Functional Medicine Courses are not acceptable for Continuing Education Purposes

Law, rules and regulations, not Alerts, specify the requirements for practice and violating them constitutes professional misconduct. Not adhering to this Alert may be interpreted as professional misconduct only if the conduct also violates pertinent law, rules and regulations, some citations of which are listed at the end of this Alert.

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.

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The following statutes, rules and regulations are applicable:

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

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

Last Updated: January 28, 2019