Ethical Issues in Chiropractic Practice: 12-Hour

Tuition: $199
Hours: 12


Course Description

This twelve-hour course will explore "ethical practices” as it applies to the practice of chiropractic. We will look at questions and concerns related to ethics and the lawful practice of chiropractic in a number of areas including: billing practices, documentation, professionalism, time per patient, billings, and up-coding practices, and culture differences in care.


Twelve hours of class participation,  and successful completion of two examinations related to the course materials, and participation in two discussions.


Written test of at least 20 questions constructed with multiple choice, true/false and essay items. Learner must score 75% on examinations to receive certificate of completion.




Remeber the definitions of ethics in chiropractic practice.


Review and analyze the ethics policies of three chiropractic organizations


Introduction to ethics as it relates to chiropractic practice.


Identify how our values can influence others. Understand values and their importance in your career


Identification of the characteristics of ethical and unethical behavior.

Six & Seven

Analyze ethics and practice management. Examination of controversy related to billing procedures, rights of healthcare consumers, and effects of greed among healthcare participants.


Identify how to be an ethical professional and learn about societies expectations of the professional


Identify why informed consent can be an ethical issue and identify the significant component to informed consent procedures.

Ten & Eleven

Ethics as they relate to patient care, sexism, racism, and cultural differences.


Appropriate procedures and practices related to business practices associated with patient care and insurance companies and managed care.


  1. Inform Doctors about the ethics and penalties associated with filing false documentation regarding services.
  2. Explore what “Chiropractic Fraud” means as this terminology relates to code stuffing, over utilization, up coding related to patient/doctor interaction, double billing, etc.
  3. Delve into what constitutes ethical of billing practices.
  4. Case presentations, which document fraudulent conduct, will be used to present the realities of civil, administrative, criminal penalties related to fraudulent activities.
  5. Regulation Z of Consumer Protection Act or Truth in Lending Act (Applies to collection of patient’s medical payments)
  6. Identification of the characteristics of ethical behavior.
  7. Review the chiropractic oath as it applies to everyday chiropractic care.


This syllabus is a representation of the requirements for successful completion of the course, containing the objectives, content, organization, and evaluation processes. It is the student’s responsibility to read, comprehend, and act on the syllabus’ objectives, content, and requirements. The faculty teaching this course reserves the right to reasonably alter the sequence of activities, assignment dates, and evaluation and assignment methods or styles. Every effort will be made to inform the class members in advance of such changes. Students are responsible for following the syllabus and any changes instituted by the faculty. Should there be any questions or need for reasonable interpretation of clarification of the syllabus, the student must contact the lead course instructor/syllabus author(s) to obtain answers to the above.

All opinions, viewpoints and recommendations contained in this presentation represent those of the author alone and do not represent the opinions, viewpoints or recommendations of any organization with which the author may be affiliated, including, without limitation, the USOC or/and the ACBSP.