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Accredited Chiropractic Programs in Canada

Current Accreditation Status

The following Doctor of Chiropractic Programs hold accredited status with the Council on Chiropractic Education Canada:

The Council on Chiropractic Education Canada (CCEC) also recognizes the accreditation status granted to chiropractic programs by the following agencies who are members in good standing of the Councils on Chiropractic Education International:

What is Accreditation?

The process to determine and to certify the achievement and maintenance of reasonable and appropriate national standards of education for chiropractic professionals.

Accreditation of Doctor of Chiropractic Programs in Canada

The Federation of Canadian Chiropractic (FCC) is the representative body of chiropractic regulatory authorities in Canada. As part of its mandate, the FCC has the responsibility to accredit, recognize and certify chiropractic educational programs. The FCC works to encourage excellence within these programs and to inform the public, chiropractic professionals and the educational community about their quality and integrity. These goals are accomplished through the Council on Chiropractic Education Canada (CCEC), an independent committee of the FCC.

The Federation undertakes the accreditation function by:

Setting the Standards for Doctor of Chiropractic Programs – Canada.

These Standards lay out the accreditation process for review and evaluation of Doctor of Chiropractic Programs (DCP), with an emphasis on outcome measure assessments. Additionally, the Standards make clear the Criteria for Accreditation which sets the minimum entry-to-practice competency profile for graduates of these programs.

Creating and maintaining the Council of Chiropractic Education Canada (CCEC)

The CCEC works to interpret the Standards and implements the processes of accreditation. The Council also certifies Doctors of Chiropractic programs by evaluating their compliance with accreditation standards. Furthermore, the CCEC gives recommendations to DCPs regarding issues of effectiveness and program quality.

Council Membership

The CCEC is made up of individual representatives of the chiropractic professional community. It ensures that members come from all over the country and represent the diverse educational backgrounds of its members. Additionally, the council has public members who bring experience in academia, curriculum development and accreditation. As well as representatives of all the DCPs in Canada, the chairs of the Accreditation Standards and Policies Committee (ASPC) and the Specialty Accreditation Standards and Policies Committee (SASPC) also hold seats on the council.

Accreditation Policies and Processes

Accreditation Standards, Policies and Process

CCEC employs various standards, policies and procedures to guide its work. To learn more,

Why is Accreditation Important to the Public?

Accreditation sets minimum standards for such things as hours of instruction, curriculum and faculty competency. Having these standards ensures the quality of Doctor of Chiropractic Programs, instilling confidence in their authenticity. It is also these standards of accreditation that build professional chiropractic practitioners who provide quality patient care.

The qualities of a Doctor of Chiropractic Program are vested in:

  1. A commitment to excellence by the administration and governing board.
  2. The soundness of the institutional programs.
  3. The abilities of its faculty and staff.
  4. The calibre of students.
  5. The adequacy of its facilities and finances.

Why is Accreditation important to the students?

Accreditation ensures that DCP course credits will be recognized and transferable to similar programs, giving more freedom to chiropractic students. As well, upon graduation from an accredited program, students will be recognized by the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board and by the provincial/territorial regulatory boards where licensing is sought. Those graduates with degrees, certificates or diplomas from an accredited program can also use them as prerequisites towards furthering their education.

Why is Accreditation important to the program?

Accreditation fosters excellence in education, encouraging improvement through continuous self-study and review. Also, by having set standards, programs qualify for recognition and chartering by the government. This enables eligible students to receive government funding such as student loans and other benefits.

Confidentiality and Disclosure of Information by the Council on Chiropractic Education Canada

Setting standards of accreditation ensures a baseline of qualifications and assures regulatory boards at that graduates who are seeking license to practice meet an entry-to-practice competency standard. By maintaining these standards we are able to continually improve on the educational experience and keep students on the path to excellence.

Historical Development of Chiropractic Accreditation

1945 – The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) is established in Toronto, Ontario.

1977 – The CMCC recommends to the Council on Chiropractic Education – US (CCE-US) that a system of international recognition in the field of accreditation is established. A steering committee approves the agreement and recommends establishing the Council on Chiropractic Education (Canada) Inc.

1978 – The Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA) vote to form and sponsor the CCE(C). Later that year the Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs of the Government of Canada grants a charter to the CCE(C).

1982 – CMCC gains “Recognized Candidate for Accreditation” status with the CCE(C). As well, the CCE(C) and CCE-US establish a recognition agreement.

1986 – CMCC achieves full accreditation status with the CCE(C). Another agreement is also made with the Australian Council on Chiropractic Education (ACCE).

1993 – Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) establishes a chiropractic program and an agreement with the European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE).

1998 – The UQTR program gains accreditation and has held that status with the CCE(C) and successor organizations ever since.

2000 – The CCE(C) becomes a founding member of the Councils on Chiropractic Education International (CCEI). The CCEI is an international agency that promotes and oversees standards for chiropractic education on a worldwide basis. Membership in CCEI and adherence to the CCEI Standards form the basis for recognition of accredited programs internationally.

2007 – CCE(C) amalgamates with the CFCRB to form the CFCREAB.

2015 – The CFCREAB is renamed The Federation of Canadian Chiropractic, with the CCE(C) acting as an integral yet independent sub-committee within the FCC structure.

2020 – The Council on Chiropractic Education (Canada) is renamed to The Council on Chiropractic Education Canada (CCEC).