LCA Clinical Trainer FAQs

What is a Licensed Chiropractic Assistant (LCA)?

An individual holding a license issued by the New Jersey State Board of Chiropractic Examiners to practice chiropractic assistance under the supervision of a NJ licensed chiropractor.

A licensed chiropractic assistant may use the full title or its abbreviation, "LCA."

What is an LCA Clinical Trainer?

A Doctor of Chiropractic who holds a license in good standing to practice chiropractic in the State of New Jersey.

A chiropractor who agrees to supervise/train the LCA candidate throughout the 380-hour clinical requirement, and attest to the individual's successful completion of the training.

Why should I become an LCA Trainer?

New Jersey is the first state in the nation to offer individuals the opportunity to attain licensure as a Chiropractic Assistant.

The Doctor of Chiropractic who serves as an LCA Clinical Trainer is an integral part of the LCA licensing process and provides an invaluable service to the public, the profession, and patients who seek our natural healthcare services.

What are my responsibilities?

As an approved LCA Clinical Trainer you assume important responsibilities, including:

  1. Supervising and teaching clinical skills, to the Chiropractic Assistant who is working towards licensure, in the following areas:

    1. Health Data Collection
    2. Active Therapeutic Rehabilitative Procedures and Passive Modalities
    3. Documentation and Record Keeping
    4. Patient Safety, Emergency Procedures, and Hygiene
  2. Sign a notarized attestation that the LCA candidate has successfully completed the 380-hour clinical training requirement for licensure.
  3. Ensuring the public's interest and safety are met, by offering a competent mentorship that is consistent with the LCA scope of practice as defined by NJCBE statute and regulations.

How do I become a Trainer?

Complete the mandatory 2-hour Train the Clinical Trainer educational/instructional approved online recorded webinar course.

Northeast/C.E. offers an approved Train the Clinical Trainer course. The tuition for this course is $125.00.

Can I charge a fee to the LCA candidate for my training services?

There are no provisions by statute or policy that direct or endorse a fee for the clinical training services you are providing to the candidate.

Can I bill the patients' insurance for services the LCA candidate provides?

No, you may not bill any third party payers for services the candidate is performing while training.

Can I train more than 1 candidate at a time?

Yes, you may train up to 2 individuals at one time.

How do I evaluate the candidate?

The evaluation methods are described in detail within the Train the Clinical Trainer course.

The evaluation process is qualitative and as such, you will rate the candidate's skills based on criteria related to your expectations of clinical skills, not based on the number of patient encounters.

What if I cannot train the candidate on all the clinical tasks that must be evaluated (e.g. active therapeutic rehabilitative procedures and/or passive physiotherapeutics)?

It is the candidate's responsibility to find a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic who will co-train and supervise that aspect of their training.

That individual will attest to that component of the candidate's training.

What if the candidate causes harm to the patient during the training period?

Most malpractice insurance companies cover all employees of the doctor.

Please contact your malpractice insurance company for information about their policy coverage.

What if the candidate does not meet my expectations and I cannot attest to their completion of the training?

As is the case in all professional degrees, it is the student's responsibility to meet all requirements for licensure.

If the clinical Trainer cannot in good, professional conscious, attest to the candidate's completion of their training then it is the candidate's responsibility to seek remediation.

It is essential that the clinical Trainer remember their role is first and foremost to protect the public.

After licensure, what is the typical salary for someone who is an LCA?

Northeast is not able to provide estimated compensation rates, as such data are scarce and may vary greatly from municipality to municipality. Hiring a Licensed Chiropractic Assistant (LCA) can be an asset to any practice, as they can assist in certain aspects of patient care and may boost a practice's financial well-being. The LCA can perform several services that are billable to third-party payers, notated as "incident to the doctor's service." As a result of their training, the LCA can render care and provide the DC office with another healthcare provider who can assist in building the practice (i.e.: patient referrals, community education, patient treatment care plan compliance, etc.). You may want to consider researching comparable professions to see how their market-rate value is assessed.

Who should I contact for assistance or additional information?

Northeast College of Health Sciences
Frank J. Nicchi School of Continuing Education

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