Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the role of CCEI?
The Councils on Chiropractic Education International (CCEI) was established in 2001 by the chiropractic accrediting agencies in Australasia, Canada, Europe and the United States of America to ensure high standards for chiropractic education worldwide. The role of CCEI is not to accredit individual programs but to provide an International Framework for Chiropractic Education and Accreditation for the chiropractic accrediting organisations of the world to ensure the quality of the education of chiropractors internationally.
The goals of CCEI are to:
Define International Chiropractic Accreditation Standards and ensure their adoption and maintenance by accrediting agencies worldwide;
Define the process of accreditation and ensure appropriate implementation and administration of the process by accrediting agencies worldwide;
Establish and maintain a process for verifying equivalence of the educational standards and accreditation processes utilized by CCEI member accrediting agencies worldwide;
Assist and provide guidance for the development of accrediting agencies toward their full autonomy and membership in CCEI;
Promote continuous improvement of the Framework, recognizing the educational, cultural and legislative diversity among various countries and regions; and
Provides information and assistance to educators, professionals and governments in areas where quality assurance activities and recognition are needed.
The CCEI carries out its commitment to excellence in chiropractic education by establishing and upholding the Framework, aiding in the development and recognition of new accrediting bodies in geographic regions where such agencies are not currently operating, and by providing accreditation services by CCEI’s member agencies to chiropractic educational programs situated in areas not currently served by a CCEI member agency.
The CCEI has had significant success in achieving its objectives and continues to work to maintain a high standard of education and accreditation amongst its member agencies. The Framework was developed through extensive international consultation, and a consensus process of the four CCEI member agencies at the time. Member agencies have standards and processes which meet or exceed those of the Framework. CCEI has a Statement of Equivalence on its website which, among other things, assists in the portability of suitably trained chiropractors internationally. Quality assurance is an ongoing process, and CCEI will continue to lead, facilitate and be part of forums and discussion on educational standards, professional competency and accreditation processes from the chiropractic profession.
2. Who are the members of CCEI?
The following chiropractic educational accrediting bodies are members in good standing of the Councils on Chiropractic Education International, Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia, (CCEA), European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE), and the Council on Chiropractic Education Canada (CCEC). The Council on Chiropractic Education United States of America (CCE-US) is not currently a member of CCEI
3. What chiropractic programmes and institutions are accredited by CCEI members?
Visit our Accrediting Bodies page to see programs and institutions.
4. What is the International Framework for Chiropractic Education and Accreditation and how can it be used?
The International Framework for Chiropractic Education and Accreditation, is based on an in depth review of all CCEI member standards. The Framework sets the minimum criterial that each Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) must include in its Standards. This ensures that accredited programs all meet this minimum criteria and that these standards are maintained and are equivalent between accredited programs.
5. Are chiropractic programs equivalent to programs accredited by CCEI members?
Programs in the United States are accredited by the CCE-USA which is no longer a member agency. Therefore, we are unable to speak to the status of equivalence of US programs relative to those of CCEI member agencies.
6. I would have received my chiropractic education from an CCEI member accredited institution, does this allow me to work in any country?
You will need to contact the regulatory body from that country to determine if the will recognize the degree from your institution and program. It is also important to contact the professional chiropractic associations in the country you wish to work in. CCEI is able to help you with finding out who to contact and navigating the steps involved.
7. I have started my chiropractic education but wish to transfer to another Institution. Am I able to transfer my credits to a new school?
In this situation it would be up to the admission policies of the involved institutions. It would be best to contact both institutions involved to discuss the situation and determine next steps.
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