Course Description

Fundamentals covers the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of The Pettibon Rehabilitation System. Download the Content Listing & Educational Objectives[PDF].

Content Listing & Educational Objectives

  • Normal spinal form and function
  • Neural control of posture
  • The Pettibon Spinal ModelTM and its key principles
  • Abnormal spinal form and function
  • Posture patterns
  • Soft tissue physiology
  • Initiating Event Spinal Displacement Complex
  • Soft tissue physiology
  • Overview of Pettibon System X-ray Procedures
  • Purpose of rehabilitation
  • The Pettibon Weighting System
  • Diagnostics & testing
  • Overview of the three phases of care

Upon its completion, Fundamentals will enable participants to identify:

  • The Pettibon Spinal Model and its key principles.
  • The causes and consequences of abnormal spinal form and function.
  • Soft tissues’ physiological properties and functions.
  • The reasons why conventional chiropractic adjustments cannot force the spine into alignment.
  • The difference between conventional chiropractic adjustments and mobilizations.
  • The key components of The Pettibon System X-ray Procedures.
  • The Pettibon Weighting System and how it works.
  • The protocol patients follow for routine clinic visits.
  • The three examinations conducted at every clinic visit.
  • The specific instruments and rehabilitation equipment that support the implementation of The Pettibon System in the clinic.
  • What Home Care is and why it’s important.
  • The three phases of care and their distinctions.


Up to 12 hours available (CEU is based on time spent in the course up to the maximum available)

Time to Complete

The clock starts running as soon as you register. You’ll have 30 days to complete the course. If you are not able to complete the course within those 30 days, contact us at to request one free course extension (30 days). There will be a $20 fee for each additional 30-day extension.

What’s the process for getting CE hours?

We send a monthly report of doctors who have successfully completed the online courses to the coordinator at Palmer College and PACE (Providers of Approved Continuing Education) at the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards at the beginning of each month. The doctors’ chiropractic regulatory boards are then informed by the CE providers. Not all boards accept online courses for CE hours and not all boards accept courses from Recognized PACE Providers. We have listed all the CE Re-licensure Requirements for the US and Canada so you can verify what your board accepts.  Hours in this report are calculated based on time spent to complete a course up to the amount available.

Some states and provinces require the doctor to submit the certificate of completion. It is your responsibility to know the process with your state/province. If you are responsible for submitting your hours, be sure to print out the certificate once you finish the evaluation at the end of each online course.

(Need assistance in a hurry outside of the monthly report? E-mail for assistance, there will be a $25 filing fee.)