Faculty Instructor

Faculty Instructor Certification 

Full Faculty Instructor Testing Packet Can Be Viewed Here

The Blair Faculty Instructor certification serves to assure the doctor and student alike that the certified doctor is considered qualified to teach the basics of the Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Technique on campus as the equivalent of the Blair Primary and Intermediate Seminars. A full description of the Blair Primary and Intermediate Seminars can be obtained from the Blair Society website; which includes the Blair concepts of misalignment of the upper cervical spine, spinographic technique for the imaging of specific articular misalignments, the interpretation of spinographic findings, leg length procedure and analysis, paraspinal skin temperature differential pattern analysis and all Atlas and Axis side of laterality and side-opposite single misalignment adjustments.

  1. Faculty Prerequisites

    1. A minimum of two years of experience in teaching and/or practice.
    2. Attendance of a full three-part Blair Technique seminar series given by a Certified Blair Instructor.
    3. Either be a full time faculty member of a chiropractic college or part time chiropractic college instructor and in private practice.
  2. Faculty Application Process

    1. Request in writing on faculty letterhead the desire to be evaluated for the Blair Technique Proficiency Certification addressed to the Chair of Technique and Instruction. Dr. Dennis Campbell
    2. Request is to be accompanied by proof of attendance of at least one set of Primary, Intermediate and Advanced Blair Seminars, including seminar dates and names of instructors.
    3. Include a check or electronic payment for $150 made out to the Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Society, Inc. which is non-refundable and due in full prior to the initial examination or submission.

Faculty X-Ray Examination

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  1. Once the application has been accepted and approved by the Committee of Technique and Instruction, contact two Blair Advanced Instructors, as indicated on the Blair Society website, who are willing to analyze your x-rays. These may be assigned by the Committee Chair.
  2. Submit five (5) complete sets (not necessarily consecutive) of Blair Upper Cervical X-Ray series to the first of the two selected instructors.
    1. The submitted x-rays need to be taken and marked by the applicant (CBCT images do NOT need to have been taken by the applicant).  If x-ray facilities necessary to take Blair films are unavailable, the Certified Blair Advanced Instructor heading the examination will send five full sets of Blair x-rays to be marked and returned by the applicant.
      1. Those who use CBCT or don’t own an x-ray unit and have films taken for them, must submit to the committee a video of them taking a full set of Blair films in a Blair office (or college) and verbally explain the process as the doctor sets up to take the images. This should confirm the doctor’s capacity to accurately take a full set of Blair images.
    2. The submitted x-ray sets need to be taken 90 days before or after submission of the application.
    3. At minimum the Blair X-Ray series is made up of an A-P open mouth, base posterior, unilateral or bilateral stereoviews and bilateral protractoviews (stereoviews when necessary). As many retake or supplemental views may be included in each film set as are necessary to obtain readable images of the articular margins of each of the joints in question.
    4. The requisite x-ray form to be filled out for each set will be provided by the Committee of Technique and Instruction.
      1. Preferred contact based on listing, angles and anatomy should be recorded.
      2. Contraindications and pathologies should be noted.
      3. All angles from C1 to C4 must be marked.
      4. Listings for C1 to C4 must be marked.
    5. Traditional Film X-Rays: Include two stamped and addressed envelopes one made out to the second Instructor and the other to yourself.
    6. Digital X-Rays and CBCT: Digitally taken x-rays or still CBCT images (analogous to the minimum Blair X-Ray series views as described above) need to be submitted as .jpegs on a disc exported from your digital x-ray program. Two discs may be burned and sent to each instructor simultaneously. Specifically for CBCT images:
      1. Base Posterior view as MPR image showing where the ear marker would be.
      2. APOM view as MPR image with proper image thickness to see the cervical structures.
      3. 2 Lateral stereo views shown as left and right 3D views, or even more diagnostically MPR images of each half of the spine.
      4. Left and right protractoviews as MPR images at full thickness.
      5. In addition you may send the protractoview slices from curved slicing to confirm the listing as well as any additional views that confirm your listings.
    7. With the imaging include a video of the applicant taking Blair x-rays utilizing Blair headclamps to confirm the applicant’s ability to properly take and teach Blair imaging procedure.
    8. Instructors will evaluate film quality, patient placement and findings. All five sets must pass with an 80% or greater from each instructor.
    9. Failure to pass one or more sets: the applicant may submit a like number of sets within a 90 day period in order to avoid another $50 application fee and resubmittal of another 5 sets.

Faculty Practical Examination

The applicant will be notified by the Chair of Instruction and Technique following successful completion of the x-ray portion of the examination.  The applicant should then contact two Blair Advanced Instructors who are willing to proceed with the rest of the examination process, and arrange for testing. These may be assigned by the Committee Chair.

  1. Demonstration on a toggle monitor (or other appropriate device) adjustments for all Atlas and Axis side of laterality and side-opposite single misalignment adjustments. The applicant will be required to explain each listing regarding both the mechanism of displacement and correction. Each simulated adjustment may be attempted twice.
  2. If the analyzed x-rays were not taken by the applicant, then the applicant must show the capacity to take the Blair series of x-rays either in an x-ray setting or describing the process in detail.
  3. Applicant must set up, explain and show correct patient placement for the side posture toggle table.
  4. Skill must be shown in graphing and pattern analysis. The applicant should be fluent with the types of scanning machines and the purpose of bilateral skin temperature differential devices.
  5. The applicant will be required to manually demonstrate leg balance tests as they are taught in the Blair seminar series. This should include the modified Derifield/Thompson prone leg check, Cervical Syndrome Tests, and Modified Prill spinal balance leg checks.

Faculty Oral/Written Examination

This is usually done in conjunction with the Practical portion of the process. The applicant is to be tested on the Blair principles of articular misalignment in relation to joint mechanics and spinographic imaging of the upper cervical spine.

Passing Faculty

    1. Each section of each certification is considered passed if the applicant scores 80% correct from each of the two instructors. A “passing” mark must be earned for each of the three requirements set forth above, within a period of three years of the initial examination or submission.
    2. Following successful completion of all portions of the Blair Certification process, the results will be forwarded first to the Chair of Instruction and Technique and then on to the Blair Society Board of Directors and the final decision regarding passage of the applicant will be determined by them.
    3. On final approval the appropriate certificate will then either be sent to the applicant or awarded at the annual Blair Conference. The listing on the Blair Society website will also then be updated to indicate the new certification.

Maintaining Faculty Instructor status

    1. The doctor must submit to periodic re-evaluation by Certified Blair Advanced Instructors at the choosing of the Chair of Technique and Instruction. 
    2. Maintain professional conduct as a credit to the legacy of the late Dr. William G. Blair.
    3. The Certified Blair Faculty Instructor will only be allowed to teach the Blair Technique on campus or at other college approved sites. Attempting to present Blair seminars privately off campus could result in revocation of Faculty Instructor certification.
    4. Failure to comply with the above mentioned requirements or altering the instruction away from the guidelines established by William G. Blair, D.C. will result in either inactivation or revocation of the Faculty Instructor certification. Any classes taught without an active Instructor certification will not be approved by the Blair Society, and students will not be able to use those classes towards their own certifications.