Functional Medicine Courses are not acceptable for Continuing Education Purposes

There are various educational sources, both internet-based and non-internet based, offering continuing education courses in functional medicine for chiropractors. However, although segments of the functional medicine body of knowledge may be consistent with both a chiropractor’s training and portions of the chiropractic scope of practice, its overall patient treatment approach, as well as the term “medicine’ is not within the chiropractic scope of practice. Thus, functional medicine courses are not acceptable for satisfying your triennial registration requirement of 36 hours of continuing education.

The following statutes, rules and regulations are applicable:

Regents Rules, part 29.1(b)(9) - "practicing beyond the lawful scope"

Regulations of the Commissioner, part 73.5(c)(i)(b) - "acceptable formal continuing education"

The New York State Board for Chiropractic is an advisory board, not a regulatory board. It cannot make policy, but is called upon to advise and assist on matters related to the practice of Chiropractic in New York State. The Board functions under the Board of Regents.


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