Jun 032008

Pediatric Diplomate Certification Recognized by Both ICA and ACA

The American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics and the Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics of the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) are pleased to announce that the Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (DICCP) is now recognized by the ACA and its council as the official credential for specialization in chiropractic pediatrics.

“We are very pleased the ACA Pediatrics Council has decided to accept the DICCP as the credential common to both associations,” said ICA Pediatrics Council Chair Lora Tanis, DC. “There is now consistency to the postgraduate education that doctors of chiropractic receive when specializing in pediatric care.”

“After thoroughly evaluating the education, examination and certification processes required to attain DICCP certification, the members of ACA’s Pediatrics Council determined the program met the standards of the ACA and is deserving of recognition. This historic determination represents the first time a certification program has the recognition of both the ACA and the ICA,” said ACA Pediatrics Council President Elise Hewitt, DC.

The DICCP program was developed more than 15 years ago by the ICA Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics. The DICCP program is a three-year, 30-module program with year-end internal exams (both oral and written). Currently, there are 160 DICCPs located across the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

“We are so pleased to be able to recognize this high-quality program,” Dr. Hewitt added. “Our main goal is to increase the number of highly-educated and well-trained doctors in the specialized field of chiropractic pediatrics. As the public increasingly understands and accepts chiropractic, there is a great need for the specialty services offered by pediatric chiropractors. Through the DICCP program, the profession can play an increased role in the care of our nation’s children.”

Since its inception in 1993, the DICCP program has maintained the highest standards of education. The program is administered by select chiropractic colleges, which must follow strict requirements regarding faculty, attendance, examination, etc. Upon completion of the program and passage of the required internal examinations, doctors of chiropractic are eligible to sit for the board examination, which is conducted by the Testing Board for the DICCP, the International College of Chiropractic Pediatrics (ICCP).

“I believe we share a similar goal with the ACA Pediatrics Council, which is to provide quality education at the postgraduate level that can withstand the scrutiny of its content, instruction and administration,” Dr. Tanis said. “I am very glad we now have a common program between our two pediatric councils and together, we can now move forward and focus on the activities that will advance our profession with regard to the care of infants and children.”

To learn more about the DICCP certification program, including which schools currently offer DICCP instruction, visit the Web sites of the ICA Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics or the ACA Pediatrics Council.

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