What is Part II?

Part II is a computer-based test, delivered on chiropractic college campuses.

Part II tests six clinical science areas (domains):

  • General Diagnosis
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Diagnosis
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Principles Of Chiropractic
  • Chiropractic Practice
  • Associated Clinical Sciences

Each domain consists of 50 standard multiple-choice questions.

Part II is divided into three sessions; each session consists of two domains. Each domain is allotted 42 minutes with an optional 15 minute break after each of the first two sessions. Testing appointments are 5 hours.

Who can take Part II?
What topics are included in Part II?

The NBCE develops every exam based on a test plan. The detailed Part II test plan includes topics, subtopics, and weightings (the percentage of the test devoted to each topic).

Does the NBCE publish a list of books to help me prepare?

The NBCE uses reference texts from the chiropractic colleges. See the Part II reference text list.

Can I see sample questions?

The NBCE offers sample tests for each Part II subject. Each sample test contains 50 questions and costs $15.

What can I bring to the test site?

The NBCE is committed to exam security. The only item you are allowed to bring into the secure testing area is one form of ID. The NBCE will provide a place to store your car key (one key allowed). Please review the complete list of test site rules before you arrive to take your test.

Where can I take Part II?

The NBCE offers Part II at chiropractic colleges across the country and in some international locations. Some test sites offer the option of computer-based tests. You can select a test site when you apply. See the compete list of accredited test sites, along with other eligible colleges.