Welcome to the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association
As the Commonwealth’s trusted resource for all things Chiropractic, the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association (PCA) , represents the interests of Pennsylvania’s 4000+ licensed Doctors of Chiropractic, who serve hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians every day.
The PCA exists to realize one visionary call to action: change our current disease management system to an authentic health care delivery system that embraces the concept of conservative care first and supports DCs as key health and wellness professionals who serve as the foundation for genuine health and wellness care delivery.
PCA pursues its raison d’etre by informing, educating and advocating on behalf of ALL Doctors of Chiropractic and their patients. As one of the Keystone State’s leading health care associations, the PCA is outspoken about embracing Conservative Care First as a verified public health policy strategy for safe and cost-effective health care for all Pennsylvanians. Through the delivery of a strong advocacy voice, diverse educational programs and dedicated member services, the PCA enables and empowers Doctors of Chiropractic to successfully and ethically practice for the benefit of patients, communities and the profession.
The case for opening Act 188 to allow for education of chiropractic students in Pennsylvania
“It is long overdue that Pennsylvania’s Doctors of Chiropractic stop looking in the rear view mirror of the chiropractic ‘vehicle’ and start looking through the windshield and driving our ‘vehicle.’ In other words, we need to respect, but stop obsessing on the past. Instead, we must replace that seeming fixation with a laser-like focus on and commitment to the future.
The strategic importance of Pennsylvania allowing, by law and regulation, for the education of chiropractic college students under the supervision of PA - licensed DCs cannot be overstated. Students having successful externships, internships, etc. are THE key to ensuring an adequate supply of well-educated and thoroughly trained Doctors of Chiropractic to serve Pennsylvanians’ current and future health care needs.”
Raymond J. Benedetto, DC, DACNB
PCA is keenly aware that there are currently rumors being deliberately circulated, as well as very questionable second-guessing from some individuals regarding the opening of Act 188 of 1986 (The PA Chiropractic Practice Act) to allow for the opening of Chiropractic Colleges and the education of US Chiropractic students in Pennsylvania (i.e. internships and externships) under the supervision of PA-licensed DCs. Right now, Pennsylvania is one of the ONLY states that students cannot do their externships at, depriving students the ability to finish their training in the state they wish to practice. This also deprives our 4054 licensed doctors from passing on their wisdom and knowledge to the next generation, while allowing the doctors to “test drive” students as potential associates in their practices. This current model is not good for anyone.
House Bill 1737, The PA Chiropractic Education Bill, addresses these issues and is attached for your reference, as are also 2 letters of support from the ACA and USOC. The bill also has support from several CCE accredited Chiropractic Colleges which wish to start externships in one of the largest states in the USA. A similarly worded Senate bill is expected to be introduced shortly.
Here are the facts, in context of confusing and misleading rhetoric from some corners of our profession: