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The American Board of Chiropractic Specialties (ABCS) has reaffirmed that ABCO is a certifying board of Chiropractic Orthopedics for the Council on Chiropractic Orthopedics of the ACA

New Chiropractic Orthopedic Program
at National University of Health Sciences and at Northwestern Health Sciences University
Diplomate Program in Chiropractic Orthopedics

Completion of the 384-hour Diplomate Chiropractic Orthopedics program leads to Diplomate Eligibility, a status which allows participants to take the written and oral examination administered by the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists (ABCO). The clinical expertise gained from this course increases inter-and intra-professional communication and facilitates expansion of the patient perception of chiropractic.

The New Clinical Simulation Examination

A chiropractic orthopedist is required to make important clinical decisions regarding the well being of patients. Therefore, a clinical simulation examination is used to more realistically assess knowledge in such decision-making. The items on the ABCO Clinical Simulation Examination are designed to sample a broad range of competencies, not the recall of isolated facts. Therefore, the problems assess clinical problem-solving ability, including identifying, analyzing, diagnosing, and treating clinical problems. The problem areas are derived directly from the current Job Analysis of the chiropractic orthopedist. Click here to view the current Job Analysis.

The clinical simulation examination is a paper examination that utilizes latent image ink and is based on a decision algorithm model. It is designed to simulate an actual office visit and will eliminate the need for a face to face examination between examinee and examiner. This new examination format will prove to be more reliable, more valid and remain content appropriate.



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