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The following chart contains information on the most common questions we get from doctors.

If you have a question that is not covered on this page, feel free to call our office or send us an email. It's our pleasure to help you stay informed and up to date on these issues!

Accident Victim Solicitation See Solicitation of Accident Victims and Telemarketing below
Acupuncture Colorado Doctors of Chiropractic require CERTIFICATION by the Colorado Board of Chiropractic Examiners to perform acupuncture.


RULE 17 Acupuncture

A. All chiropractors who choose to practice acupuncture as an adjunct to their regular practice of chiropractic and who do not already hold a valid current acupuncture license issued by the Director of the Colorado Division of Registrations, must be certified by the Board. Applications for certification in acupuncture shall be made in a manner approved by the Board. Certification in acupuncture by the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners may be obtained by complying with the following:

1. Completing a minimum of a combined total of 100 hours of theoretical study and supervised clinical instruction obtained from a school of chiropractic approved by the Council on Chiropractic Education or the equivalent hours of study and clinical supervision obtained from an instructor; and

2. Passing a nationally recognized acupuncture examination.

B. The use of needle auriculotherapy or needle meridian therapy is exclusively limited to those licensees certified in acupuncture.
Address Change
It is your responsibility to make sure your address of record is correct with the Board of Examiners. Change your address or name on-line at
Advertising Free Services Click here to view a summary of ALL ADVERTISING regulations.

You may NOT advertise free or discounted x-rays. Other services may be offered free, or at a discount provided that:

1. The offer clearly delineates which services are actually free and for which services the patient will be charged;
2. All discounts and giveaways must be made available to patients regardless of insurance status;
3. Before services are delivered, the patient must sign and be given a copy of a form showing which services are provided at no charge, and which services will require a fee.
Board of Chiropractic Examiners NEW Program Director (7-09)
Tony Munoz
Program Director

1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
MAIN (303) 894-7800
(303) 894-7764 - Fax
Licensing info
Scope of practice info

Visit the Board's web site
DIRECT link to practice act
Licensing, examinations, consumer complaints, disciplinary action, rules and regulations.
CA Training/
Unlicensed personnel
Click here to review a summary of training, including x-ray training, that is required for unlicensed personnel in a Colorado DCs office.

Continuing Education Continuing education hours are counted from NOVEMBER 1 through OCTOBER 31 each year. Colorado law requires a minimum of 15 CE hours per year. Health Care Provider Level CPR Training is required and you must maintain a valid CPR card at all times. In addition, at least four hours of documentation/record-keeping is required every two years. You must maintain records of the dates and hours attended, a synopsis of the course and the qualifications of the instructor in your files. Seminars sponsored by the CCA will ALWAYS include all required documentation. In addition, the CCA maintains records of all CE hours for the most recent five years accumulated by attendance of CCA Seminars and Conventions. The Board may require documentation.
Copying Fees

A patient or representative (with proper release) must pay a reasonable cost to obtain copies of his/her patient records, not to exceed $14.00 for the first ten or fewer pages, 50ยข per page for pages 11-40, and 33 per page for each additional page. Actual postage or shipping costs may also be charged. (from 6 C.R.R. 1011-1, Chapter 2, Part

Documentation & Record-keeping
DCs in Colorado must complete at least 4 hours of documentation during each two-year license renewal period.

Click here to review documentation and record-keeping guidelines.
Gifts To Patients Offering, giving, or receiving remuneration for the referral of patients is forbidden by the practice act. You may give an "incidental" gift to a patient in appreciation for a patient referral.
Handicapped Parking Stickers Governor Owens vetoed a 2001 bill allowing doctors of chiropractic to sign handicapped parking stickers. Currently, DCs CANNOT legally sign for handicapped parking stickers.
Immunization Exemptions Immunization exemptions for medical reasons can only be signed by an MD or DO according to Rule 6CCR-1009-2 of the Colorado Department of Health. Exemptions may be granted for "personal beliefs" as well. These do not require the signature of a health care provider.
Licensing Information for Colorado DCs
Massage Therapists

As of 4-1-09, Massage therapists are NOW required to be registered/licensed in the state of Colorado. Visit for more information.

Practice Act

It is your duty to know and understand the Practice Act under which you are licensed.You need to know about discipline of chiropractors, use of your title, how to form a professional corporation, safety training for unlicensed x-ray technicians, insurance fraud, and much more.

Visit the Colorado State Board of Chiropractic Examiners web site for a copy of the practice act, rules, regulations, and board policies.

Physicals (Sports PPE)
See Sports Physicals
Physical Therapists

The Colorado State Board of Chiropractic Examiners verifies that Colorado doctors of chiropractic may perform physical therapy and advertise that they provide physical therapy.

HOWEVER,Colorado doctors of chiropractic may not claim to be physical therapists.

Release of Records Colorado law requires that licensed health care professionals must release copies of patient records (including x-rays) upon written authorization or request dated and signed by the patient, with reasonable notice and with payment of reasonable costs for the copies. You may NOT withhold copies because the patient has an outstanding balance.
Retention of Records Patient records must be retained for a minimum of SEVEN YEARS after the last date of treatment or examination, or at least two years after the patient reaches the age of eighteen, which ever occurs later.(See Rule 22 Colorado Chiropractic Practice Act)
Solicitation of Accident Victims It is the position of the Colorado Chiropractic Association that the practice of purchasing accident reports for the purpose of patient solicitation is unprofessional. (Also see CCA's position on Telemarketing). While not widespread in the chiropractic profession, it is very visible and is an unwarranted invasion of privacy. The Colorado Chiropractic Association stands opposed to any such activity conducted by any professional person or corporation. (adopted November 1992) REMEMBER that is it ILLEGAL in Colorado to contact any accident victim less than 30 days after the date of the accident. (CRS 12-5-115.5)
Sports Physicals (Pre Participation Exams- PPE) The Colorado High School Athletic Association changed their bylaws beginning with the 2000-01 school year to allow DCs to perform school athletic physicals. If the DC has been certified to perform physicals. Check for available classes.
Telemarketing The Colorado Chiropractic Association expressly condemns the use of telemarketing or "ambulance chasing" for the purposes of patient solicitation. See CCA Ethics Policy.
Use of Title All advertising, including business cards and signage must clearly identify you as a doctor of chiropractic such as one of the following ways: John Smith, DC OR Dr. Betty Smith, Chiropractor

Use of the word "physician" or modifiers such as "orthopedist" or "neurologist" may only be used in the context of an advanced educational certification such as CCSP, DABCO, or DABCN.

Practice Act

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