Session of 1999
By Committee on Public Health and Welfare

  9             AN  ACT concerning the Kansas healing arts act; qualifications for licen-
10             sure by examination; defining accredited schools or colleges of the
11             healing arts; amending K.S.A. 65-2873 and 65-2874 and repealing the
12             existing sections; also repealing K.S.A. 65-2875 and 65-2876.
14       Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
15             Section  1. K.S.A. 65-2873 is hereby amended to read as follows: 65-
16       2873. (a) Each applicant for a license by examination to practice any
17       branch of the healing arts in this state shall:
18             (1) Present to the board evidence of proficiency in the basic sciences
19       issued by the national board of medical examiners, the board of examiners
20       of osteopathic physicians and surgeons or the national board of chiro-
21       practic examiners or such other examining body as may be approved by
22       the board or in lieu thereof pass such examination as the board may
23       require in the basic science subjects;
24             (2) present proof that the applicant has completed any postsecondary
25       educational requirements established by rules and regulations of the
26       board and is a graduate of an accredited healing arts school or college;
27       and
28             (3) pass an examination prescribed and conducted by the board cov-
29       ering the subjects incident to the practice of the branch of healing art for
30       which the applicant applies.
31             (b) Any person seeking a license to practice medicine and surgery
32       shall present proof that such person has completed acceptable postgrad-
33       uate study as may be required by the board by regulations.
34             (c) The board may authorize an applicant who does not meet the
35       requirements of paragraph (2) of subsection (a) to take the examination
36       for licensure if the applicant:
37             (1) Has completed three years of postgraduate training as approved
38       by the board;
39             (2) is a graduate of a school which has been in operation for not less
40       than 15 years and the graduates of which have been licensed in another
41       state or states which has standards similar to Kansas; and
42             (3) meets all other requirements for taking the examination for licen-
43       sure of the Kansas healing arts act.
44             (d) In addition to the examination required under paragraph (3) of
45       subsection (a), if the applicant is a foreign medical graduate the applicant
46       shall pass an examination given by the educational commission for foreign
47       medical graduates.
48             (e) No person licensed to practice and actively engaged in the prac-
49       tice of the healing arts shall attach to such person's name any title, or any
50       word or abbreviation indicating that such person is a doctor of any branch
51       of the healing arts other than the branch of the healing arts in which such
52       person holds a license but shall attach to such person's name the degree
53       or degrees to which such person is entitled by reason of such person's
54       diploma.
55             Sec.  2. K.S.A. 65-2874 is hereby amended to read as follows: 65-
56       2874. (a) An accredited school of medicine for the purpose of this act
57       shall be a school or college which requires the study of medicine and
58       surgery in all of its branches, which the board shall determine to have a
59       standard of education substantially equivalent to the university of Kansas
60       school of medicine. All such schools shall be approved by the board.
61             (b) An accredited school of osteopathic medicine and surgery for the
62       purpose of this act shall be a school or college which the board shall
63       determine to meet the July, 1998, standards for accreditation of schools
64       of osteopathic medicine and surgery by the bureau of professional edu-
65       cation of the American osteopathic association. All such schools shall be
66       approved by the board.
67             (c) An accredited school or college of chiropractic for the purpose of
68       this act shall be a school or college which the board shall determine to
69       meet the January, 1998, standards for accreditation of chiropractic pro-
70       grams and institutions by the council on chiropractic education. All such
71       schools shall be approved by the board.
72             (d) The board shall adopt rules and regulations establishing the cri-
73       teria which a school shall satisfy in meeting the standard established under
74       subsection (a), (b) or (c). The criteria shall establish the minimum stan-
75       dards in the following areas:
76             (1) Admission requirements;
77             (2) basic science coursework;
78             (3) clinical coursework;
79             (4) qualification of faculty;
80             (5) ratio of faculty to students;
81             (6) library;
82             (7) clinical facilities;
83             (8) laboratories;
84             (9) equipment;
85             (10) specimens;
86             (11) financial qualifications; and
87             (12) accreditation by independent agency.
88             (c) (e) The board may send a questionnaire developed by the board
89       to any school for which the board does not have sufficient information to
90       determine whether the school meets the requirements of this statute or
91       rules and regulations adopted pursuant to this statute. The questionnaire
92       providing the necessary information shall be completed and returned to
93       the board in order for the school to be considered for approval.
94             (d) (f) The board is authorized to contract with investigative agencies,
95       commissions or consultants to assist the board in obtaining information
96       about schools. In entering such contracts the authority to approve schools
97       shall remain solely with the board. 
98       Sec.  3. K.S.A. 65-2873, 65-2874, 65-2875 and 65-2876 are hereby
99       repealed.
100        Sec.  4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
101       publication in the statute book.