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Diplomate in Chiropractic Craniocervical Junction Procedures

The Diplomate in Chiropractic Craniocervical Junction Procedures (DCCJP) is a postgraduate program developed and administered by the International Chiropractors Association Council on Upper Cervical Care. It is designed for doctors of chiropractic who wish to advance their clinical knowledge and skills in upper cervical chiropractic to improve patient outcomes. 

Course of study: The program provides in-depth education in anatomy, neurology, imaging and research and encompasses six different advanced upper cervical procedures -- NUCCA, Advanced Orthogonal, Atlas Orthogonal, Orthospinology, Grostic, Knee Chest and Blair. This is the only upper cervical postgraduate program that teaches several different procedures, a unique concept in the chiropractic profession as there are many upper cervical groups that offer certification programs, but focus on just one procedure. 

The DCCJP curriculum includes 300+ hours of instruction and takes about 2.5 years to complete. There is an online exam at the end of Year 1 (Module 10) and all doctors must pass this exam in order to continue to the next phase of the program. Also included in the curriculum is the writing of two research papers and an oral presentation. Doctors enrolled in the program must also be certified in one upper cervical procedure prior to sitting for the final exam.    

The DCCJP credential is given to all candidates who pass the final exam which includes both written and orals. This credential is valid for 3 years and DCCJP's must apply to renew their status every 3 years. There is an annual fee for renewal. To be eligible for renewal Diplomates must complete a certain number of continuing education hours in upper cervical care, attend one Annual Conference presented by the Upper Cervical Council and fulfill other requirements of which they will be notified upon graduation.

The first DCCJP class was launched in January 2013 and the inaugural group will graduate in the fall of 2015.

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