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Occupational Health And Applied Ergonomics Diplomate Program


Why Choose Occupational Health?

Today's health care marketplace is rapidly changing and it's the perfect time to position yourself to offer your unique services directly to business and corporate clients in your community. Work with business owners, occupational nurses, human resource directors, engineers, and other health care professionals to improve the work environment. Learn and apply skills to consult with businesses and industries regarding occupational safety, evaluation, and treatment of injured workers, development of preventative interventions and providing employee education.

DVD Program and Online Instruction
Complete 216 hours via DVD and 28 hours online taught by top doctors in the field.

Field Study Project or Research Paper
As part of the program, establish a relationship with a company (or companies) in your area to collect data for your field study report for a minimum of 12 months. Or you can develop an independent, original research project suitable for publication.  Get your research project published or complete the 12 months study to earn the 72 hours you need to become eligible to apply for the diplomate examination offered by the American Chiropractic Board on Occupational Health (ACBOH).
David Gilkey, DC, DACBOH, MS, PhD

Mentoring for Diplomate Candidates (DACBOH)
You will work with your mentor, David Gilkey, DC, DACBOH, MS, PhD, who will assist you in completing your field study project or research paper (up to 10 hours). There is no additional charge for this service. Contact Dr. Gilkey using email at dgilkey@colostate.edu or on Skpe/phone at 970-491-7138.

Will I earn CE Credits?
12 hours are awarded when you successfully pass each DVD exam (75% or better). If you complete all of the DVDs you'll earn 228 hours. Return your exams to Northwestern via fax, email or mail to be graded.

Online courses include an exam.  DOT Drug Testing and Alcohol Screening Certification also requires a demonstration of proficiency to become certified.  DOT Physical Exam course meets the requirements to qualify you to complete a certification exam at http://nrcme.psiexams.com so you can get onto the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME).

How do I become a Diplomate?
To become eligible to apply for Diplomate status with the American Chiropractic Board on Occupational Health (ACBOH) you will need to complete a minimum of 300 hours of training.  Our program provides 228 hours via DVD, 16 hours via the online DOT courses and 72 hours for completing your Field Study or Research Paper.  Please visit http://www.acacoh.com/DACBOH_ACBOH.htm for more information.

Joseph J. Sweere, DC, DABCO, DACBOH

Questions, Concerns, Special Cases
Please contact our program coordinator, Joseph J. Sweere, DC, DABCO, DACBOH at jsweere@nwhealth.edu or (952/800) 888-4777 (x269).


DVD Sessions (12 hours per DVD/216 hours total)
Can be taken in any order and/or take single session(s) for your CE hours.

1. The Role of Chiropractic in Occupational Health. Joseph J. Sweere, DC, DABCO, DACBOH

2. How to Promote Services with an Emphasis on Industrial Relations. Scott Bautch, DC, DACBOH

3. Chiropractic Services within the Corporate Setting. Chad Henriksen, DC, DACBOH

4. Ergonomic Considerations of the Seated Worker. Scott Donkin, DC, DACBOH

5. The Biomechanical Stress Index. Post-Offer/Pre-placement Physical/Screening       Examinations. Dr. Joseph Sweere

6. Introduction to Applied Ergonomics. Tom Albin, PE, CPE

7. The Business of Chiropractic Occupational Health: An A to Z Guide for Getting Your Foot into the Door and What to do Next. David Thorpe, DC, DACBOH

8. Workers' Compensation Insurance, Managed Care and Regulatory Agencies Critical to     Occupational Health Consulting and Treating Work Related Injuries and Illness. Timothy J. Richardson, DC, DACBOH

9. Introduction to Environmental and Chemical Hazards. Applied Ergonomics. David Gilkey, DC, DACBOH, MS, PhD

10. Stress in the Workplace. Robert Scott, MEd, DC, PhD

11. Upper Extremity, Cumulative Trauma Disorders. Steve Yeomans, DC, DABCO.

12. Workplace Wellness. Rosaline Ward, MPH, CHES

13. Returning the Injured Worker to the Workplace. Elizabeth Auppl, CDSP, CDSTrainer; Dr. Joseph Sweere; Dawn Soleta, BS (Toro Corp) and Stephanie Igtanloc, MS, CRC, QRC (Chicilo/O'Hara)

14. Forensic Considerations in Occupational Health and the Functional Capacities Evaluation. G. Steven Baer, DC, DABCOH, DABFP

15.  Physical Rehabilitation of the Injuried Worker. Stacy Thornhill Peterson, DC, DACRB

16. Identifying and Responding to Employers' Needs. Scott Bautch, DC, DACBOH and Steve           Conway, DC, JD.

17. Integration, Technology and Survival: Putting It All Together. Brian Justice, DC, DABCO and Wendy Brabon, technologies consultant.

18. Ergonomics: Setting Up Your Business for Success. Alex Charish, MA, PhD, CPE

Online Sessions
Can be taken in any order and/or take single session(s) for your CE hours.

D.O.T. Drug Testing and Alcohol Screening Certification (8 Hours)
Elizabeth Auppl, CDSP, CDS Trainer

D.O.T. Physical Exams for National Registry for Certifed Medical Examiners (8 Hours)
Elizabeth Auppl, CDSP, CDS Trainer and Brian Tasky, DC.

Accident Investigation (12 Hours)
David Gilkey, DC, DACBOH, MS, PhD

Program Cost

DVD Sessions:
Call (952) 885-5446 to order. Visa/Master Card/Discover and checks accepted.
Registration Form

Doctors of chiropractic**

$4400 All 18 DVD's (save $550)

Doctors of chiropractic


Students (T7+)

$90/sessions 1-10 only

First Year Graduates


**Full DVD program does not include the online DOT courses.

Online Courses*:
Click on the links below to purchase these courses.

D.O.T. Drug Testing and Alcohol Screening Certification
D.O.T. Physical Exams for the National Registry for Certifed Medical Examiners


Accident Investigation


*Students must be T7 or above to take the online courses.

State Relicensure Credit

Northwestern has applied for continuing education credit in MN, SD, ND and IA and we are an approved sponsor in many other states. See http://www.nwhealth.edu/conted/ for details. Or please contact Sara George at 952-885-5446 if you have any questions or to request approvals in other states.  Some states do not allow you to earn licensure credits via distance learning.

DVD Return Policy

If you are not satisfied DVD's may be returned within 90 days of purchase for a refund.

Updated 2014




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