Risk Management in Chiropractic (6 Hours)

Tuition: $99
Hours: 6 (Risk Management / Boundaries Training Category)


Course Description

This is a six-hour self-paced distance based course designed to assist health care providers in identifying and managing the medical legal risks associated with staff interactions with patients. Areas of potential risk from employee interactions are explored with additional information on reducing or eliminating these risks.


Six-hours of study and the successful completion of online examinations.

This on-line program is scored as a Pass/Fail class. If you do not pass the class on your first attempt you will be directed to specific reading by the instructor and provided the opportunity to successfully complete the class.  This class requires you to log in the time and obtain 75% of the possible points to receive credit for the class.


Hour Topic
ONE Introduction to risk management as it relates to health care staff members interaction with patient populations. Legal terminology and concepts are explored.
TWO Patient interaction and professional boundary issues, including physical contact between staff and patients during care.
THREE Staff and patient rights and responsibilities related to professional boundary issues, identification of warning signs of inappropriate activity, and prevention tactics regarding professional boundaries are explored.
FOUR Identification of the cognitive domains required for the safe application of therapeutic modalities.
FIVE Practical applications of risk management related to staff patient interactions during the applications of physiotherapy modalities.
SIX Active care programming risk issues, practical applications of risk management as this applies to active care, including misapplication of exercise prescriptions.


  • Identify and develop a plan of action regarding the prevention of risk management issues associated with staff patient interactions
  • Understand how supervisors will be held responsible for the actions of their staff members
  • Identify what professional rules are as they relate to practice obligations
  • Learn the key cultural factors that can influence patient care
  • Provide a staff hand out on professionalism in the work place
  • Identify staff responsibilities regarding sexual harassment
  • Identify common sources of sexual harassment
  • Learn how to resolve behaviors associated with professional boundary violations
  • Discuss the definition, principles, goals, and objectives of physiotherapy (passive care) procedures
  • Define "adjunctive care" as it applies to the health care arena.
  • Learn about potential legal issues associated with physiotherapy
  • Learn indications of when to withhold physiotherapy or to discontinue a physiotherapy procedure
  • Identify the seven principles of rehabilitation.
  • Identify key areas of risk management in regards to active care.
  • Outline the basic components of a therapeutic exercise program and their interrelationship to patient outcomes
  • Identify the roles of support staff in relation to improving risk management.
  • Explore the concept of staff training as a method to reduce medical legal risks.


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.