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As a pre-requisite for biennial renewal of a practitioner's license, the licensee must complete a minimum of thirty-six (36) hours biennially of accepted professional continuing education. A maximum of 18 hours can be obtained through distance learning programs.
I. Acceptable educational programs or courses are those that are:
(1) presented and/or sponsored by accredited chiropractic colleges;
(2) taught by post-graduate level instructors of an accredited college or school approved by the Board; or
(3) presented and/or sponsored by other individuals or organizations. For out-of-state licensees, continuing education that has been approved and accepted by the state in which they reside and practice in can also be used for South Carolina.
II. Sponsor Requirements
All sponsors seeking approval for their educational programs must submit a written request to the Board Administrator at least ninety (90) days prior to the scheduled date of the presentation. Each provider shall:
(a) have a mechanism for the maintenance of records for no less than three (3) years;
(b) have a method of monitoring and verifying attendance;
(c) provide each participant adequate documentation of his participation in the program to include:
(i) name and license number of participant;
(ii) name and address of the sponsoring individual(s) or organization;
(iii) name of program;
(iv) number of hours completed;
(v) date and location of program;
(vi) authorized signature;
III. Program Request Requirements
Requests for program approval must include the following information:
(a) Name and address of the sponsoring individual(s) or organization;
(b) Instructor's name and credentials;
(c) Outline of program content;
(d) The number of actual 60?minute hours of instruction;
(e) The method of monitoring and certifying attendance;
(f) Location at which the program will be presented;
(g) The dates on which the program will be presented.
IV. Program approval will be based on the following criteria:
(a) The program will likely enhance the practitioner's knowledge and skill in the practice of chiropractic as defined by state law.
(b) The instructors are sufficiently qualified in the field of their instruction either by practical or academic experience or both.
(c) The program will be held in a suitable setting, conducive to learning.
(d) Adequate monitoring or certifying measures are likely to be observed.
V. Practice building subject matter (administration, finance, etc.) will not be approved for license renewal.
VI. Retention and Audit
Licensees must maintain copies of their attendance certificates for three (3) years from the last renewal date. The Board will conduct random audits of licensees on an annual or biennial basis to certify compliance with continuing education requirements.