Committee on Academic Assessment and Evaluation – Chiropractic Section (CAAE-CS)

Preceptorship Program – Chiropractic

General Requirements

  • The extern student must be introduced through a written official request, by the attending college or university, which must be accredited, and recognized in good standing with the Iranian Ministry of Health & Medical Education.
  • The extern student must have successfully entered the clinical training of the curriculum (have successfully completed parts I, II of the US National Boards or its equivalent in Canada, Interns of University of Zurich – Switzerland require passing internship examination score), and have qualifies as a Clinical Intern in good standing.
  • The official written request must be received no later than 4 weeks prior to the intended date of attendance.
  • The exact purpose of the preceptor-ship program including, proposed curriculum, approximate duration, and any limitations including physical handicaps must be fully stated.
  • The written official request must be directed to the Committee on Academic Assessment and Evaluation (CAAE) – Chiropractic section director, and it must be approved by the IRCA Committee on Continued Education and the IRCA Science Secretary duly appointed by the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education.
  • Only designated doctors who have been approved by the Committee on Academic Assessment and Evaluation (CAAE) are qualifies to accept extern students for the purpose of preceptor-ship program (Qualification requirements can be found under CCAE – Designated Doctor Requirements section – Iranian Ministry of Health).

Private Clinic Requirements:

  • The preceptor-ship program must be conducted under direct supervision of an approved Designated Doctor, in good standing with the Committee on Academic Assessment and Evaluation (CAAE) – Chiropractic Licensure Section, of the Iranian Ministry of Health – Deputy Ministry of Education.
  •  The extern student must carry a full nametag, proper clinical attire, and he / she must be fully introduced (in Persian language) to every single attending patient.

 The extern student may participate in:

  • Patient history taking (under Direct supervision of the Designated Doctor).
  • Perform physical examination procedures including, Internal Medicine, Cardiopulmonary, ENT, Ophthalmic, Orthopedic and Neurological assessment (under direct supervision of the Designated Doctor) (OBGYN Examinations are excluded).
  •  Review patients medical files including: Imaging, Stress Studies, Advanced Imaging (MR, CT, BMD, Bone Sans with & without contrast) Laboratory Studies, Electro-diagnostic and related studies (under direct supervision of the Designated Doctors).

The extern student is prohibited from:

  • Discussing any information regarding the patient with any third party regardless of their relationship with the intended patient, except the Designated Doctor.
  • Making private notes, copying, obtaining photos, or transmitting patient information in any form, electronic or otherwise, without prior written permission of the patient and the Designated Doctor.
  • Communicating clinical or diagnostic information either available or prescribed to the patient without the approval and supervision of the Designated Doctor.
  • Communicating information regarding intended treatment protocol and or related issues to the intended patient without the approval and direct supervision of the Designated Doctor.
  • Prescribe and / or suggest any diagnostic procedures including imaging, advanced imaging, or laboratory studies of any kind to the intended patient without the approval and direct supervision of the Designated Doctor.
  • Prescribe or recommend the use of any medication, including those within the Chiropractic scope of practice in IRAN, without the approval and direct supervision of the Designated Doctor.
  • Prescribe and / or recommend nutritional supplement without the approval and direct supervision of the Designated Doctor.
  • Prescribe and /or recommend Physiotherapy to the intended patient, without the approval and direct supervision of the Designated Doctor.
  • Performing / applying modalities without the direct supervision and physical presence of the Designated Doctor.
  • Physical presence within the clinic premises during physical absence of the Designated Doctor.

Note: The extern student may only participate in Chiropractic Adjustment set – ups, instrument familiarization, treatment protocol reviews, but he / or she is prohibited to apply or deliver Chiropractic Adjustments to the patient, regardless of the utilized technique.

Notice: Completion of Preceptor-ship Program regardless of duration and / or content cannot be applied towards the Chiropractic Clinical Competency Program requirements necessary for all licensed Doctors of Chiropractic who may wish to obtain licensure in Iran.

Legal Notice: Any violation of the fore-mentioned prohibitions are considered practice negligence and can lead to disciplinary action against the Designated Doctor as well as the student extern, including future licensure refusal and / or license revocation by the Iranian Medical Council judiciary court.

Important Notice: Please note that Doctors of Chiropractic in Iran are officially recognized as Primary Health Care providers and as such the Chiropractic Profession is highly regulated by the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education – Deputy Ministry of Education – Committee on Academic Assessment and Evaluation (CCAE-CS) responsible for Chiropractic Licensure. Furthermore, Doctors of Chiropractic are official members of the Iranian Medical Council, and are required to abide by the current requirements and regulations set forth by this council.

The Iranian Chiropractic Association is also an officially recognized professional Medical Association, licensed and supervises by the Iranian Ministry of Health – Department of Medical Associations, and as such is highly regulated by the pertaining rules and regulations.


H. Sabbagh, DC, CCCN

CAAE – Chiropractic Section

IRCA Science Secretary

IRCA President

[email protected]

Further inquiry can be obtained from the;

Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education (IMHME)

The Committee on Academic Assessment and Evaluation – Chiropractic Section (CAAE-CS)

Deputy Ministry of Education

Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education

South Falamak Aven. , Simaye- Iran St., Shahrak Qarb, Block A, Second Floor

Tel: 81452364-5

www.behdasht.gov.ir 

Iranian Chiropractic Association (IRCA)

Tel: 09014505639

www.irca.info

Updated: January 2022