Allied Health Institute, an accredited post secondary school, launched a 16-month Chiropractic Technologist Associate of Science Degree program.
The program is designed to meet a growing need for Chiropractic Technologists nationwide. Because employment of chiropractors is expected to increase 20 percent between 2008 and 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, similar growth is expected in terms of need for Chiropractic Technologists.
“A chiropractic technologist is a paraprofessional serving the chiropractic profession in the capacity of an assistant in the chiropractic office,” said Marvin Merritt who developed the program for Allied Health Institute. ‘The chiropractic technologist could assist in case histories, preliminary portions of the examination, the application of modalities and therapies and the taking and developing of x-rays all under the direct supervision of the attending chiropractic physician. “
The Chiropractic Technologist program provides students with professional training in the field of alternative medicine, focusing on chiropractic. Students are introduced to chiropractic philosophy and principles, anatomy and physiology, nutrition and are provided with an in-depth study of radiologic science.
“Chiropractic is the 3 largest healing art next to allopathic and osteopathic medicine. Where as M.D.'s and D.O's utilize the support skills of the medical assistant in their offices, the D.C.'s will utilize the specific skill set of the chiropractic technologist."Chiropractic is the third largest healing art next to allopathic and osteopathic medicine. Whereas MDs and DOs utilize the support skills of the medical assistant in their offices, the DCs will utilize the specific skill set of the chiropractic technologist,” said Merritt. “There is an ongoing push by the insurance industry to require all personnel that come in contact with patients in regards to treatment to be certified and has some type of state licensure in order for the provider to receive reimbursement for services rendered. A certified chiropractic technologist would fulfill this requirement.”
The coursework for this program is conducted online and also includes a facility-based clinical training requirement, which provides the student with a hands-on learning experience.
Among the duties performed by the chiropractic technologist include assisting patients with paperwork, examination preliminaries such as height and weight, blood pressure, pulse and respiration and an initial spinal screening. In addition, the chiropractic technologist may be called upon to take and develop x-rays and apply therapies all under the direct supervision of the attending chiropractic physician.
About Allied Health Institute
Allied Health Institute provides quality distance education in high demand job fields in a wide range of healthcare occupations. By utilizing virtual classrooms, students have the flexibility to continue their education from the convenience of their own homes. Most classes are completed entirely online, allowing students great flexibility while receiving support from instructors, peers and student services. Programs that contain clinical training and externships are designed to enhance career skills, providing student with hands-on training and real-life experience.
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