(1) DEFINITION.As used in this section, “registered chiropractic assistant” means a professional, multiskilled person dedicated to assisting in all aspects of chiropractic medical practice under the direct supervision and responsibility of a chiropractic physician or certified chiropractic physician’s assistant. A registered chiropractic assistant assists with patient care management, executes administrative and clinical procedures, and often performs managerial and supervisory functions. Competence in the field also requires that a registered chiropractic assistant adhere to ethical and legal standards of professional practice, recognize and respond to emergencies, and demonstrate professional characteristics.
(2) DUTIES.Under the direct supervision and responsibility of a licensed chiropractic physician or certified chiropractic physician’s assistant, a registered chiropractic assistant may:

(a) Perform clinical procedures, which include:

1. Preparing patients for the chiropractic physician’s care.
2. Taking vital signs.
3. Observing and reporting patients’ signs or symptoms.

Terms Used In Florida Statutes 460.4166

  • Board: means the Board of Chiropractic Medicine. See Florida Statutes 560.4041
  • Chiropractic physician: means any person licensed to practice chiropractic medicine pursuant to this chapter. See Florida Statutes 560.4041
  • Direct supervision: means responsible supervision and control, with the licensed chiropractic physician assuming legal liability for the services rendered by a registered chiropractic assistant or a chiropractic student enrolled in a community-based intern program. See Florida Statutes 560.4041
  • person: includes individuals, children, firms, associations, joint adventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations, and all other groups or combinations. See Florida Statutes 88.6011
  • Registered chiropractic assistant: means a person who is registered by the board to perform chiropractic services under the direct supervision of a chiropractic physician or certified chiropractic physician's assistant. See Florida Statutes 560.4041
(b) Administer basic first aid.
(c) Assist with patient examinations or treatments other than manipulations or adjustments.
(d) Operate office equipment.
(e) Collect routine laboratory specimens as directed by the chiropractic physician or certified chiropractic physician’s assistant.
(f) Administer nutritional supplements as directed by the chiropractic physician or certified chiropractic physician’s assistant.
(g) Perform office procedures required by the chiropractic physician or certified chiropractic physician’s assistant under direct supervision of the chiropractic physician or certified chiropractic physician’s assistant.
(3) REGISTRATION.Registered chiropractic assistants may be registered by the board for a biennial fee not to exceed $25.