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Chiropractic Assistant

ZZZ626 Chiropractic Assistant

Chiropractic offices need specialized support staff to run an efficient medical office. Chiropractic Assistants work under the supervision of Chiropractors to perform a wide variety of therapeutic treatments and front office duties.  The scope of services to be performed by a Chiropractic Assistant may include: hydrotherapy (the application of heat and cold); electrotherapy; physiotherapy (therapeutic massage, traction, instruction in home therapies and exercises, instruction in the use of structural supports, crutches, walkers or canes); patient positioning and draping; and note taking and charting.

Chiropractic Assistant Program

This 50 hour program prepares students for a career as a Chiropractic Assistant in the expanding field of chiropractic healthcare through both classroom lecture and hands on labs.   The student will receive an overview of administrative front office duties; chiropractic and patient education issues; anatomy and physiology; chiropractic terminology; chiropractic billing & coding; and the legal aspects of chiropractic care.  Additionally, students will review “therapeutic skills” including: massage basics; vital signs; T.E.N.S.; ultrasound; cryotherapy; and other therapeutic modalities.

Chiropractic Technicians / Assistants – Employment & Education

Chiropractic assistants work in Chiropractic practices and may be assigned the following positions: front-desk receptionist, back-office or therapy assistant, exam or x-ray technician, insurance and collections clerk, office or public relations manager, and new-patient advocate.

Educational Requirements* Must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

NOTE: this program does not include a national or state certification or a clinical rotation as part of its overall objectives.

Chiropractic Assistant – Detailed Course Information

The curriculum for the Chiropractic Assistant program includes:

  • Understanding of the history of the chiropractic profession.
  • Medical Terminology
  • Basic anatomy and physiology with a focus on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems
  • The “subluxation complex”.
  • Medical records and the skills related to great medical records note taking.
  • Keys to working with worker’s compensation and motor vehicle collision cases.
  • The “informed consent” and how to apply this to chiropractic care.
  • The use of good office etiquette to keep the office a friendly work environment including time management skills.
  • Understanding what types of emergencies can present to a chiropractic office and what you can do to provide the correct care.
  • Biohazard waste procedure.
  • Vital signs and how to obtain them.
  • Legal issues associated with physiotherapy and patient’s rights.
  • Various modalities of physiotherapy and how to safely apply them.
  • Basic terminology of radiology and radiographic guidelines that are used in chiropractic.
  • The concepts of exercise and rehabilitation.
  • Review of therapeutic skills including massage basics; vital signs; T.E.N.S.; ultrasound; cryotherapy; and other therapeutic modalities.  

Program Note: This program is intended to train students for entry level Chiropractic Assistant positions or to prepare students for more formal longer term program

 

Class Schedule (ZZZ626A1)

10/16 – 12/6/2017; no class on 11/22
Mon/Wed 6:00pm – 9:30pm, Room A309
Tuition: $999.00 and includes all materials and books

Please contact Dawn Smith at 973.300.2316 or email djsmith@sussex.edu for more information.