DIPLOMATE IN CLINICAL CHIROPRACTIC PEDIATRICS (DICCP)
The Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (DICCP) is a Board Certified credential for licensed doctors of chiropractic in the specialty of pediatrics and pregnancy. To get the DICCP credential DCs must complete the full course, co-sponsored or administered by a CCE-accredited chiropractic institution in coordination with the ICA Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics and pass the DICCP Board Certification examination, both oral and written, conducted by the International College of Chiropractic Pediatrics (ICCP), the testing body for the DICCP. This examination process is designed to assess and evaluate the knowledge and clinical competency of the candidate to provide quality care to pediatric and pregnant patients at the standard expected of a doctor in this chiropractic specialty.
The program includes 360+ hours. Of these 22 are classroom modules and 3 online modules. Also included is a mandatory professional paper presentation before a panel comprised of academia, writing of a research paper suitable for journal submission, as well as other homework assignments.
The curriculum is comprehensive but structured and based on the science, art and philosophy of chiropractic. These are not stand alone seminars, but designed to be interrelated. The subject areas covered in the syllabus include all aspects of pediatrics –prenatal, pregnancy, birth, infancy, toddler to preschool and adolescence. Each stage of pregnancy and a child’s development are taught in-depth so the practicing doctor of chiropractic acquires greater skills and competencies in a wide range of evaluative, diagnostic, assessment and treatment procedures as well as advanced adjustment skills for different age groups, stages of development and needs and conditions. Included in the curriculum are expanded modules on radiology, nutrition, sports injuries, orthopedics, developmental and functional neurology, and special needs.
The syllabus also includes instruction on common procedures in associated fields of health care and co-management, so the DC knows how to apply appropriate protocols and procedures in all clinical situations.
INSTRUCTORS: Instructors are DICCPs with extensive practice experience and/or teaching experience at the undergrad or postgraduate level. Instructors for certain modules are also certified in the subject they teach with advanced degrees. Example: radiology (DACBR); sports (CCSP or DABCSP), orthopedics (DABCO or DACO); nutrition (ND or MS), research (PhD). Having instructors with the right expertise ensures the DC is getting the best education possible in that subject.
TESTING: Testing at the end of Year 1 makes it easier for the DC to decide whether this program is suitable for them or not. This is an online test of 200 questions with a time limit which candidates must pass in order to continue to the next phase of the program. At the end of Year 3 there is a written test which determines if the doctor is eligible to sit for the Board Certification Examination.
BOARD CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION: The Board Certification Examination is conducted by the International College of Chiropractic Pediatrics (ICCP) and held once a year. The Head Examiner does not teach on the DICCP program and does not hold any official position with the ICA or the ICA Pediatrics Council. The exam consists of three written and three practical exams with three different examiners. The passing grade is 80%.
WHEN DOES A DC BECOME A DICCP?
A DC becomes a DICCP when he/she completes the following:
- Passes the Year 1 online test
- Attends the classroom modules as required
- Completes all homework assignments
- Makes an oral presentation of a professional paper before colleagues that is critiqued by 2-3 members from college academia
- Completes one paper suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal
- Passes Year 3 Board Eligibility exam (written)
- Passes the DICCP Board Examination, both oral and written, conducted by the International College of Chiropractic Pediatrics
To maintain the DICCP status, diplomates must apply for renewal every three years. To renew they must attend 24 hours of continuing education in pediatrics/pregnancy approved for license renewal in their state/province and administered or sponsored by a CCE-accredited college. These hours should include attendance at one Annual Conference or Symposium presented by the ICA Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics.