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Who is eligible to take Part I?

If you are enrolled in an eligible chiropractic college, you can take Part I in your second year. Your college must authorize your application the first time you apply. Please review complete Part I eligibility rules.

Who is eligible to take Part II?

If you are enrolled in an eligible chiropractic college, you can take Part II in your third year. Your college must authorize your application the first time you apply. Please review complete Part II eligibility rules.

Who is eligible to take Part III?

If you are enrolled in an eligible chiropractic college, you can take Part III when you have passed all subjects in Part I and are within nine months of graduation. Your college must authorize your application the first time you apply. Please review complete Part III eligibility rules.

Who is eligible to take Physiotherapy?

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible to take the Physiotherapy Examination, you must have successfully completed 120 hours of instruction in physiotherapy, before the application deadline. This instruction must be taken at and/or recognized by one of the chiropractic colleges whose students are currently eligible to take the NBCE examinations. Physiotherapy may be taken individually or in conjunction with other NBCE written examinations.

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

To establish initial eligibility for Physiotherapy, your application must be signed by the registrar of the college, or you must provide documentation showing completion of 120 hours of physiotherapy instruction.

DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC ELIGIBILITY

A doctor of chiropractic who has never taken the Physiotherapy Exam must provide documentation specifically stating the completion of 120 hours of physiotherapy instruction or obtain the signature of a college official. A copy of one’s doctor of chiropractic degree diploma may meet this requirement.

 STATE BOARD REQUIREMENTS

The NBCE recommends a passing score of 375 for the Physiotherapy Exam; however, Individual states may require a higher passing score. For current information on state regulations pertaining to Physiotherapy scores, you must contact the licensing board of the state(s) in which you plan to practice.

Who is eligible to take Part IV?
  • You are eligible to apply for Part IV if you have passed all subjects of Part I.
  • You must also be within six months of graduation or a graduate of an eligible chiropractic college.
  • See additional eligibility requirements if you have graduated, or are retaking Part IV.
Who is eligible to take Acupuncture?

To be able to take the Acupuncture Examination, you must have successfully completed 100 hours of instruction in acupuncture before the application deadline. Please review complete Acupuncture eligibility rules.

Who is eligible to take SPEC?

In order to establish eligibility for SPEC, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • You must hold or have held a license to practice chiropractic. The license may have lapsed, been suspended or revoked, etc.
  • You must provide written authorization from a state board or international licensing agency to take SPEC. The authorization form is part of the application. This form must bear an official state or national seal or stamp as well as an authorizing signature.

The NBCE does not limit the number of times you may take SPEC; however, this policy is unrelated to individual licensing agency policies regarding the recognition of examination scores.

Note: SPEC is not for initial licensing purposes and does not replace NBCE Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV.

Eligibility Policy

NBCE ELIGIBILITY POLICY

(ADOPTED NOVEMBER 2, 2006) Applications will be accepted from otherwise eligible individuals enrolled in or graduates of a doctor of chiropractic degree program, or its equivalent, that is accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education United States, or any other specialized accrediting agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education to accredit doctor of chiropractic degree programs, or a chiropractic accrediting agency that is approved by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Board of Directors (Board), or from individuals enrolled in a doctor of chiropractic program or its equivalent, that has regional accreditation and is actively pursuing accreditation (i.e. has candidate status) with a chiropractic accrediting agency approved by the Board. The chiropractic accrediting agencies currently approved by the Board are:

  • Council on Chiropractic Education U.S.
  • Council on Chiropractic Education Canada
  • European Council on Chiropractic Education
  • Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia

NOTICE: The NBCE will not issue official transcripts to those candidates who are graduates of institutions that are pursuing accreditation (i.e., have candidate status) with a chiropractic accrediting agency recognized by the NBCE until the program has been granted full accreditation by said agency. The NBCE accepts no responsibility or liability and will provide no refunds of fees if a program that is pursuing accreditation fails to be granted full accreditation.