. The Board may waive particular rules regarding continuing professional education in specific situations for licensees. Such waivers shall only be effective when recorded in the official minutes of the Board.
I. There shall be two types of continuing professional education approved by the Board; Category 1 and Category 2. (In each category, the unit or hour represents one clock hour).
1. Category 1 activities include (documented physical attendance required);
a. Courses sponsored or co-sponsored by agencies, organizations, or institutions that have obtained United States Office of Education accreditation, that are within the health professions and have been approved by the Board; or b. Courses offered by individuals that are sponsored by national or state professional associations, which are within the health professions and have been approved by the Board. c. Each Category 1 course must present subject material related to the concepts of chiropractic principles and practice including, but not limited to, diagnostic procedures, patient care and management. The Board establishes the following criteria. i. Principles in the practice of chiropractic including, but not limited to: Chiropractic treatment and adjusting technique(s). Physical, laboratory, orthopedic, neurologic examination and diagnosis. Radiology, its technique and interpretation. Nutrition and dietetics. Ancillary procedures related to chiropractic healthcare. Chiropractic history and theory. ii. Chiropractic office procedures including, but not limited to: Regulatory compliance and risk management.
Insurance procedures and reporting.
Public service programs and other community service activities (i.e. screenings, sports programs, patient education programs, etc.) iii. Category 1 courses may not be attended more than once for continuing professional education credit in the current license biennium.
2. Category 2 activities include:
a. Instruction/teaching, including teaching chiropractic students, chiropractic doctors, other health professionals and corporations, businesses and groups interested in the subject of chiropractic health;
b. Preparing and publishing research papers or case studies, writing on health subjects or making presentations to a professional audience;
c. Participating in inspection programs for accreditation and/or approval of colleges or clinics, administering and participating in programs or examinations leading to chiropractic licensure or post-graduation certification;
d. Self-instruction such as reading health related professional publications, and/or distance learning as it relates, the use of health-related audio tapes, videotapes, slides, programmed instructions or computer-assisted programs;
e. Peer review activities such as chiropractic audit, utilization review or participating in a peer review organization;
f. Professional self-assessment programs;
g. Meritorious learning experiences that are individually approved by the Board;
h. CPR certification, CPR recertification, basic/advanced first aid training; or
i. Wellness programs.
J. Continuing Professional Education Requirements Each chiropractic doctor licensed by the Board, shall complete during the current biennium, a minimum of twenty four (24)( units of Category 1 continuing education). Beginning with the January 1, 2002 license biennium, each chiropractic doctor shall complete thirty six (36) units of continuing education; a minimum of twenty four (24) units in Category 1 and up to twelve (12) units in Category 2. Beginning with the January 1, 2004 license biennium, each chiropractic doctor shall complete forty eight (48) units of continuing education; a minimum of thirty six (36) units in Category 1 and up to twelve (12) units in Category 2.
K. Continuing Education Officer 1. At the first annual meeting or when necessary, the Board shall designate a member of the Board to serve as the continuing education officer. 2. The continuing education officer shall be responsible for coordinating all aspects of these rules that apply to continuing professional education. L. Approval for Continuing Education Professional Programs An application for approval, by the Board, of a course shall be made in writing and submitted to the Board together with supporting documents on forms prescribed by the Board, which include a minimum of the following items: 1. Syllabus or program outline. 2. Information specifying the classroom units/hours of each segment of the program. 3. A vitae of each instructor. 4. Information that describes the method used to verify and confirm attendance of each participant.
Chiropractor means the art and science of identification and correction of subluxation and the accompanying physiological or mechanical abnormalities. The term subluxation, as utilized within the chiropractic health care system, means a structural or functional impairment of an intact articular unit. “Chiropractic” includes chiropractic acupuncture. Chiropractic recognizes the inherent recuperative capability of the human body as it relates to the spinal column, musculo-skeletal and nervous system.
How to apply
* Application fee: $150.00
* License fee: $300.00
* Criminal background check fee: $21.00
* Biennial (2 years)
* Cycle: December 31st odd numbered year
General Requirements for All Applicants
* Completed initial application to include:
o Completed Application with appropriate fee
o Credit Card form, if desired
o Pre-chiropractic transcript (The pre-chiropractic transcript must document that you have completed a course in Biology and English.)
o Chiropractic transcript. This document must be an original and officially issued by the institution with the school seal affixed.
o Chiropractic diploma. A copy of this document is acceptable.
o Exam scores from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners You must have passed Parts I, II, III, IV and Physiotherapy.
o Verification of Licensure from any and all states that you current hold or have held a Chiropractic License.
o You must take and pass the Maine Jurisprudence take home examination.
* Application form
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Renewal fees and information
* Annual renewal fee $300.00
* Renews biennially on December 31st on odd numbered years
* Renewal applications received after the expiration date will require a late fee of $50.00
* An individual who submits an application for renewal more than 90 days after the license expiration date is subject to all requirements governing new applicants under this chapter, except that the board may, in its discretion and giving due consideration to the protection of the public, waive examination if that renewal application is made within 2 years from the date of that expiration. The board may assess penalty fees for late renewals. The ninety-day extended renewal period should not in any way be construed to permit the practice of chiropractic after the date of expiration.
* Renewal remindersare mailed approximately 60 days prior to the license expiration date to the last known address on file. It is the licensee’s responsibility to keep the Board informed of his or her current mailing address.
* Continuing Education – You must have completed 48 hours of board approved continuing education.
* Fill out the online renewal application and submit.
The Department must verify that you have met all the conditions for renewal before your license is renewed. Online submission of your renewal application should not be construed as automatic renewal of your license.
Last Updated: April 24, 2009