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What is the Physiotherapy Exam?

Physiotherapy is an elective examination; it consists of 90 standard multiple-choice questions, of which 80 questions are scored. The ten non-scored questions are included within each examination for diagnostic purposes. The Physiotherapy Examination is allotted 75 minutes of testing time.

Who can take Physiotherapy?
  • You must have successfully completed 120 hours of instruction in physiotherapy, before the NBCE application deadline.
  • Your instruction must be from and/or recognized by one of the chiropractic colleges whose students are currently eligible to take the NBCE examinations.
  • You may take Physiotherapy individually or in conjunction with other NBCE examinations.
What topics are included in Physiotherapy?

The NBCE develops every exam based on a test plan. The detailed Physiotherapy test plan includes topics 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 Physiotherapy reference text list.

Can I see sample questions?

The NBCE offers a sample test for Physiotherapy. The sample test contains 50 questions and costs $15.

What can I expect at the test site?

The NBCE is committed to exam security. The only items you are allowed to bring into the testing area are two forms of ID and a key to your car. (NO remote keyless entry devices are allowed.) Please review the complete list of test site rules before you arrive to take your test.


Where can I take Physiotherapy?

The NBCE offers Physiotherapy at chiropractic colleges across the country. Some test sites offer the option of computer-based tests. You can select a test site when you apply. See the compete list of test sites.