Part II Test Plans and Weightings (Updated for 2017)

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GENERAL DIAGNOSIS

  1. Case History (10%)
  1. Vital Signs (3%)
  1. Head and Neck Examination/Findings (6%)
  • Eye
  • Ear
  • Nose and sinuses
  • Mouth and throat
  • Neck
  1. Thorax Examination/Findings (including heart and lungs) (7%)
  • Inspection
  • Auscultation
  • Percussion
  • Palpation
  1. Abdominal Examination/Findings (6%)
  • Inspection
  • Auscultation
  • Percussion
  • Palpation
  1. Rectal and Male Urogenital Examination/Findings (4%)
  1. Diagnosis or Clinical Impression (54%)
  • Eyes, ears, nose and throat
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Blood and lymphatic diseases
  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Genitourinary diseases
  • Endocrine and metabolic disorders
  • Immunological disorders
  • Nutritional disorders
  • Infectious diseases
  1. Laboratory Interpretation (10%)
  • Urinalysis
  • Hematology
  • Chemistry/serology
  • Special studies
NEUROMUSCULOSKELETAL DIAGNOSIS

  1. Case History (13%)
  1. Posture and Gait Assessment (5%)
  1. Orthopedic Examination (22%)
  • Cervical spine
  • Thoracic spine
  • Lumbar spine and pelvis
  • Extremities
  1. Neurologic Examination (22%)
  • Cranial nerve/CNS testing
  • Motor testing
  • Sensory testing
  • Reflex testing
    • Superficial reflexes
    • Deep tendon reflexes
    • Pathological reflexes
  1. Diagnosis or Clinical Impression (38%)
  • CNS disorders
  • Peripheral neurologic/neurovascular disorders
  • Muscular disorders
  • Bone and joint disorders
DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING

  1. X-ray Technology (10%)
  • Physics and principles
  • Quality assurance
  • Radiographic imaging
  • Radiologic protection
  1. Radiographic Positioning and Normal Anatomy (20%)
  • Spine and pelvis
  • Extremities
  • Thorax and abdomen
  1. Imaging Diagnosis or Clinical Impression (50%)
  • Congenital anomalies and normal variants
  • Trauma
  • Arthritides
  • Tumors/tumor-like processes
  • Nutritional, metabolic and endocrine conditions
  • Hematologic conditions
  • Infectious conditions
  • Miscellaneous skeletal conditions
  • Thoracic and abdominal conditions
  1. Methods of Interpretation (9%)
  • Biomechanical analysis/mensuration procedures
  • Imaging interpretation and report writing
  1. Clinical Applications of Special Imaging (11%)
  • MRI
  • CT
  • Miscellaneous
PRINCIPLES OF CHIROPRACTIC

  1. The Chiropractic Paradigm (10%)
  • Core concepts
  • Research principles and methods
  1. Concepts of Subluxation and Spinal Lesions (32%)
  • Proprioceptive insult/somatosomatic reflex models
  • Neural compression/traction models
  • Visceral reflex models
  • Vascular insufficiency models
  • Axonal aberration/trophic models
  • Neuroimmunomodulation models
  • Biomechanical models
  • Other
  1. Basic Science Concepts in Chiropractic (29%)
  • Anatomical
  • Pathophysiological
  • Biomechanical
  1. Applied Chiropractic Principles (29%)
  • Subluxation etiologies
  • General effects of adjustment and manipulation
  • Wellness
CHIROPRACTIC PRACTICE

  1. Spinal Analysis and Patient Evaluation (27%)
  • Case history and observation findings
  • Manual examination of the spine and extremities
  • Diagnostic procedures
  1. Chiropractic Adjustive Technique (26%)
  • Cervical techniques
  • Thoracic techniques
  • Lumbar techniques
  • Pelvic techniques
  • Costal and extremity techniques
  1. Patient Care (27%)
  • Case management
  • Contraindications for treatment
  • Home care, prevention and rehabilitation
  1. Community Health and Wellness (11%)
  • Public health organizations
  • Healthy People initiatives
  • Screening activities for health promotion
  • Tobacco, alcohol and substance abuse
  • Exercise and healthy diet for obesity
  • Behavior theories and lifestyle change
  • Wellness counselingling
  1. Occupational and Environmental Health (9%)
  • Work-based health risks
  • Worker protection and ergonomics
  • Injury and violence
  • Impact of environment on human health
  • Pollution and wastes
ASSOCIATED CLINICAL SCIENCES

  1. Geriatrics (15%)
  • Anatomic and physiologic process of aging
  • Geriatric disorders and case management
  1. Dermatology (10%)
  • Types of skin lesions
  • Microbial infections
  • Tumors
  • Dermatitis
  • Scaling diseases
  • Vesicular and bullous diseases
  • Pigmentary disorders
  • Inflammatory reactions
  • Disorders of hair follicles and sebaceous glands
  1. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (7%)
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • AIDS
  • Chlamydia
  • Herpes
  • Other
  1. Toxicology (9%)
  • Pharmacology
  • Poisoning
  • Environmental and occupational toxicology
  1. Emergency Procedures (13%)
  • Cardiopulmonary arrest
  • Poisoning
  • Thermal injuries
  • Shock
  • Head and spinal injuries
  • Choking
  • Fractures, dislocations, strains and sprains
  • Other
  1. Psychology (11%)
  • Theories and general concepts
  • Mental and emotional disorders
  • Assessment methods and case management
  1. Gynecology and Obstetrics (13%)
  • Gynecological examination
  • Breast examination and disorders
  • Gynecological disease and abnormalities
  • Pregnancy
  • Labor and delivery
  • Postpartum
  • Obstetric disorders
  1. Pediatrics (16%)
  • Care of newborn
  • Growth and development
  • Congenital disorders
  • Childhood infectious diseases
  • Pathological conditions and childhood injuries
  • Emotional disorders and learning disabilities
  • Nutritional problems
  1. Jurisprudence, Ethics and Basic Economics (6%)