Written Exam Study Guide 2014. Helpful Candidate Documents. Look on the www.acnb.org Home Page for Helpful Candidate Documents.
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The first essential document is the 2014 Written Exam Blueprints. This document explains how the test was developed and provides you with percentages for each area of the neurological system and the percentages for each major work area. Be sure to thoroughly read this document.
The document entitled “Tools and Modalities” will assist you in knowing what types of tools, what special studies and what treatment modalities might be used on the test. This document is only an overview, not an exhaustive list. The risk factors listed here are either the Risk for Treatment (e.g. adjusting a person with severe osteoporosis) or Risk for the Illness/Injury (e.g. occupational risks such as football for head injuries or knee injuries)
The Practice Test is a great way to learn about how the test is written and how to use the cases. It should take you 20 minutes to take the Practice Test. Be sure to time yourself because, if you take more than 20 minutes, you will know to request extra time on the exam. The options are to ask for 1 hour extra for each of the 3 parts for $100.00 OR ask for 2 hours extra for each of the 3 parts for $200.00. You MUST request this well before you register for the administration of the written exam with SMT in July (I cover this in another PowerPoint document that I will post a little later when I have all of the information).
The final and most comprehensive document is the 2014 Study Guide document derived from the Job Analysis 2014. It is divided into important sections with each section divided into the areas of the neurological system:
This small insert indicates what anatomy & physiology you should know for the microscopic neuron section. Usually these items could be embedded in the Metabolic Rate of Central Integrated State of the patient.
Each neurology domain has its own section. Be sure to know this information.
The first subsection under Disorders and Diagnoses is the Red Flag/Scope of Practice.
You will have some of the cases on the written exam. You must know how to recognize them and what you are to do with them. If real treatment of them is out of your scope of practice, refer them properly. You MUST know your limitations. Just because this test is over functional neurology does not mean that functional neurology is the best treatment of all patient problems.
Most of the sections of the neuraxis have their own Disorders or Diagnoses. As you know, many primary diagnoses have secondary or concomitant diagnoses. When studying, be sure to use your pathway knowledge to identify primary versus secondary diagnoses.
This section is applicable so that you know what you are expected to be able to use so that you can properly diagnose your patients. This information is valuable for both the written and the performance exams. The insert on the next slide shows only a portion of the information regarding Peripheral Nerve.
This major division of the Study Guide document identifies the customary (according to the Job Analysis) treatments and Rehabilitation principles used by Diplomates. An example from one subsection is presented in the insert on the next page. Remember, these are only samples. You need to use the entire 2014 Study Guide!
The final section of the 2014 Study Guide is the section that identifies the special studies deemed as either frequently used or important or both by the respondents on the Job Analysis 2014. Any of these Special Studies may appear on the Exam and you are responsible to know what study is the best for the problem.
This is a small section. Remember, use the entire guide.
If you do not find your answer there, send me an email and I will find the answer then post the question and the answer on that spot on the website. If there are a lot of questions, I will send them out to all Potential Candidates before May 1st and all Registered Candidates after May 1st and before the Written Exam. If the question is about the Performance Exam, those will be sent to all Candidates prior to the June 7th exam. I will not answer content questions after those times so that everyone gets the same information.
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You have a lot to study between now and August 1st. Don’t forget, you are examining for certification in Chiropractic Neurology. Take care of your own Brain so that you can do your best. Use all of the principles you have learned to assure that you are in the best possible condition physically and neurologically!