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Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions about the Naturopathic Doctor continuing professional competency requirements. If after reviewing the below you still have questions, please contact the program at: 303-894-2363 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A: Registrants can meet the continuing professional competency requirements by one of the following three methods:
A: Each renewal period:
Review the Documents and Resources to access the manual containing detailed instructions on meeting Continuing Professional Competency requirements and to access forms including the RSAT, Learning Plan, and categories for Professional Development Activities (PDA).
A: A naturopathic doctor satisfies the continuing competency requirements if the registrant meets the continuing professional competency of one of the following entities:
There are currently no entities approved for Deemed Status. The Director has sole discretion to administratively approve a state agency and accrediting body and/or entity meeting the criteria established in Director Rule 13(E). Once an accrediting body and/or entity is approved, such approval will be publicly published.
A: Pursuant to section 12-70-102, C.R.S., licensees who have been called to federally funded active duty for more than 120 days for the purpose of serving in a war, emergency or contingency may request an exemption from the continuing professional competency requirements for the renewal, reinstatement, or reactivation of his/her license for the 2-year renewal period that falls within the period of service or within six months following the completion of service.
A: A Reflective Self-Assessment Tool is a reflective practice tool in which a registrant can reflect upon his/her knowledge and skills pertaining to the foundational areas of naturopathic medicine, taking into account the the registrant's current level and area of practice. A registrant will complete the Director approved Reflective Self-Assessment Tool (RSAT) form. The registrant should retain a copy of his/her completed RSAT so it can be used as a resource during the renewal period. It is to be completed at the beginning of each 2-year renewal period and will not be submitted to the Director.
A: Professional Development Activities (PDAs) are learning activities undertaken to increase the registrant's knowledge and skill or hone existing knowledge and skill for the purpose of continuing professional development. PDAs are equal to clock hours; one PDA is equal to one clock hour (60 minutes). PDA must be completed by the end of each renewal period and will count for only one renewal period.
PDAs are organized into seven (7) categories: Coursework, Group Study, Independent Learning, Mentoring, Presenting, Publishing, and Volunteer Service. A registrant must accrue a total of 25 PDA by the end of each renewal period. No more than 5 PDAs will be credited in any one category, except for coursework. All 25 hours can be earned in coursework and a minimum of 13 hours must be earned in coursework.
If treating a child younger than two (2) years old, the registrant must successfully complete five (5) PDAs solely related to pediatrics which includes subject matter related to recognizing a sick infant and when to refer an infant for more intensive care. These (5) PDAs can be earned by Coursework or Mentoring. If only treating children two (2) years old or older but less than eight years old, the registrant must successfully complete three(3) PDA solely related to pediatrics. These three (3) PDAs can be completed by Coursework or Mentoring.
A: If treating a child younger than two (2) years old, the registrant must successfully complete five (5) hours of education or practicum training solely related to pediatrics which includes subject matter related to recognizing a sick infant and when to refer an infant for more intensive care.
If treating a child two (2) years or older, but less than eight (8) years old, the registrant must successfully complete three (3) hours of education or practicum training solely related to pediatrics.
These hours may count toward the 25 PDA requirement and must be earned in the category of Coursework or Mentoring.
To learn more about additional pediatric requirements administered by the Office of Naturopathic Doctor Registration, visit the Program’s Laws, Rules and Policies web page. Refer to the Naturopathic Doctor Practice Act or refer to the Naturopathic Doctor Program webpage.
Go to www.colorado.gov/dora/Naturopathy_CPC_Forms to view the Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) Manual, which contains detailed instructions on how to meet the requirements of continuing professional competency. Other forms and definitions are also available at this page.