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Washington

WASHINGTON CHIROPRACTIC QUALITY ASSURANCE COMMISSION
Licensure Date: 1919

Directory page updated 1/23/2017

The Federation does not provide interpretation of the scope of practice laws or rules of any chiropractic licensing authority, nor can we provide specific details regarding licensing requirements.  The educational and testing requirements for each State or Province set forth in this Directory are intended as a general guide.  It is strongly recommended that anyone interested in becoming licensed in a particular State or Province contact the Board office or the Secretary of the respective board to secure current and complete details before matriculating in any school. 
Bob Nicoloff, Executive Director
Leann Yount, Program Manager
For CE/Commission Requests & Correspondence:
Department of Health
Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission
P.O. Box 47858
Olympia, WA 98504-7858

For Transcripts & Application Materials:
Department of Health
Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission
P.O. Box 47877
Olympia, WA 98504-7877

Mailing Licensing and Renewal Fees:
Department of Health
Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission
P.O. Box 1099
Olympia, WA 98507-1099

Physical Address:
111 Israel Rd, SE
Tumwater, WA 98504

For Licensing Information Contact:
Customer Service Center (360) 236-4700

For Disciplinary Information Contact:

Tammy Kelley (360) 236-4905


For Commission Information Contact:

Leann Yount (360) 236-4856 or Jessica Jorgensen (360) 236-2868

For CE Approval Information Contact:

Leann Yount (360) 236-4856

Fax: (360) 236-2901
(Do not use FAX for applications)

E-Mail Address: leann.yount@doh.wa.gov or tammy.kelley@doh.wa.gov

Time Zone: Pacific
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; M-F
Counter Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, M-F
Web address: www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/Chiropractor.aspx
Term: Annual (on birthday)
Criminal background check: Yes
Fingerprinting: Out-of-state applicants only
Application fee: $405* (non-refundable)
License Renewal fee: $457* (NOTE - $100 fee decrease effective January 2015)
* includes the required $25 Univ of WA library access fee
Preceptor/Intern/Extern Program: Students may intern under licensed D.C., provided D.C.s licensed for more than 5 years and in good standing, maintains malpractice insurance and applies to become an approved supervisor. Read WAC 246-808-190 for more details.
Require supervised practice prior to full licensure: No 
License(s) Required for Practice: Chiropractic
Optional Certification: n/a 
CONTINUING EDUCATION:  
Requirements: 25 hours per year (birthdate renewal)
Distance Credits Allowed: up to 12
Program Criteria: WAC 246-808-150 “Commission approved continuing education” (1) Licensed chiropractors must complete twenty-five hours of continuing education as required in RCW 18.25.070.
Accepts uniform continuing education form: WAC 246-808-155 “Prior approval not required.” (1) It shall be unnecessary for a chiropractor to inquire into the prior approval of any continuing chiropractic education. The commission shall accept any continuing chiropractic education that falls within these regulations and relies upon each individual chiropractor’s integrity in complying with this requirement

Requires sexual boundaries training: No
Requires AIDS awareness/risk prevention training: Initial licensure 4 hours
Other specific CE training required:
3 hours one time in suicide screening and referral (EHB 1424)

CONDITIONS FOR RECIPROCITY/ENDORSEMENT:
A license to practice chiropractic in another jurisdiction, credentials and qualifications that are substantially equivalent to Washington’s full-time practice of chiropractic, or has taught at an accredited college, has not been convicted of a crime, and pass the state law and rule examination.
EXAMINATIONS ADMINISTERED BY STATE: Open Book written Jurisprudence is mailed to candidate when application and fee is received. Passing score of 95%. (Will offer Jurisprudence exam online in early 2015)
NATIONAL BOARD EXAMINATIONS  
Part I: Required
Part II: Required
Part III (WCCE): Required
Part IV: Required
Physiotherapy: Not within regulatory statute
Acupuncture: Not accepted
SPEC: Not required for initial licensure; Required if license has been expired for at least three years and there is no active license in another jurisdiction.
Reinstatement Lapsed License: Discretion of Commission
Disciplinary Cases: Discretion of Commission
Impairment Review: Discretion of Commission
PHYSIOTHERAPY: Chiropractic treatment or care includes the use of procedures involving spinal adjustments, and extremity manipulation. Chiropractic treatment also includes the use of heat, cold, water, exercise, massage, trigger point therapy, dietary advice and recommendation of nutritional supplementation, the normal regimen and rehabilitation of the patient, first aid, and counseling on hygiene, sanitation, and preventive measures. Chiropractic care also includes such physiological therapeutic procedures as traction and light, but does not include procedures involving the application of sound, diathermy, or electricity.
EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Min. # years pre-professional education required for licensure: One-half baccalaureate degree, graduation from approved and accredited chiropractic college.
Accreditation for Chiropractic Programs/Institutions: WAC 246-808-020 Colleges-Policy. (1) In determining a college’s eligibility for accreditation the commission may utilize, at its discretion, recognized chiropractic accrediting associations, recognized regional accreditation associations, and appropriate professional firms, agencies, and individuals.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATES OF FOREIGN COLLEGES: Must meet all licensing requirements

