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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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Need a Transcript sent to a State Board?

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.


Application Deadline for the May Part IV Exam is February 25, 2020

To meet the deadline = Apply + Receive Approvals + Pay + Select Site Preferences
all prior to 5pm MST (7pm EST, 6pm CST or 4pm PST) on the application deadline day

Approximately eight weeks before the exam, the NBCE will post a confirmation that includes your testing schedule.
Look for this on your MyNBCE account under My Exams / Exams then scroll down to the Part IV application.


Application Deadline for the April 2020 Part I Exam is March 19, 2020

To meet the deadline = Apply + Receive Approvals + Pay + Schedule
all prior to 5pm MST (7pm EST, 6pm CST or 4pm PST) on the application deadline day


Part IV Applications Now in your MyNBCE online account portal only

Spring (May) 2020 Part IV applications are available
from December 2, 2019 until February 25, 2020

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