CCE Backs Off on Physical Therapy Requirements

CCE Backs Off on Physical Therapy Requirements

This section is compiled by Frank M. Painter, D.C.
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On Jan. 11 2004, following two years of consideration and investigation, the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) Board of Directors voted in its semi-annual business meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., to table the proposal recommending physiological therapeutics be included in the required curricular offerings in accredited Doctor of Chiropractic Degree Programs. Dr. Charles Sawyer, chair of the study committee formed in a year ago, told the CCE Board of Directors in the work session held Jan. 10 that the committee recommended physiological therapeutics be added to the required curricular content in the Standards of the Council on Chiropractic Education effective January 2004.

In his report, Sawyer, senior vice president of Northwestern Health Sciences University, told the CCE board that the committee recommendation addressed the presentation of principles of physiologic therapeutics in the classroom, but did not include a mandate requiring hands-on instruction in the application of therapeutic modalities or the use of physiologic therapeutics in the teaching clinics of any chiropractic colleges. Both the Review Committee and the Executive Committee of the CCE’s board recommended approval of the proposal to the members of the board of directors.

Presently, Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic is the only remaining chiropractic degree program that does not teach physiologic therapeutics in its curriculum or incorporate its use in patient care in its teaching clinics. There were several interested members of the Sherman administrative team present for the voting meeting on Jan. 11. It was interesting to note that the motion to table the recommendation of the study committee was made by the chair of the committee, Sawyer.

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