Arizona Chiropractic Clinical Assistant Certification - Chiropractic Assistant

Arizona Chiropractic Clinical Assistant Certification

Chiropractic Principles                     

Summarize the history of Chiropractic

Describe the basics of Chiropractic Philosophy

Explain Chiropractic, Adaptation and Innate Intelligence

Describe how Chiropractic is built upon the basic sciences of anatomy (structure), physiology (function) and the clinical sciences (patient application).

Explain how Chiropractic affects specific conditions     

Explain the basis of chiropractic, as taught by DD Palmer

Recite DD Palmer's definition of disease

Explain the Founder's concept of subluxation

Using DD's words, justify the statement: Spine straightening is not chiropractic

Compare and contrast spinal manipulation with chiropractic adjustment

Define intelligence

Describe the process of falsification and how it is applied to science

Explain why intelligence must precede energy/matter

Explain why the placebo effect cannot exist in a mechanistic world view

Explain why adaptation is the basis of chiropractic research


History Taking                                               

Interview a patient using the skills of the patient-centered interview

Elicit from patients their stories of illness, while pursuing the broader life setting in which symptoms occur

Elicit from patients key information in their medical, family, and psychosocial histories

Recognize and respond appropriately to a patient’s emotions as they are expressed

Support and encourage expression of patients’ emotions

Critically assess one’s own performance and use of interviewing skill

Develop interpersonal skills enabling the establishment of long-term relationships with patients.


Record Keeping                    

Demonstrate a basic understanding of ICD-9 codes and CPT codes

Outline the skills for medical documentation record keeping for proper patient care and adherence to insurance protocolsDiscuss the History of HIPAA

Define the terminology of HIPAA i.e.: PHI, IIHI, NPP, TPO, NPI, EIN, EDI, etc.

Contrast covered entities vs. non-covered entities

Apply best practices for using abbreviations, addressing legibility, authentication of signatures, and managing the day-to-day flow of your patient records

Delineate the beginning and end of episodes of patient care, how to record these episodes, and how to best address these boundaries with patients

Define medically necessary care, and differentiate it from clinically appropriate care

Assess examples we’ll use of documentation across the life cycle of the patient’s chart from history to discharge and on through maintenance and wellness care                  

Describe outcome assessment and its application in patient-centered care

Explain how outcome assessment documentation benefits the patient, the clinician, the profession, and third party payors

Define the skills necessary to incorporate an outcomes-based approach to patient-centered health care

Summarize the importance of integrating the use of treatment goals with patients

Assess sample clinical treatment notes

Differentiate between acceptable and unacceptable daily treatment notes

Demonstrate the application of outcome assessment through clinical examples


Professional Standards of Conduct

 Cite the Arizona administrative code as it pertains to chiropractic assistants

Identify the goal of professional ethics activity.

Describe the basic idea of a caring response and some ways this response in a professional relationship is distinguished from expressions of care in other types of relationships.

Identify three component parts of any ethical problem.

Describe what an agent is and, more importantly, what it is to be a moral agent.

Name the three prototypical ethical problems.

Describe the role of emotions in ethical distress.

Distinguish between two varieties of ethical distress.

Compare the fundamental difference between ethical distress and an ethical dilemma.

Define ethical paternalism or parentalism.

Describe a type of ethical dilemma that challenges a professionals desire (and duty) to treat everyone fairly and equitably.

Identify the fundamental difference between distress or dilemma problems and locus of authority problems.

Identify four criteria that will assist you in deciding who should assume authority for a specific ethical decision to achieve a caring response.

Identify the ways which gender affects the Doctor/Patient relationship

Describe what accounts for the differences, in practice style and patient care, between males and females healthcare providers

Review sexuality as it relates to the Doctor/Patient relationship

Define Touch as it relates to perception, gender and culture

Discuss the giving up of power as it relates to patients and touch

Recognize the perception, intention, and uses of touch

Discuss ways to defuse attraction

Develop guidelines of dealing with a patient who is attracted to you

Develop guidelines of dealing with feeling an attraction

Discuss the six factors for a safe practice

Describe the new partnership between healthcare providers and patients 


Treatment & Conditions      

Compare and contrast the etiology of neck pain

Describe the clinical presentation of numerous common cervical conditions

Outline the diagnostic evaluation of common cervical conditions

Differentiate cervicogenic headache from migraine

Explain the standard treatment approaches to numerous cervical spine conditions

Describe the risk factors associated with vertebrobasilar artery insufficiency

Summarize the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of whiplash

Describe the clinical presentation of numerous common thoracic conditions

Outline the diagnostic evaluation and treatment of common thoracic conditions

Differentiate thoracic zygapophysial joint pain from costovertebral joint pain

Identify the causes of upper cross syndrome

Compare the clinical presentation of vascular versus neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome

Describe Scheuermann Disease

Describe the clinical presentation of numerous common lumbar and sacroiliac conditions

Outline the diagnostic evaluation and treatment of common lumbar and sacroiliac conditions

Differentiate Maigne syndrome and piriformis syndrome

List the signs and symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis

Recognize the difference between sacro-iliac joint syndrome and lumbar zygapophysial joint pain

Describe the common treatment approaches for lower cross syndrome

Explain functional weakness in the lumbar spine

Compare and contrast cauda equina syndrome and lumbar spinal stenosis

Describe the clinical presentation of numerous systemic conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system

Outline the diagnostic evaluation and treatment of common systemic conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system

Explain the relationship between osteoporosis and spinal compression fractures

Describe the clinical progression in ankylosing spondylitis

Summarize the findings in intervertebral disc disruption and spinal nerve root compression

Distinguish osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease

Identify risk factors to developing myofascial pain syndrome and spondylolisthesis

Describe the clinical presentation of common metabolic and systemic conditions that may be encountered in clinical practice

Assess how different metabolic and systemic conditions can influence the patient’s overall health

Explain how certain conditions are caused and effected by life style choices

Summarize standard current treatment approaches for common metabolic and systemic conditions

Recognize the differences and similarities of common inflammatory arthropathies

Describe the mechanism of the development of chronic pain syndrome

Differentiate between the production of pain and the perception of pain

Recognize how central sensitization occurs

Explain the concept of visceral referred pain

Identify common referral patterns for visceral pain


CPR Training 

The CA Candidate must complete the 4 hour CPR training and receive certification in Basic Life Support certified by the American Heart Association. Courses are provide by the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross as well as a number of private training providers.  We will provide links to the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross CPR training sites


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