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Over the Counter Drugs (4 CE hours) Oregon Required for 1st Year DC Renewal

  • Board Restrictions note: Co-sponsored courses may not be eligible for CE in Tennessee; Credit calculations may vary for New Mexico approval
  • This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles of pharmacology and toxicology of over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. Emphasis is on the mechanism of action (MOA) of the OTC drugs and usage in the chiropractic practice in Oregon. The course covers the action of OTC drugs and other chemicals on the various organ systems of the body. A variety of OTC medications will be covered, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). Current applications of pharmacology in chiropractic practice will be emphasized. Completion of this course is a requirement for the qualification in the use of OTC drugs and chiropractic clinical practice. 

    Note: enrollment for this course is limited to 90 days. If you need more time, please contact the continuing education office at 503-251-5719 or ce@uws.edu.  



    • Course Goals

      After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

      1. Develop a working knowledge of the general principles and applications of pharmacology and toxicology.
      2. Become familiar with common prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications (OTCs), and poisons.
      3. Develop a practical understanding of pharmacological agents important to chiropractic practice in the state of Oregon.
      4. Address the requirements as set forth by the state of Oregon for all first-year licensed chiropractors.


      Course Structure

      1. Lessons. The content in each unit is broken down into navigable lessons.
      2. Quizzes. There are brief quizzes to assess your understanding of the course material. CE credit for the course is awarded upon successful completion of the quizzes. You must score 80% on all quizzes to receive the Certificate of Completion. All of the quizzes may be retaken as necessary.
      3. Time: This system tracks the time you spend online in the course. As this is a 4-hour course, to be able to print your certificate, you must spend at least 85% of the CE hours actively engaged in the course.


      Unit Topics

      1. The FDA and the Regulation of Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drugs and Related Products

      2. The U.S. OTC Drug Market: Economics and Usage

      3. Oregon DC Laws Regarding OTC Products

      4. OTCs and Special Populations and Conditions

      5. OTC Drug Categories and The Role of Chiropractic

      6. OTC Traditional Medicine Pain Relief

      7. OTC Alternative Products Pain Relief

      8. OTC Respiratory System Products

      9. Gastrointestinal System OTC Products

      10. Integumentary System OTC Products

      11. Ophthalmic OTC Products

      12. Dental/Oral OTC Products

      13. Miscellaneous OTC Products: Sleep Aids, Hormonal Products, and Hemorrhoid Products


      Course Completion and Certificate

      In order to complete this course, you must pass each quiz with a score of 80% or higher. You may take each section quiz as many times as needed.

      At the completion of the course, please take a moment to download or print your CE Course Completion Certificate and fill out a short questionnaire. 

    • This fully-online course is self-paced and designed to be taken at the convenience of the learner. Learning occurs as you review the presented materials, engage in learning activities, and take a final quiz at the end of the course. If you have questions about the content of this course, you can contact UWS CE at ce@uws.edu.

    InstructorSue White
    Subject Breakdown4 hrs Pharmacology
    Total Credits4.00
    FormatDistance - On-demand
    Course OutlineOverTheCounterDrugs Outline.docx
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