SUMMARY OF SCOPE OF PRACTICE: (Contact State for precise definition by state law)
(1) Chiropractic is the practice of health care that deals with the diagnosis or analysis and care or treatment of the vertebral subluxation complex and its effects, articular dysfunction, and musculoskeletal disorders, all for the restoration and maintenance of health and recognizing the recuperative powers of the body. (2) Chiropractic treatment or care includes the use of procedures involving spinal adjustments, and extremity manipulation. Chiropractic treatment also includes the use of heat, cold, water, exercise, massage, trigger point therapy, dietary advice and recommendation of nutritional supplementation, the normal regimen and rehabilitation of the patient, first aid, and counseling on hygiene, sanitation, and preventive measures. Chiropractic care also includes such physiological therapeutic procedures as traction and light, but does not include procedures involving the application of sound, diathermy, or electricity. (3) As part of a chiropractic differential diagnosis, a chiropractor shall perform a physical examination, which may include diagnostic x-rays, to determine the appropriateness of chiropractic care or the need for referral to other health care providers. The chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission shall provide by rule for the type and use of diagnostic and analytical devices and procedures consistent with this chapter. (4) Chiropractic care shall not include the prescription or dispensing of any medicine or drug, the practice of obstetrics or surgery, the use of x-rays or any other form of radiation for therapeutic purposes, colonic irrigation, or any form of venipuncture. (5) Nothing in this chapter prohibits or restricts any other practitioner of a 'health profession' defined in RCW 18.120.020(4) from performing any functions or procedures the practitioner is licensed or permitted to perform, and the term 'chiropractic' as defined in this chapter shall not prohibit a practitioner licensed under chapter 18.71 RCW from performing medical procedures, except such procedures shall not include the adjustment by hand of any articulation of the spine.

OTHER REFERENCE INFORMATION:
Board regulates specialty council certification: No
Board permits or authorizes travel-to-treat requirements: Yes, WAC 246-808-140 “Thirty-day permit”. A chiropractor practicing under authority of RCW 18.25.190 (1) shall register with the Commission by: (1) Notifying the commission of the nature and dates of their practice in the state of Washington; (2) Submitting a copy of their current, valid license in the other jurisdiction in which they are licensed; and (3) Submitting a verification of license from the state licensed in. No fee shall be charged to register under this section.
Board permits or authorizes telemedicine practices: No
Licensees required to carry malpractice insurance: No, but encouraged; preceptors are required to have malpractice insurance under WAC 246-808-190 “Preceptor or direct supervisory doctor” (d) Evidence of malpractice insurance for the unlicensed chiropractic doctor and the preceptor applicant.
Additionally legally accepted terms for chiropractor (in addition to Doctor of Chiropractic, D.C., Chiropractor, Chiropractic Doctor): Chiropractic Physician, Ph.C., Dr. or “Doctor” must be used in conjunction with the word chiropractic or chiropractor
Peer Review: Established 1991, repealed 1994 See RCW 18.26.320
Certified Clinical Chiropractic Assistants: not regulated at this time
Chiropractic X-Ray Technicians: WAC 246-808-215 “Registration of chiropractic x-ray technicians” (1) Chiropractic doctors shall employ only commission registered technicians to operate x-ray equipment.

BOARD MEMBERS / TERMS: Members of the commission hold office until their successors are appointed; Note: all correspondence must be sent through commission office.
Matt Waldron, D.C., Chair, Exp. 6/2020
Aaron Chan, D.C., Vice Chair, Exp. 6/2017
Winfield Hobbs, D.C., Vice Chair, Exp. 6/2017
Gary (Gabe) Smith, D.C.,  Exp. 6/2020
Maria Best, D.C.,  Exp. 6/2019
Kimberly Corbin-Waters, D.C., Exp. 6/2018
Douglas Long, D.C., Exp. 6/2020 

Bryson Langel, D.C., Exp. 6/2019
Robert Schmitt, D.C., Exp. 6/2019
Ronwynn Pratt, D.C., Exp. 6/2019
David Folweiler, D.C., Exp. 6/2018
James Slakey, Public Member, Exp. 6/2018
Louise Stephens, Public Member, Exp. 6/2019
Judy Colenso, Public Member, Exp. 6/2017

STATISTICAL INFORMATION: Total # of Licensees as of 1/23/2017: *
Of these licensees, there are:
Active licenses: 2,514
Inactive licenses: *

New licenses: n/a
Resident licenses: n/a
Non-Resident licenses: n/a
DC X-ray Technician
Active: 223
Inactive: n/a
  

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