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National Board of Chiropractic Examiners

NBCE

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.

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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.

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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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NBCE Current Updates:

On schedule for Part I January 15-16 Exam - Application Deadline is December 16, 2021

*Part I, II, III, PHT, and IV only...During an administration weekend, if you are experiencing an issue that is preventing you from taking your exam, and require immediate assistance, please email support@nbce.org.
This email is monitored during the exam weekend and we will respond within an appropriate time frame to valid emergencies.

 

 

Moved/Moving? Graduated?
Signing up for your last exam prior to licensure?....

Please keep your account current with your correct contact information so we can send you your certificate(s).

 

 

Official Score Release Date*

November Part IV released - Monday, December 13th

*SCORES ARE RELEASED IN A ROLLING PROCESS THAT MAY TAKE 48+ HOURS TO FULLY COMPLETE.
YOU MAY START TO SEE SCORES PRIOR TO THE OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE.
PLEASE DO NOT ORDER TRANSCRIPTS UNTIL ON OR AFTER THE OFFICIAL SCORE RELEASE DATE
IN ORDER TO ENSURE ALL PASSING SCORES ARE INCLUDED ON YOUR TRANSCRIPT.
RETAKE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL THE OFFICIAL SCORE RELEASE DATE.

 

Upcoming App Deadlines:

January 2022 Part I - December 16, 2021

*to meet the deadline you must have applied, received approvals, paid, and scheduled your exam prior to 5pm MTN on deadline day. If not, then you may proceed to schedule for the next available administration.

2022 NBCE Exam Dates and Deadlines

 

Part I Exams Update

*January 15-16 2022 Admin = apps open until December 16 deadline
*April 23-24 2022 Admin = apps open until March 24 deadline

*to meet the deadline you must have applied, received approvals, paid, and scheduled your exam prior to 5pm MTN on deadline day. If not, then you may proceed to schedule for the next available administration.

Campus Sites that are currently FULL:
(if a campus site is Full, check for an available PTC)
all U.S. PTCs have been made available, but are filling fast

For the JANUARY 2022 Admin:
LIfe West
- Site CLOSED - Testing available at Prometric testing centers
Logan
- Saturday & Sunday Part I Exam - FULL
Palmer (FL)
- Saturday Part I Exam  - FULL
Palmer (IA) - Saturday Part I Exam  - FULL
Palmer (WEST) - Saturday & Sunday Part I Exam  - FULL
Northwestern - Saturday Part I Exam  - FULL
CCC-KC - Saturday Part I Exam  - Limited
Life - Saturday Part I Exam  - Limited

 

Part II Exams Update

*February 19-20 2022 Admin = Applications open until January 20, 2022 deadline

*to meet the deadline you must have applied, received approvals, paid, and scheduled your exam prior to 5pm MTN on deadline day. If not, then you may proceed to schedule for the next available administration.

Campus Sites that are currently FULL: (if a campus site is Full, check for an available PTC)
For the FEBRUARY 2022 Admin:
LIfe West - Site CLOSED - Testing available at Prometric testing centers
Logan - Part II Saturday & Sunday Exam - FULL
Palmer (FL)
- Part II Saturday Exam - FULL
Palmer WEST - Part II Saturday Exam - limited
Palmer (IA) - Part II Saturday Exam - FULL

 

Part III & PHT Exams Update

*March 19-20, 2022 Admin = Applications open until  February 17, 2022 deadline

*to meet the deadline you must have applied, received approvals, paid, and scheduled your exam prior to 5pm MTN on deadline day.
If not, then you may proceed to schedule for the next available administration.
Campus Sites that are currently FULL: (if a campus site is Full, check for an available PTC)
LIfe West - Site CLOSED - Testing available at Prometric testing centers
Logan - Part III Saturday Exam - FULL
Palmer (IA) - Part III Saturday Exam - FULL

 

Part IV Exams Update

For additional Part IV testing information click HERE.

May 2022 Part IV Applications:

Open December 14, 2021 - February 17, 2022

**Part IV applications are only visible in your account during the open application window(s) and only if you have completely passed Part I.

APPLY - RECEIVE APPROVALS (Registrar & Badge ID Photo) - PAY - CONFIRM SITE PREFERENCES*

*Site preferences are assigned after the deadline passes and are assigned first come, first served based on payment date.
Site assignment email notifications are sent within two weeks after the deadline. Photos submitted are used on your Part IV Badge ID and reviewed in the order they are received within 1-2 business days.  An email confirmation is sent once your photo has been reviewed.

*SCORES ARE RELEASED IN A ROLLING PROCESS THAT MAY TAKE 48+ HOURS TO FULLY COMPLETE.
YOU MAY START TO SEE SCORES PRIOR TO THE OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE.
PLEASE DO NOT ORDER TRANSCRIPTS UNTIL ON OR AFTER THE OFFICIAL SCORE RELEASE DATE
IN ORDER TO ENSURE ALL PASSING SCORES ARE INCLUDED ON YOUR TRANSCRIPT.
RETAKE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL THE OFFICIAL SCORE RELEASE DATE.

 

*Need a Transcript sent to a State Board?

Log in to your MyNBCE account and go to Exams/State Board Transcripts
then follow the prompts from there to order your transcripts. It is a multi-step process.
Be sure to click on SUBMIT in order for your request to be sent.
First one is free, each additional is $25.
Only submit transcript requests on or after the official score release date to ensure all passing scores are included.
If you submit prior to the official score release date, your most recent passing score may not be included and therefore will not be accepted by the State Board(s).

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