Specialist Certification

Non-surgical approach to
neuromusculoskeletal biomechanical
orthopedic problems



Maintenance of Credential (MOC)



Neuromusculoskeletal Biomechanical Specialists

Health Care Integration

Chiropractic Orthopedic Specialists work
alongside other health care practitioners




Renewing Your Membership

If you do not have the temporary password then please Click Here and check the “Renewal Membership Information” check box on the Contact Form and a Staff Member will reply directly to you.

Pathways to D.A.C.O. Certification Examination Eligibility

The requirements for sitting the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists diplomate examination include a minimum of 300 post-graduate hours in a specialty level program, relating to the practice of chiropractic orthopedics.

Current Post-graduate Studies

Currently, post-graduate level studies are being sponsored by the University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic (UBCC). UBCC has 250 online hours that meet D.A.C.O eligibility reqirements. Also, 50 contact hours are available at multiple sites. For more information, click on the Orthopedics and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Post Doctoral Program of the University of Bridgeport at the following link: Chiropractic Continuing Education

Post-graduate Hours from Other Chiropractic Institutions

Doctors of Chiropractic may apply certified transcript hours in a post-graduate Chiropractic Orthopedics diplomate program, obtained from one or more chiropractic institutions other than UBCC, towards the minimum 300-hour requirement for D.A.C.O. eligibility. Transcript hours will be counted only once per diplomate course topic. Duplicate course material will not be accepted.

If you have certified transcript hours from a Chiropractic Orthopedics diplomate program that pre-dates the current UBCC program and wish to determine eligibility, begin the application process on the Exam Calendar page.

Special Circumstances

Requests to review post-graduate study requirements other than those listed above may be considered on a case by case basis. The following material is required for the Academy to consider a special circumstances request:

  • A detailed description of the applicable course syllabus.
  • A list of instructors.
  • A certified transcript of hours completed.

The Academy will only consider certified transcript hours in a post-graduate program whose syllabus overlaps the specialty practice of chiropractic orthopedics. The hours must not duplicate hours or content that the candidate is already applying towards their 300-hour requirement. Please refer to the D.A.C.O. job analysis for details. The candidate is encouraged to compare the post-graduate program with the D.A.C.O. job analysis for possible overlap before making a formal special circumstances request.

If you wish to have the Academy board consider the eligibility of alternative post-graduate studies, you must send a written request for a special circumstances determination to the Executive Director along with a $190.00 USD fee to The Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. Your course syllabus, transcript hours and list of instructors are required for The Academy board to begin the review and determination process. The $190.00 USD fee is for The Academy board time involved in review and determination of your case and must be paid for The Academy board to begin the review process. There is no guarantee that a special circumstances request will be approved, in whole or in part, as a result of paying the $190.00 USD fee.

Apply to Take the D.A.C.O. Certification Examination

Candidates who have completed the eligibility requirements for the D.A.C.O. certification examination may apply to sit for the Part I online written examination.

D.A.C.O. Part II Examination Dates: 2018

The ACO Part II examination will be held online for the first time this November!

The Part II test will be a timed examination consisting of three OSCE modules in a four hour period. The 2018 Part II test window dates are:

    Thursday, Nov 8 – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
    Friday, Nov 9 – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
    Saturday, Nov 10 – 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT

Successful completion of the ACO Part I examination is required. The Part II fee is $950.00, plus any testing center/proctor fees. Qualified candidates may contact us for more information.

D.A.C.O. Part I Examination Dates: 2019

Three hours are alloted to take the Part I online examination during one of the following test window dates:

    Thursday, May 16 – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
    Saturday, May 18 – 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

    Thursday, July 18 – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
    Saturday, July 20 – 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

D.A.C.O. Part II Examination Dates: 2019

The Part II test will be a timed examination consisting of three OSCE modules in a four hour period. The 2019 Part II test window dates are:

    Thursday, Nov 7 – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
    Friday, Nov 8 – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
    Saturday, Nov 9 – 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT

Please contact the Academy as soon as you can with your notice of intent to sit the Academy Board examination.


Academy Executive Board

Kim Skibsted DC, FACO
West Des Moines, IA
B. Timothy Harcourt DC, FACO
Fort Myers, FL
Paul Lombardi DC, FACO
Cocoa, FL
Professional Member
Jaroslaw (Jerry) Grod DC
Etobicoke, Ontario Canada
Public Member
Kathy Beauchamp BS. CPM
West Des Moines, IA
Programmatic Chairman and Examination Board Chair
Bruce Gunderson DC, FACO
Salt Lake City, UT
Examination Board Member and Part II OSCE Chair
Thomas A. Wicks PhD, DC, FACO
Davenport, IA
Examination Board Member and NCCA Advisor
Mark Nelson DC, FACO
Cedar, MN
Examination Board Member and Executive Board Liason
Kurt Olding DC, FACO
Minster, OH
Associate Board Members
Tom Lotus DC, FACO
Chicago, IL
Michael Ingui DC, FACO
Ramsey, NJ
Immediate Past President
James R. Brandt DC, MS, FACO
Coon Rapids, MN
Ronald Evans DC, FACO
The Villages, FL
Executive Director
Jerry Wildenauer DC, FACO
Mendota Heights, MN

Editor-in-Chief JACO
Shawn Neff DC, FACO
Martinsburg, WV
Associate Editors
James Demetrious DC, FACO
Wilmington, NC
David Swenson DC, FACO
Melrose, MA
Alicia Marie Yochum, RN, DC, DABCR
Chesterfield, MO