You must be enrolled in, or graduated from, an eligible college to take Part I in your second year. Online approval from your college is required for initial Part I eligibility. The NBCE strongly recommends that college representatives approve only the applications of students who have satisfactorily completed courses in the subjects being tested. The courses must be completed by the application deadline. Individual chiropractic colleges may establish additional requirements, provided they inform the NBCE.
While enrolled in a chiropractic college, you may take the examinations as many times as needed to pass. However, be advised that individual states may impose different or additional requirements or restrictions.
Once you have passed Part I, you may not retake these exams without special requirement of a state licensing authority.
Doctors of Chiropractic Eligibility
If you are a graduate of an eligible college you may take Part I with online approval from the chiropractic college you attended. You may take the examinations as many times as needed to pass. However, be advised that individual states may impose different or additional requirements or restrictions.
Once you have passed all of the subject examinations in Part I, you may not retake these exams without special requirement of a state licensing authority.
A doctor or a student of chiropractic who has successfully passed Part I is not allowed to retake any previously passed exam, except when required by a state licensing authority. Scores from retake examinations based on this criteria do not void the original passing scores.
Prior to January 2019
If you failed one or two subjects in Part I, you are entitled to retake those subjects. The subject exams will be in the paper-and-pencil format, offered on the same weekend as the CBT exams. You can retake those subjects until January 1, 2021.
After January 2019
Examinees who take Part I on or after January 2019 take the modified Part I Exam. Examinees who do not complete individual subject retakes before January 1, 2021, must retake Part I in the modified format.