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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:

 

October Part III/PHT application deadline extended to Sept 22
to allow for those who have completely passed the August Part I
exam to apply for October Part III.

 

On schedule for Part II September 18-19 Exam

*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.

 

Official Score Release Date*

August Part 1 released Monday, September 20th

*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:

October Part III/PHT - Sept 22 *recently extended from 9/16

*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.

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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).

 

2021 Newly Revised NBCE Exam Dates and Deadlines

2022 Newly Revised 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:

 

Part II Exams Update

*February 19-20 2022 Admin = apps open until January 20 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:

 

Part III & PHT Exams Update

*October 16-17 Admin = apps open until September 22 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 OCTOBER 2021 Admin:
Sherman - Sat & Sun exam still available, Sat 12:30 PHT FULL
Palmer - Sun exam - FULL, Sat exam still available, Sat 12:30 PHT FULL
Life West - Sun exam - FULL, Sat exam still available
Palmer (FL) - Sat PHT limited

 

 

Part IV Exams Update

For additional Part IV testing information click HERE.

November 2021 Part IV Applications:

Closed

**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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