What is the NBCE?

The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, including its International Board of Chiropractic Examiners, is the international testing agency for the chiropractic profession. The NBCE develops, administers and scores standardized exams that assess knowledge, higher-level cognitive abilities and problem-solving in various basic science and clinical science subjects.

What is the history of the NBCE?

The NBCE, was formed in 1963 and administered its first exams in 1965. Before that, chiropractic candidates took the same basic science exams as medical doctor candidates. But because each state created its own exam, testing was not standard and did not uniformly uphold the highest standards.

Realizing that this process wasn’t in anyone’s best interests—the public’s, the doctors’, or the profession’s — the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB) commissioned a study that considered the formation of a national testing organization and standardized exams.

The NBCE was incorporated in 1963. From there, each state legislature considered its professional licensing laws and the possibility of requiring the NBCE’s exams. State by state, NBCE exams became accepted or required prior to application for licensure. Today all 50 states and the District of Columbia accept or require our exams.

How does the NBCE serve the public?

NBCE exams offer assurance to the general public that, regardless of where a chiropractor went to school or was licensed, he or she has demonstrated a baseline of knowledge as well as ability in diagnosis, diagnostic imaging, principles of chiropractic, associated clinical sciences and chiropractic practice.