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SUBCHAPTER 9. CHIROPRACTIC SPECIALTIES
140:15-9-1. Oversight Authority
The Board shall have practice oversight authority for all post-doctorate chiropractic specialties. No
chiropractic physician shall represent to the public that he/she is a specialist in any area unless said chiropractic physician is registered with the Board. The Board shall review all post-doctorate specialty applications and shall approve those applications that meet Board requirements. The Board shall maintain a registry listing all chiropractic physicians who are approved by the Board.
140:15-9-2. Specialty Register
Chiropractic physicians shall not be registered by the Board as a post-doctorate specialist specializing in
any activity unless they have received certification for that specialty from a specialty council, specialty board or institution approved by the Board.
140:15-9-3. Educational Requirements
(a) Chiropractic Physician's seeking Diplomate Specialty status shall meet the following criteria to qualify for inclusion in the Board's Registry. The course of study shall
(1) be conducted under the auspices of and taught by the post-graduate faculty of an accredited chiropractic institution
(2) consist of a minimum of three hundred (300) hours;
(3) require completion of a certification examination given by a board independent of the entity which taught the course;
(4) meet any other criteria that the respective council requires; and
(5) meet any other criteria the Board deems appropriate.
(b) Non-Diplomate Specialty education shall meet the requirements and guidelines established by the institution, specialty council, or specialty board granting the certificate to the chiropractic physician.
140:15-9-4. Initial Registration Requirements
(a) Any doctor of chiropractic in the State of Oklahoma who desires to hold himself or herself out to the public as being a post-doctorate specialist in an area must first register with the Board. Initial registration requires a Chiropractic Physician to submit the following to the Board:
(1) a completed application on a form provided by the Board
(2) the specialty registration fee, as set by the Board;
(3) documentation of specialty status issued by the specialty council or institution, verifying that the licensee
has met the protocols, guidelines, standards, and educational hours required by the respective specialty
council, specialty board, or institution.
(b) Upon a successful demonstration of these requirements, the Board shall add the chiropractic physician’s name to
140:15-9-5. Annual Re-registration Requirements
(a) Each doctor of chiropractic in the State of Oklahoma who holds himself or herself out to the public as being a post-doctorate specialist in an area shall re-register with the Board if the granting institution, specialty council, or specialty board who granted the chiropractic physician the specialty certificate requires re-certification or renewal of the certificate. The chiropractic physician shall re-register the renewed specialty certification by providing the information required by the Board upon the next chiropractic physician's annual chiropractic license renewal application.
(b) Upon a successful demonstration of these requirements, the Board shall continue the applicant's name on the
140:15-9-6. Prohibited Acts
(a) Only those chiropractic physicians holding a post-doctorate specialty certificate in post-graduate training and certification programs recognized by the respective specialty council specialty board, or institution may hold themselves out to the public as possessing special knowledge, skills or training as a post-doctorate specialist. Any advertisement which states that a chiropractic physician has special training or skills as being certified in a post-doctorate specialty not recognized by the respective specialty council, specialty board, or institution is engaged in deceptive and misleading advertising practices;
(b) Any chiropractic physician who advertises a specialty not recognized by the Board shall prominently include in the advertisement the following disclaimer in capital letters: "(NAME OF ANNOUNCED AREA OF CHIROPRACTIC PRACTICE…IS NOT RECOGNIZED AS A SPECIALTY AREA BY THE OKLAHOMA BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC EXAMINERS"
(c) Any chiropractic physician who advertises membership in or certification by any institution or entity not recognized by the Board, shall prominently include in the advertisement the following disclaimer in capital letters: "(NAME OF REFERENCED ORGANIZATION)…IS NOT RECOGNIZED AS A BONA FIDE SPECIALTY ACCREDITING ORGANIZATION BY THE OKLAHOMA BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC EXAMINERS"
(d) A chiropractic physician may advertise limited certificates of attendance otherwise known as limited certificates of proficiency or limited attendance announcements at the Board discretion without registering them with the Board. The Board recognizes limited certificates of this nature granted by product and equipment supplies in conjunction with healthcare educators whose products and equipment are used to carry out the delivery of healthcare without granting the chiropractic physician a certification of diplomate specialty. Certificates of this limited nature are not required to be registered with the Board. A chiropractic physician shall not advertise such certificates in a manner misrepresenting or implying in any way that this type of certificate prepared the chiropractic physician to hold himself or herself out as being certified in or obtaining a diplomate specialty.
To see a current listing of those who hold a Diplomate Specialty, please click here.