Q: How do I know what to study for the ABCO exam?
A: The content on the examination is derived from the current Job Analysis from six major domains:
(1) History taking, (2) Performing examination, (3) Developing a diagnosis (4) Determining goals of management, (5) Assessment and conclusion of care, and (6) Record keeping, documenting and reporting.
To print a copy of the Job Analysis, click here.
Q: I completed the chiropractic orthopedic curriculum several years ago. Is there a time limit between completion of the curriculum and sitting for the examination?
A: The Board does not impose a time limit. They do however, stress the importance of remaining current on chiropractic orthopedic content for examination and certification purposes.
Q: What specific curriculum modules does ABCO require to be eligible to sit for the examination?
A: At this time ABCO does not require specific modules or curricula components within the 360 hours. The 360 hours must be in chiropractic orthopedic content, which must be verified by an accredited school. The candidate may complete the 360 academic hours at more than one college, but ABCO will require verification of hours from each school attended to make up the total required hours. No courses or content areas can be repeated to make up the 360 hours.
Q: I’m a member of several different chiropractic orthopedic organizations, and pay membership fees to each, aren’t I a member of ABCO as well?
A: ABCO is not a membership organization, rather it is a credentialing body which is recognized by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) as the pre-eminent certifying organization for chiropractic orthopedists. As the credentialing body, ABCO can only grant certification status to those Diplomates who have met and maintained specific requirements.
Q: What are the re-certification requirements for ABCO?
A: To date, ABCO has had a voluntary re-certification process in place. An ABCO Board committee currently is developing mandatory re-certification rules and guidelines. The committee is conscientiously preparing minimum requirements, which will be intended to assure current professional knowledge competency as well as assisting ABCO with publicizing the quality of the credential to the public, managed care, insurance agencies and state licensure boards.
Q: Are current Diplomates responsible for satisfying new re-certification requirements, including fees?
A: A credential is not the same as an academic degree earned through an educational institution. Voluntary, professional certifications are subject to all certification and re-certification requirements established by the Board of Directors, similar to the requirements imposed by your state licensure board. The Board has the right and responsibility to establish policies which it has determined are in the interests of the organization and fiscally responsible. At times, this responsibility includes the assessment of necessary fees and the development of new certification policies.
Q: What happens if I do not pay the mandatory annual maintenance fee or complete the re-certification requirements?
A: A certificant can be placed on inactive status for the following reasons: (1) failure to pay the annual maintenance fee, (2) failure to document the required continuing education activities, or (3) the submission and acceptance of a written request to relinquish a credential. Certificants designated as Inactive are not considered Diplomates of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists, cannot represent themselves as certified by ABCO and cannot use the credential in any way until reinstated to active status.