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RULE §73.3Approved Continuing Education Courses

(a) Approved sponsors. The board will approve courses sponsored only by a chiropractic college fully credited through the Council on Chiropractic Education or a statewide, national or international professional association, upon application to the board on a form prescribed by the board. Application forms are available from the board.

(b) Application. A separate application must be submitted for each course.

  (1) The application shall be on a form provided by the board. The application form must include the course title, subject and description, the number of requested credit hours, the date, time and location of the course, the method of instruction, the name, address and telephone number of the course coordinator, and the signature of an authorized representative of the sponsor.

  (2) In addition to the application form, a detailed hour-by-hour syllabus of the course shall be submitted to the board. The syllabus must provide detailed information sufficient to inform the board of the course material being taught in each hour block. If the course is taught by more than one instructor, the syllabus must also list the name of the instructor of each hour block.

  (3) Finally, the curriculum vitae of each instructor shall be submitted to the board.

  (4) The course application must include proposed advertising defining course content.

(c) Application deadline and fee. A sponsor may submit an application no later than 60 days prior to the date of the course, along with a nonrefundable application fee as set by the board for each course. For the purpose of this subsection, where the same course is held in multiple cities or towns, with different speakers, each location is considered a separate course. If a continuing education program consists of separate sessions or modules, on different topics and on different dates, each session or module is considered a separate course.

(d) A sponsor shall certify on the application that:

  (1) all courses offered by the sponsor for which board approval is requested will comply with the criteria in this section;

  (2) the sponsor will be responsible for verifying attendance at each course and will provide a certificate of attendance as set forth in subsection (j) of this section; and

  (3) advertising is consistent with the approved course content.

(e) Approval. The board will notify a sponsor in writing of its decision regarding approval of a continuing education course. Approval of each continuing education course is valid for one calendar year only.

(f) Rejection. The board will notify sponsor in writing of its decision regarding rejection of a continuing education course and shall report the basis for the rejection.

(g) Approved list of courses. The board will maintain a list of approved courses on their website at www.tbce.state.tx.us for compliance with §75.5 of this title (relating to Continuing Education).

(h) Criteria for continuing education courses. In order for the board to approve a course, the course must:

  (1) be presented by one or more speakers or instructors who demonstrate, through a curriculum vitae or resume, knowledge, training and expertise in the topic to be covered;

  (2) have significant educational or practical content to maintain appropriate levels of competency;

  (3) relate to the chiropractic scope of practice, as defined by the Texas Occupations Code §201.002, and §78.13 of this title (relating to Scope of Practice), or to knowledge necessary for a licensee to comply with §78.2(a)(1)(F) of this title (relating to Diligence and Efficient Practice of Chiropractic); and

  (4) be on a topic from one or more of the following categories:

    (A) general or spinal anatomy;

    (B) neuro-muscular-skeletal diagnosis;

    (C) radiology or radiographic interpretation;

    (D) pathology;

    (E) public health;

    (F) chiropractic adjusting techniques;

    (G) chiropractic philosophy;

    (H) risk management;

    (I) physiology;

    (J) microbiology;

    (K) hygiene and sanitation;

    (L) biochemistry;

    (M) neurology;

    (N) orthopedics;

    (O) jurisprudence;

    (P) nutrition;

    (Q) adjunctive or supportive therapy;

    (R) boundary (sexual) issues;

    (S) insurance reporting procedures;

    (T) chiropractic research;

    (U) HIV prevention and education;

    (V) acupuncture;

    (W) ethics;

    (X) recordkeeping, documentation, and coding; or

    (Y) other public health issues identified by the board as provided under §75.5(b)(2)(A)(iv) of this title.

(i) The board will not approve any course on practice management or accept credit for such course in satisfaction of the board's continuing education requirement for licensees.

(j) Sponsor responsibilities. A sponsor of an approved course shall:

  (1) notify the board in writing prior to any change in course location, date, or cancellation;

  (2) provide a roster of participants who attend the course which contains, at a minimum, each participant's name and current license number if a chiropractor, course number, and number of hours earned by each participant. This roster shall be submitted to the Board no later than 30 days after course completion;

  (3) provide each participant in a course with a certificate of attendance. The certificate shall contain the name of the sponsor, the name of the participant, the title of the course, the date and place of the course, the amount and type of credit earned, the course number and the signature of the sponsor's authorized representative;

  (4) assure that no licensee receives continuing education credit for time not actually spent attending the course. If any participant's absence exceeds ten minutes during any one hour period, credit for that hour shall be forfeited and noted in the sponsor's attendance roster that is submitted to the Board. Furthermore, the sponsor is responsible for seeing that each person in attendance is in place at the start of each course period;

  (5) provide the activity rosters and any other additional information about a course to the board upon request;

  (6) shall use the course title listed on the sponsor's application, and approved by the board, to advertise the course;

  (7) ensure any advertising of the course adheres to course content approved by the board; and

  (8) retain for a period of three years, for each approved course, documentation of compliance with this section, including:

    (A) the curriculum presented;

    (B) the names and vitae for each speaker;

    (C) the attendance roles; and

    (D) credit hours earned.

(k) The board may evaluate an approved sponsor or course at any time to ensure compliance with the requirement of this section. Upon the failure of a sponsor or course to comply with the requirements of this section, the board, at its discretion, may revoke the sponsor or the course's approved status.

Source Note: The provisions of this §73.3 adopted to be effective January 29, 2015, 40 TexReg 379; transferred effective November 1, 2018, as published in the Texas Register October 19, 2018, 43 TexReg 6963

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