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National Board Examinations

Important Notice for TCC Students planning to take Part II in March 2013.

The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) holds its written examinations in March and September of each year. Part I examines the basic science subject areas while Part II examines the clinical subject areas. In addition, NBCE has developed a Part III, the Written Clinical Competency Examination (WCCE), which focuses on the clinical skills related to examination, diagnosis and treatment. There is also a Physiotherapy examination.

NBCE implemented the Part IV National Practical Examination in 1996. This exam is offered in May and November of each year.

The NBCE has added a new feature to its Web site designed specifically for chiropractic college students: a microsite called Student Central. The microsite’s goal is to supply fast facts to students about the NBCE examinations. Learn more at www.nbce.org/studentcentral/

TCC has set eligibility standards to sit for each level of examination which ensures compliance with the NBCE. Certification of eligibility by the TCC Registrar's Office is required. Eligibility standards can be obtained from NBCE or the Registrar's Office.

Most states require NBCE certification in order to be eligible for licensure. Some states may require applicants pass a practical examination including patient examination, x-ray interpretation and adjusting procedures, and/or a jurisprudence examination. The student is well advised to find out from the state(s) in which he/she intends to practice what the policies are relative to the NBCE.

Information regarding state licensure requirements can be obtained from the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards site.