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Chiropractor Certification and Licensing

Chiropractic care is a state regulated profession. Whatever municipality you live in, you’ll need to seek licensing. The first step is to complete a doctoral program that has been accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education (or in some cases, another acceptable accrediting body).

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You may need to take several tests along the way – a main licensing examination and other state-specific tests. Most states use the national board examination administered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners; however, they don’t all use it in the same manner. They may or may not include all the main sections. States also have different policies regarding the physiotherapy and acupuncture exams. (In some states, acupuncture is not included within the allowable duties; in others, it is an option for those who have the training and interest.) Included among the requirements may be a jurisprudence exam – a test of chiropractic law. Your board may also require you to take a separate exam to operate x-rays. You’ll be asked to submit proof of professional fitness. The board will want to know, for example, that you haven’t had licenses revoked in the past.

Education doesn’t end with initial licensure. Most states have a continuing education requirement, though the number of units varies. Some states require particular classes like AIDS prevention or adjustive techniques. Licenses may be renewed annually or biannually.

Links to state boards and summaries of statutes can be found on the site of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards.