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National Board of Chiropractic Examiners


National Board of Chiropractic Examiners

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.

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.


Pre-Licensure Exams

The NBCE offers exams in the areas basic sciences (Part I), clinical sciences (Part II), clinical competency (Part III), and a practical skills exam (Part IV). Licensing agencies that regulate the practice of chiropractic use NBCE exam scores in their evaluation of candidates for licensure.


Post-Licensure Exams

The Special Purposes Exam for Chiropractic (SPEC) is offered to licensed chiropractors as required by their state. SPEC is used in special circumstances, such as reciprocity/endorsement, reinstatement following licensure lapse, disciplinary action, suspension, revocation, etc.

Other Exams

What Other Exams Does The NBCE Offer?

The NBCE offers elective exams in the areas of Physiotherapy and Acupuncture. The NBCE also offers state required exams – The Florida Chiropractic Laws and Rules Exam and The Oregon Obstetrics, Gynecology and Genitourinary (OGG) and Minor Surgery and Proctology (MSP) Examinations

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Part I Exams Update

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April 2020 Part I Exam Re-Administration Update Notice

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January 16-17 2021 Admin = apps open until Dec. 19


Part II Exams Update

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Part III & PHT Exams Update

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October 17-18 Admin = apps open until Sept. 17



Part IV Exams Update

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July Part IV Re-Admin Update & Instructions

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November 13,14,15 Admin = apps open July 13 until Sept. 18



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2020 Revised NBCE Exam Dates and Deadlines

2021 NBCE Exam Dates and Deadlines


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