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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:

TCC Campus Test Site ONLY -

Texas Chiropractic College – Pasadena, TX campus test site only.  SATURDAY, July 17 and SUNDAY, July 18, exams CANCELLED*……rescheduled to Saturday, July 31, and Sunday, August 1, 2021

 

Part I Exam August Administration - Application Deadline Thursday, July 22.

 

*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*

July 2021 Part III/PHT Official Score Release date is Monday, August 16

 

*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.

 

Upcoming App Deadlines:
August Part I - July 22
September Part II - Aug 19
October Part III/PHT - Sept 16
November Part IV - Aug 17

*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.

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).

 

2021 Revised NBCE Exam Dates and Deadlines

2022 NBCE Exam Dates and Deadlines

 

Part I Exams Update

*August 21-22 Admin = apps open until July 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)
all U.S. PTCs have been made available, but are filling fast
For the AUGUST 2021 Admin:
Life West - Not an available test site for this administration
Parker -Sat Exam = FULL / Sun Exam limited and IDR on Sat still available
Palmer IA - Sat Exam = FULL / Sun Exam and IDR on Sat still available
Keiser - Sat Exam = limited / Sun Exam and IDR on Sat still available
Sherman - Sat Exam = FULL / Sun Exam and IDR on Sat still available
Logan - Sat and Sun Exam = limited / IDR on Sat still available
NCHS - Sat Exam = limited / IDR on Sat still available

Part II Exams Update

*September 18-19 Admin = apps open until August 19 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 SEPTEMBER 2021 Admin:
Life West - Sat Exam = FULL / Sun Exam and IDR on Sat still available
CCC-KC - Sat Exam = limited / IDR on Sat still available

Part III & PHT Exams Update

Official Score Release Date* for July 2021 Admin is Monday, August 16


*October 16-17 Admin = apps open until September 16 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.
*NYCC campus test site is available for current NY residents only.
Campus Sites that are currently FULL: (if a campus site is Full, check for an available PTC)
For the OCTOBER 2021 Admin:

 

Part IV Exams Update

For additional Part IV testing information click HERE.

November 2021 Part IV Applications:


Open through deadline of 5pm MST Tuesday, August 17**

**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.

 

*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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