Certified Chiropractic Clinical Assistants

The following courses provide continuing education for Certified Chiropractic Clinical Assistants.

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Chiropractic Assistant Courses

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CL 2261 Certified Chiropractic Clinical Assistant Training Program (24 Hours, price varies by state)


CE Hours - 24

Price - price varies by state

Provider - CCCA (www.CCCAonline.com)


Course Description

This CCCA training program was developed according to the guidelines set forth by the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB) to train chiropractic employees to safely and competently aid in patient encounters such as physiotherapy modalities, and to understand the general nuances of record-keeping, risk management, safety and ethics.

This 24-hour online program meets or exceeds all of the guidelines and competencies set forth by FCLB, contains 19 modules of study in pertinent topical areas, and includes a supplemental downloadable note packet of nearly 200 pages.


Course Topics

The program will include but not be limited to the following topics:

  • Chiropractic History
  • Communication with the DC
  • Scope of Practice
  • Safety/OSHA/Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Boundaries and Compliance
  • Documentation and Record Keeping
  • Managing Risk/Malpractice/Harassment/Cultural Sensitivity/Ethics
  • Terminology
  • Anatomy
  • Common Conditions
  • Clinical Intake Support/Temperature/Pulse & Respiration/Blood Pressure
  • Physiotherapy Overview
  • Stages of Healing
  • Heat/Cryotherapy
  • Electric Muscle Stimulation
  • Ultrasound
  • Traction/Inter-segmental Traction
  • Diathermy
  • Cold Laser
  • Tips for exam preparation

Course Structure

  1. Manual and Lab. The Manual is presented in PDF form. The Lab is presented via streaming video viewed via your web browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari). The learner will be responsible for knowing information contained in both the Manual and the Lab.
  2. Declaration of Compliance. This form must be filled out and submitted after completing the Lab section.
  3. Quiz. The quiz assessing student knowledge will be based on both the videos and notes. This assessment will help reinforce the understanding and application of the key components of the lectures and notes. Passing the quiz with a score of 75% is required for CE credit and obtaining the Certificate of Completion.
  4. Time. This system tracks the time you spend online in the course. As this is a 36-hour course, to be able to print your certificate, you must spend at least 85% of the CE hours actively engaged in the course.

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CL 3291 Vitals for Oregon Chiropractic Assistants ($40, 2 CE hours)


CE Hours - 2

Price - $40

Provider - UWS CE


Course Description

As of the current licensing year 2017, all Chiropractic Assistants seeking to renew or obtain their initial license must complete a 2 hour course covering vital signs. This course is designed to meet the 2016 Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiner (OBCE) requirements for Chiropractic Assistants. This course will cover checking the four major vital signs: blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and body temperature, how to identify variances in those vitals, defining important terms, and what to do in case of emergencies.

This online course will need to be followed up with an in person evaluation of the applicants ability to obtain vitals on a minimum of 10 people for at least 20 vitals. This in person evaluation must be performed under the supervision of a licensed health care provider who has the ability to take vitals as part of their scope of practice (i.e. another CA may not be the supervising provider). 


Course Goals

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  1. List the 4 vital signs of blood pressure, heart rate/pulse, temperature, respiration rate.
  2. Define normal and abnormal vital signs.
  3. Describe factors that influence the vital signs.
  4. Identify differences in normal vital signs for various populations.
  5. Describe basic heart anatomy.
  6. Define systole and diastole and be able to explain sytolic vs. diastolic pressure.
  7. Describe how to obtain and chart a patient's blood pressure.
  8. Recognize cardiac emergencies such as heart attack and stroke.
  9. Define hypotension vs. hypertension.
  10. Identify common places to palpate the pulse.
  11. Describe how to obtain and chart a patient's heart rate/pulse.
  12. Define tachycardia, bradycardia, and arrhythmia.
  13. Describe the ranges for normal body temperature by location.
  14. Describe the procedure for obtaining body temperature, orally, in the ear and over the forehead.
  15. Summarize the accuracy of the body temperature obtained at different locations.
  16. Define fever, hyperthermia and hypothermia.
  17. List causes and risk factors for fever, hyperthermia and hypothermia.
  18. Define respiration rate.
  19. Cite the normal range of respiration rate at different ages.
  20. Define tachypnea and bradypnea
  21. List causes and risk factors for tachypnea and bradypnea.

Course Structure

  1. Resources or activities. Read the course material and view the associated videos.
  2. Quizz(es) or assessments. Under the supervision of a DC or other trained medical provider, demonstrate your ability to obtain vitals on at least 10 different patients for a total of 20 practice sessions. Record the information on the OBCE prescribed form.
  3. Time. This system tracks the time you spend online in the course. As this is a 2-hour course, to be able to print your certificate, you must spend at least 85% of the CE hours actively engaged in the course.


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CL 3460LE Oregon Chiropractic Assistant Initial Training ($160, 8 CE hours)


CE Hours - 8

Price - $160

Provider - UWS CE


Course Description

Following the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiner's (OBCE) required curriculum, this course meets 8 of the 12 hours required to become a Chiropractic Assistant in the State of Oregon. This course will cover licensing and regulation, principles of chiropractic, basic medical terminology, patient/practitioner boundaries, understanding and following HIPAA guidelines, sanitation processes, safety measures, basic anatomy, understanding CPT timed codes and general chart noting, and how to identify the indications and contraindications for physiotherapy modalities, exercise, and soft tissue therapies.

This course will only cover the didactic/lecture requirements as outlined by the OBCE. An additional 4 hours of hands-on training will still be needed prior to submitting an application to the board.


Course Goals

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Explain the scope of practice for Chiropractic Assistants
  2. Describe the licensing and regulations for CAs in Oregon
  3. Describe the principles of chiropractic.
  4. Define basic medical terms
  5. Describe patient boundaries
  6. Demonstrate patient positioning
  7. Explain HIPAA
  8. Demonstrate sanitation and safety processes
  9. Identify basic anatomy
  10. Explain indications and contraindications for physiotherapy modalities, exercise, and soft tissue therapies
  11. Apply CPT timed codes and general chart noting

Course Structure

  1. Resources or activities. Audio recording of the lecture component of the required topics as outlined by the OBCE. Students can download a pdf version of the text to read along while listening to the lecture.  Videos from outside sources will also be shown to add further clarity to certain topics.
  2. Quizz(es) or assessments. A multiple choice test will follow the audio recording.  Students must achieve a 70% score in order to receive a passing grade.
  3. Time. This system tracks the time you spend online in the course. As this is an 8-hour course, to be able to print your certificate, you must spend at least 85% of the CE hours actively engaged in the course.


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