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Credentialing FAQs

Do I have to pass tests to obtain the continuing education credits for the course?


Yes. In order to obtain credit for the course, the course test must be passed with a score of 80% or greater.

If I do not pass a test, do I have to take the whole course over?


No. You can repeat the test. Note: Each test can be taken as many times as desired.  (There is no additional charge for this.)

Approximately how much money will I have to invest to obtain Diplomate Status with the American Academy of Spine Physicians?    (For Physicians)

The average cost per online educational credit through the AASP is $10. For example, to obtain 300 continuing education credits to meet the academic criteria for Diplomate status with the American Academy of Spine Physician (DAASP), the cost would be approximately $3,000.

Approximately how much money will I have to invest to obtain Fellow Status with the American College of Spine Physicians?    (For Physicians)

The average cost per online educational credit through the AASP is $10. Diplomate status is required to be eligible for Fellow status. 300 continuing education credits are required to meet the academic criteria for Diplomate status with the American Academy of Spine Physicians (DAASP); therefore, the cost would be approximately $3,000. 200 additional continuing education credits are required to obtain Fellow status with the American College of Spine Physicians (FACSP); therefore, the total financial investment required to obtain Fellow status would be $5,000.

Approximately how much money will I have to invest to obtain Diplomate Status with the American Academy of Spine Specialists?    (For Non-Physicians)

The average cost per online educational credit through the AASP is $10. For example, to obtain 150 continuing education credits to meet the academic criteria for Diplomate status with the American Academy of Spine Specialists (DAASS), the cost would be approximately $1,500.

Approximately how much money will I have to invest to obtain Fellow Status with the American College of Spine Specialists?    (For Non-Physicians)

The average cost per online educational credit through the AASP is $10. Diplomate status is required to be eligible for Fellow status. 150 continuing education credits are required to meet the academic criteria for Diplomate status with the American Academy of Spine Specialists (DAASS); therefore, the cost would be approximately $1,500. 100 additional continuing education credits are required to obtain Fellow status with the American College of Spine Specialists (FACSS); therefore, the total financial investment required to obtain Fellow status would be $5,000.

Is the American College of Spine Physicians (which awards Fellow status to physicians) part of the American Academy of Spine Physicians?

Yes

Is the American Academy of Spine Specialists (which awards Diplomate status to non-physicians) part of the American Academy of Spine Physicians?

Yes

Is the American College of Spine Specialists (which awards Fellow status to non-physicians) part of the American Academy of Spine Physicians?

Yes

Do I have to buy the reference books used for textbook review courses?

No. You may obtain the reference book from a library or borrow it from a colleague. If you wish to obtain a textbook, it may be available to members at a discount through the AASP store or through the publisher via links on the AASP website.

Where do I obtain a list of books used for the Textbook Review Courses?

The academy also provides a downloadable/printable list of all continuing education courses and the material required for each course. Each AASP Textbook Review Course provides all of the necessary information about the textbook.

How were the textbooks chosen for the Textbook Review Courses?

The AASP Educational Committee reviewed numerous titles and chose those books/chapters which together represent a comprehensive study of the spine, spine disorders and spinecare.

How long will it take for me to complete the academic requirements for Diplomate or Fellow status with the AASP?

The requirements for credentialing with the AASP can be obtained at your own pace.



 

  
 
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Welcome to the Inform a Colleague area of the Academy Website. The American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP) strives to implement new and more efficient methods for members to communicate with other healthcare professionals. One of the most effective tools is the online "Inform a Colleague" function. This function can be used to expand and educate your spinecare referral network. It also represents a resource to conveniently inform others about trends in spinecare and about offers of organizations such as the American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP), the International Spine Association (ISA). The link library also contains an application for membership with the AASP.

The online "Inform a Colleague" feature provides an invaluable time-saving service for keeping spinecare professionalsup-to-date, expanding the spinecare network, stimulating interdisciplinary referrals and for inviting colleagues to join the AASP. The library of links is always being updated with useful information and resources. The linked messages can be used to

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This level of membership is for physicians (MD, DC, DO) whose practice/interest includes patients with spinal disorders. ($295)

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This level of membership is for allied healthcare professionals involved in spinecare and/or spine research. This includes physical therapists, massage therapists, exercise physiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician's assistants, diagnostic technicians, surgical technicians, exercise instructors, personal trainers and individuals who hold a PhD and work in the field of spinecare. ($150)

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This level of membership is for residents, fellows and students who have an interest in spinecare. ($35)





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Membership will automatically renew each calendar year starting from the date of membership renewal or membership acceptance unless the AASP is specifically notified in writing by the member at least 30 days prior to their renewal date. Please address all correspondence to the AASP Office of Member Services.

Review the accuracy of your contact information and practice profile information including your email address. To update your profile online go to www.spinephysicians.org and login using your unique member ID and PIN as noted below.

Please notify the AASP if you no longer meet membership criteria. This includes maintaining an active license to practice.




 

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