In order to be eligible to apply for admission to a chiropractic college in North America, a minimum of 2 years of university premedical courses in biology, chemistry, physics are mandatory. All chiropractic colleges are accredited by the Council of Chiropractic Education. For a current list please visit www.chiroweb.com. Students who have graduated from any of these 16 chiropractic colleges qualify to sit for the licensing examination in all US states.
Official Licensing Bodies
The practice of chiropractic care is licensed and regulated in all states of the US. Since 50 different legislative bodies are involved in this process, the scope of the education, training and licensure to practice chiropractic differs extensively in some states.
With the legislation of chiropractic care came the creation of individual State Licensing Boards, whose main duty it is to protect public health. The State Licensing Boards therefore control chiropractic education and also produce and regulate the examinations required for licensure in their respective states.
The State Licensing Boards may also require standardized national licensure examinations in addition to their own examinations, administered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE). The examination by the NBCE consists of 4 parts: basic sciences, clinical sciences, written clinical competency examination and a practical examination. The NBCE, next to the State Licensing Boards, functions also as a principal testing agency for the chiropractic profession. The NBCE was established to foster consistency among the different state boards. Currently all states recognize the national examinations and require at least some part of it for licensure in their state.
In addition, The Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards was founded to further aid the development toward unified standards in chiropractic education and licensing. This body also assists in solving problems within individual state licensing boards as well as promotes the general communication, information exchange and other cooperation between licensing boards.
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