California Code of Regulations
Title 16 - Professional and Vocational Regulations
Division 4 - State Board of Chiropractic Examiners
Article 4 - Approved Schools and Qualifications of Applicants
Section 331.12.1 - Curriculum

Universal Citation: 16 CA Code of Regs 331.12.1

Current through Register 2022 Notice Reg. No. 14, April 8, 2022

All applicants for the Board Examination who matriculated into a chiropractic college prior to the passage of Proposition 15 (November 3, 1976) shall fulfill the requirements of this section.

(a) Course of Study. The school shall have established curriculum which indicates objectives, content and methods of instruction for each subject offered.

(b) Required Hours and Subjects. The school shall offer, and shall require for graduation, a course of not less than 4,000 academic hours extended over a period of four school terms of not less than nine months each. Such course shall include the minimum educational requirements set forth in Section 5 of the Act. The minimum number of hours required in the basic subjects shall be as follows:

Anatomy including embryology (minimum of 480 hours),
histology (minimum of 160 hours), and dissection
(minimum of 160 hours) 800 hours
Physiology 320 hours
Biochemistry, inorganic and organic chemistry 320 hours
Pathology (minimum of 280 hours), bacteriology
(minimum of 160 hours), and toxicology
(minimum of 40 hours) 480 hours
Public health, hygiene and sanitation, and first aid 120 hours
Diagnosis (minimum of 480 hours), pediatrics
(minimum of 40 hours), psychiatry (minimum of 40 hours),
dermatology, syphilology and serology (minimum of 40 hours),
and X-ray (minimum of 120 hours) 720 hours
Obstetrics and gynecology 120 hours
Principles and practice of chiropractic (minimum of 960 hours),
physiotherapy (minimum of 120 hours), and dietetics
(minimum of 40 hours) 1,120 hours

(c) Subject Presentation. Laboratory teaching with actual student participation must be included in anatomy, dissection, histology, chemistry, physiology, bacteriology, pathology.

The classes shall be presented in a proper sequence so that the normal shall be presented first before the abnormal is to be considered (i.e., the student must learn anatomy, chemistry and physiology before he is taught pathology and diagnosis). The subject presentation should be of a nature and depth comparable to that found at State colleges in equivalent courses.

ANATOMY: Includes gross anatomy, dissection, embryology, and histology with particular emphasis on neurology.

PHYSIOLOGY: To include the physiology of blood and lymph, circulation, respiration, excretion, digestion, metabolism, endocrines, special senses and nervous system.

CHEMISTRY: To include inorganic and organic chemistry, physical chemistry, the chemistry of foods, digestion and metabolism.

PATHOLOGY AND BACTERIOLOGY: Pathology to include general and special pathology. Bacteriology to include parasitology and serology.

PUBLIC HEALTH AND HYGIENE AND SANITATION: To include sanitary and hygienic procedures, First Aid, prevention of disease and Public Health Department regulations.

DIAGNOSIS: To include physical, clinical, laboratory and differential diagnosis; pediatrics, geriatrics, dermatology, syphilology, psychology, psychiatry and roentgenology (technique and interpretation).

OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY: To include the standard routine diagnostic procedures, and clinical and laboratory examinations.

PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF CHIROPRACTIC, DIETETICS, PHYSIOTHERAPY, AND OFFICE PROCEDURE: To include history and principles of chiropractic, spinal analysis, adjustive techniques and orthopedics.

NUTRITION: To include dietetics and clinical nutrition, including primary and secondary nutritional deficiencies.

PHYSIOTHERAPY: To include the theory, principles and use of the standard recognized physiotherapy equipment and procedures.

OFFICE PROCEDURE: To include private office and case management, the writing and completion of reports and forms for insurance claims, and the provisions, rules and regulations of the Chiropractic Act.

(d) Additional Hours and Subjects. The school, if it desires, may offer and may require for graduation, course of more than 4,000 hours. Such additional hours may be in elective subjects.

(e) Clinics. Each student shall be provided with actual clinical experience in the examining, diagnosing, and treatment of patients. Said clinical experience shall include spinal analysis, palpation, chiropractic philosophy, symptomatology, laboratory diagnosis, physical diagnosis, X-ray interpretation, postural analysis, diagnostic impressions, and adjusting of various articulations of the body, psychological counseling, dietetics and physical therapy. Individual case files on each patient together with a record of dates and treatments given and student treating shall be kept and available to the board for inspection.

Cal. Code Regs. Tit. 16, § 331.12.1

1. Amendment filed 2-27-78; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 78, No. 9).

This section was updated on 1/27/2022 by overlay.

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