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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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March 2020 Part III / PHT Exams
being rescheduled to May 1 - May 4 (delayed)

*all Part III & PHT scheduling temporarily suspended


April 2020 Part I Exams have been Cancelled

*all Part I scheduling temporarily suspended

*It is not necessary for you to take any action at this time.
As we develop plans for re-administration, please check here and your email for any updates.
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2021 Parts I - IV & PHT Exam Dates and Deadlines Posted


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Log in to your MyNBCE account and go to My Exams/Exams/State Board Transcripts
then follow the prompts from there to order your transcripts. First one is free, each additional is $25.


May 2020 Part IV Exam Site Location Assignments

The deadline to withdraw from the May Part IV exam has been extended to April 10th.
If you are concerned or unable to attend the exam, email support@nbce.org
by April 10th to receive a full refund.


Part IV Applications are located in your MyNBCE online account portal only

Fall (November) Part IV applications will be available
from June 1, 2020 until August 18, 2020