PART 19               CHIROPRACTIC ASSISTANTS               ISSUING AGENCY:  New Mexico Chiropractic Board, PO Box 25101, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504.

[ NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC 4.19.1, 8/10/2019]               SCOPE:  All chiropractic physicians and chiropractic assistants.

[ NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC 4.19.2, 8/10/2019]               STATUTORY AUTHORITY:  These rules of practice and procedure govern the practice of chiropractic in New Mexico and are promulgated pursuant to and in accordance with the Chiropractic Physician Practice Act, Subsection F of Section  61-4-3 and  Subsection D of 61-4-5 NMSA 1978.

[ NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC 4.19.3, 8/10/2019]               DURATION:  Permanent.

[11/16/97; Recompiled 12/31/01]               EFFECTIVE DATE:  August 10, 2019, unless a later date is cited at the end of a section or paragraph.

[ NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC 4.19.5, 8/10/2019]               OBJECTIVE:  To establish educational requirements and duties for chiropractic assistants and defines supervision of a chiropractic physician and define supervision of a chiropractic physician.

[ NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC 4.19.6, 8/10/2019]               DEFINITIONS:  (Refer to  subsection D of NMAC).

[ NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC 4.19.7, 8/10/2019]               CHIROPRACTIC ASSISTANT:

                A.            The minimum education requirement for a chiropractic assistant is high school graduation or equivalent with a minimum of three months of supervised training in the specific duties and procedures the chiropractic assistant will perform.

                B.            The chiropractic assistant can, under the supervision of the chiropractic physician, perform diagnostic tests and administer the use of any or all natural agencies imbued with the healing act such as food, water, heat, cold, electrical mechanical appliances, herbs, nutritional supplements and homeopathic remedies.

                C.            As used in this section, the term “under the supervision of the chiropractic physician” means that:

                                (1)           the chiropractic physician shall have a current New Mexico license in “good standing” with the board;

                                (2)           the chiropractic physician shall personally train the chiropractic assistant in any procedure they practice; and

                                (3)           the chiropractic physician must be physically present in the same building and immediately available in order for the chiropractic assistant to treat the patient.

[ NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC 4.19.8, 8/10/2019]



Pre-NMAC History:  The material in this part was derived from that previously filed with the State Records Center and Archives under:

Rule 20-95, Chiropractic Assistant, filed 12/14/95.


History of Repealed Material:  16 NMAC 4.19, Chiropractic Assistants filed 10/17/1997 Repealed effective 8/10/2019.


Other History:  16 NMAC 4.19, Chiropractic Assistants filed 10/17/1997 was replaced by 16.4.19 NMAC, Chiropractic Assistants effective 8/10/2019.