The Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists
The Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists
The Academy of
Chiropractic Orthopedists

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)


Some questions you may have...


What is Maintenance of Certification?

This is an avenue to demonstrate continuous professional development that follows a structured approach to lifelong learning and practice improvement. The Academy is attempting to make the process easier and relevant for Fellows professional development. (Additional venues and methods will soon be published)


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I have a chiropractic license and I passed the Board. Iím certified as a chiropractic orthopedist, why should I recertify?

This is probably the most common question received. When you receive your DC degree you are at the pinnacle of knowledge from your undergraduate education. When you receive you Diplomate, you are the top of your advanced education. Does the knowledge base stay the same and not change at these achievements? No, knowledge is ever expanding and failure to keep up with your education compromises patient care. By recertifying, you are telling patients and other parties that you are keeping current with new trends and expanding your knowledge base. You cannot have a one-time assessment at the start of your career and expect it to last the remainder of your career. This would be insufficient relative to the rapid changes in the body of knowledge and changes in health care.


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I took a 360 hours orthopedic course a few years ago and I have not taken the chiropractic orthopedic Diplomate examination. Can I use the term "Board Eligible" on my curriculum vitae?

No. Board eligible is only correct if the doctor has received an entrance letter for the next scheduled chiropractic orthopedic Diplomate examination. A doctor is not "Board Eligible" after the date of the examination should the doctor fail to pass the examination. Having 360 hours of post graduate study does not make a doctor "Board Eligible". The application process includes many things of which 360 hours is only one of the many requirements.


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Is the Academy Diplomate designation (DACO) recognized by the American Chiropractic Association?

The ACA House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly on September 23, 2005, to recognize the Academy Diplomate examination process (DACO) retroactive to its first examination in April 2004. These results were obtained by the cooperation of the Orthopedic Coalition comprised of the Academy (ACO), the American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists (ACCO), and the Council on Chiropractic Orthopedics (CCO). The Academy thanks the ACA and the House of Delegates for this recognition.


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Do I have to pay a maintenance fee for my Academy Diplomate (DACO) credential?

No. The Academy's position is that the Diplomate credential (DACO OR DABCO) is an earned credential, similar to an academic Bachelor, Master, PhD or professional Doctor of Chiropractic degree that does not require one to pay a maintenance or usage fee. Your active membership with the Academy verifies your credential has been maintained.


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If I am currently not an active member of the Academy, can I still use the FACO on my stationery, curriculum vitae or my name?

NO. The FACO indicates that you are member, Fellow of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. You would be holding yourself out as a member when in fact you are not a member. There are State Board regulations that prohibit false advertising. In the medico-legal arena this would be looked upon as inflating oneís Curriculum Vitae.


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How can I be involved with Academy activities:

Contact the Academy by e-mail ( to indicate your desire to become involved in Academy Committee activities. The Academy is continually looking for members who wish to participate in Academy activities.


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