Licensure Date: 1921 or 1922

Directory page last updated: 5/15/2019

The Federation does not provide interpretation of the scope of practice laws or rules of any chiropractic licensing authority, nor can we provide specific details regarding licensing requirements.  The educational and testing requirements for each State or Province set forth in this Directory are intended as a general guide.  It is strongly recommended that anyone interested in becoming licensed in a particular State or Province contact the Board office or the Secretary of the respective board to secure current and complete details before matriculating in any school.

B. Michael Nayeri, FABMP, FABFM, CHPP Executive Director


​Jaime Shapiro, Deputy Director
For Information Contact:
1740 West Adams Street, Ste 2430
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Time Zone: Mountain/Pacific
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; M-F
Phone: (602) 864-5088

Web address: www.chiroboard.az.gov
Email: generalinfo@chiroboard.az.gov
Exam Dates: The Arizona jurisprudence exam is administered online.
Application/ Transcript Deadline: Must be received one month prior to sitting
exam (confirm  with board) "must be received by" includes application, fees, and all
supporting documentation
Criminal background check: Yes
Fingerprinting: Yes
Application fee: $250 for application plus $22 fingerprint fee
Term: Annual, renew prior to January 1
Initial license fee: $100
License Renewal fee: $185
Students: May not sit for board exams
Require supervised practice prior to full licensure: No
Preceptor/Intern/Extern Program: Students may practice under supervision of licensed D.C. with Board approval only (see extensive AZ rules). No temporary certificate exists for graduated D.C.s to practice under licensed doctor. 
License(s) Required for Practice: Chiropractic
Optional Certification: Physiotherapy requires 120 hours additional education, passing score on NBCE exam, $100 application fee + $100 certification fee. Acupuncture requires 100 hours additional education, passing score on NBCE’s Acupuncture exam, $100 application fee + $100 certification fee.  
Requirements: 12 hours required per year; subject matter defined in statute
Distance Credits Allowed: 12 50-minute hours
Program Criteria: Courses provided by a college or university
Requires sexual boundaries training: No
Requires AIDS awareness/risk prevention training: No
Other specific CE training required: Record Keeping 2 hours every other year

CONDITIONS FOR RECIPROCITY: Must have active license; NBCE Parts I, II & III; No disciplinary history; active license 3 out of the last 5 years; Arizona jurisprudence exam;   States: Alaska, Colorado, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri and Ohio.
CONDITIONS FOR ENDORSEMENT: Must have active license; NBCE Parts I & II; No disciplinary history; active license 5 out of the last 7 years; Arizona jurisprudence exam.
EXAMINATIONS ADMINISTERED BY STATE: NBCE Part IV is required. Jurisprudence exam.



Part I: Required
Part II: Required
Part III (WCCE): Required
Part IV: Required
Physiotherapy: Required for physiotherapy certification
Acupuncture: Required for acupuncture certification
Reciprocity/Endorsement: May use now
Disciplinary Cases: May use now
Impairment Review: May use now



PHYSIOTHERAPY: Termed Physical Medicine Modalities and Therapeutic Procedures
Certification: Specific certification required
Additional Education: 120 course hours
Additional Examination: NBCE Physiotherapy exam
Additional Fee: $100 app. fee, $100 original certificate fee

Min. # years pre-professional education required for licensure: None, we do not have a prescriptive requirement for a bachelor's degree.
Accreditation for Chiropractic Programs/Institutions: Accredited by or has status with CCE or is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the USDE or the council on post-secondary accreditation.
Subjects Examined: Anatomy, physiology, pathology, bacteriology, symptomatology, diagnosis including physical, clinical, X-ray and laboratory subjects, chiropractic orthopedics, principles of chiropractic and adjusting, neurology, chemistry including biochemistry and nutrition, public health and hygiene, and chiropractic spinal analysis, ethics and Arizona jurisprudence for chiropractors, as taught by accredited chiropractic schools and colleges.



SUMMARY OF SCOPE OF PRACTICE: (Contact State for precise definition by state law)
A Doctor of Chiropractic is a portal of entry health care provider who engages in the practice of health care which includes:
1. The practice of health care which deals with the diagnosis and correction of subluxations, functional vertebral or articular dysarthrosis or neuromuscular skeletal disorders for the restoration and maintenance of health.
2. The use of physical and clinical examinations, diagnostic X-rays and clinical laboratory procedures that are limited to urine collection, finger pricks, or venipuncture in order to determine the propriety of a regimen of chiropractic care or to form a basis for referral of patients to other licensed health care professionals, or both.
3. Treatment by adjustment of the spine or bodily articulations, including physical medicine modalities and therapeutic procedures; procedures related to the correction of subluxations and neuromuscular skeletal disorders; prescription of orthopedic supports; acupuncture.

Board regulates specialty council certification: No
Board permits or authorizes travel-to-treat requirements: No
Board permits or authorizes telemedicine practices: n/a
Licensees required to carry malpractice insurance: No
Additional legally accepted terms for chiropractor (in addition to Doctor of Chiropractic, D.C., Chiropractor, Chiropractic Doctor): Chiropractic Physician.
Peer Review: No peer review in Arizona
Certified Clinical Chiropractic Assistants: Board registers CAs and supervising DCs, upon application and verification that CA has completed 24 hours of Board approved training. CAs assisting certified DCs with physiotherapy must complete additional 12 hours and in acupuncture must complete 2 hours of Board approved training in each specialty area for registration.
Chiropractors defined as Primary Care Physicians: Defined as a "Portal of Entry Health Care Provider"




Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.

Richard Guarino, D.C., Physician Member, Chair Exp. 7/2023
Steven Knauf, Physician Member, Vice-Chair Exp. 7/2022
Angela Powell, Public Member, Exp. 7/2020

Wayne Bennett, Physician Member, Exp. 7/2021
Vacant, Public member

Note: Please send all board member correspondence through the board office

STATISTICAL INFORMATION: Total # of Licensees as of 12/2018: 2,958



# of Active licenses: 2,492
# of Inactive licenses: 71

# of Other Status:  395
(Ex: retired/deceased/terminated/emeritus...)
# of New licensees: 101
# of Resident licensees: 2,113
# of Non-Resident licensees: 672
# of Chiropractic Assistants: