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29 May 2006 @ 10:16 pm
My education about education  
So the Basic Care Intensive I went to a couple weeks ago came with a conference call with Donny Epstein, the guy who came up with NSA.  That conversation happened last Sunday, and while most of it was recaps of stuff we already knew, there was one section that was of particular interest to me.  Which was pretty much assured by the fact that I asked the question.

In order to practice NSA, you must be a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic.  That much I knew.  What I didn't know was if DC students were allowed to take the examinations to become NSA certified prior to getting the license.  As it turns out, here's how it works.

If you attend an ICI or ACI (Intermediate or Advanced care intensive, respectively), you can take the exams.  Which is to say, whatever requirements they have for attending the ICI also meets the requirements for the test - you won't get the actual certification or listing in the directory until after you're liensed, but you can take the test early and start practicing the moment you get the piece of paper.  And as far as I can tell, the only requirements for attending the ICI are having attended either two BCI's or one BCI and one hands-on workshop.  The other requirement is that there be an ICI or ACI scheduled.

In related news, I'm scheduled to attend two BCI Hands-On Workshops in San Francisco - one in July and one in August.  Also, they just added an ICI to the schedule in Denver for November.  It's the weekend before Thanksgiving, and it's Thursday through Monday (Monday being the exam date).  Last year, that was a light week for exams, but since that's next term I have no way of knowing at this point what it'll be like.  However, I'll know as soon as the term starts - which will be the first week of September, two and a half months before the ICI.  Plenty of time to sign up (assuming it's not full).

If it works out, it works out.  If not, it'll happen next time around.  The important thing is that it'll happen before graduation, so I can start out my career doing what it is I want to do.

That makes me a happy guy.
 
 
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