CALIFORNIA BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC EXAMINERS
Licensure Date: 1922 (by voters initiative)
Directory page last updated 2/4/2019
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
|Robert Puleo, Executive Officer
|Kenneth Swenson, Board Attorney
|For Information Contact:
901 P Street, Ste 142A
Sacramento, CA 95814
Web address: www.chiro.ca.gov
|Phone: (916) 263-5355 (reception/switchboard)
Fax: (916) 327-0039
(Do not use FAX for applications)
Time Zone: Pacific
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; M-F
|Exam Dates: The California Chiropractic Law Examination (CCLE) is offered
on a continuous basis and is the final step in the licensing process.
Application/ Transcript Deadline: Accepted continuously
Criminal background check: Yes
Fingerprint processing cost: Varies
|Application fee: $371
Term: Annual, last day of birth month
Initial license fee: $186
License Renewal fee: $313
|Preceptor/Intern/Extern Program: Students in preceptor program may obtain clinical experience under supervision of a licensed D.C. No temporary license exists for graduated D.C.s not yet licensed in California.
|Require supervised practice prior to full licensure: Contact Board
|License(s) Required for Practice: Chiropractic
Optional Certification: n/a
|Requirements: 24 hours per year; 6 hours mandatory coursework (2 hours must be
completed in Ethics & Law; 4 hours must be completed in any one of, or combination
of the following subject categories: History Taking and Physical Examination Procedures;
OR Chiropractic Adjustive Techniques; OR Chiropractic Manipulation Techniques; OR
Ethical Billing & Coding.) The remaining 18 hours may be taken in any of the categories
listed in CCR Section 361.
Distance Credits Allowed: 12 hours
Program Criteria: Board approves both sponsor and program. Refer to California Chiropractic
Code of Regulations ─ Sections 361 (CE Requirements), 363 (Approval of CE Courses) and 364
(Exemptions and Reduction of Requirement) for details.
|Requires sexual boundaries training: No
Requires AIDS awareness/risk prevention training: No
Other specific CE training required: No
CONDITIONS FOR RECIPROCITY/ENDORSEMENT: Meet same educational requirements and have been examined in all same areas at time of original licensure. State must certify in writing that they agree to reciprocate, provide exam scores, and verify if any disciplinary action had been taken against the license. Licensee must have practiced for at least 5 years, and license must be active, current and valid.
EXAMINATIONS ADMINISTERED BY STATE: CCLE (Supervisors and Operators X-ray permit: Offered through Dept. of Health Services, Radiologic Health Branch.)
|NATIONAL BOARD EXAMINATIONS
(note: In addition to NBCE scores, applicant must take and pass the California Chiropractic Law Examination)
|Part I: Required
Part II: Required
Part III (WCCE): Required
Part IV: Required
|Acupuncture: Not Accepted
Initial Licensure (New): not accepted
Restoration Lapsed License: Can now use
Disciplinary Cases: Can use now
Impairment Review: Can use now
|PHYSIOTHERAPY: Term Physiotherapy is within the Scope of Practice
|Certification: No additional certification required; California Code of Regulations
Section 302 allows chiropractors to practice during the course of chiropractic treatment.
Current law allows physiotherapy to be fulfilled at a board-approved chiropractic college
subsequent to graduation
Additional Education: Minimum 120 hours and 30 patient office visits performed by the student on their own clinic patients.
|Additional Examination: Must take National physiotherapy exam
Additional Fee: None
|PROCTOLOGICAL & GYNECOLOGICAL EXAMINATIONS:
Minimum examinations (prior to graduation): 25 physical examinations of which at least 10 are outside (not student) patients, 25 urinalyses, 20 complete blood count (CBC), 10 blood chemistries, 30 X-ray examinations. 10 proctological and 10 gynecological examinations. Perform a minimum of 250 patient treatments (visits), written interpretation of at least 30 different X-ray views and 518 hours of practical clinical experience (treating patients in the clinic).
Gynecological and proctological exams may be taken after graduation at a Board-approved college.
Min. # years pre-professional education required for licensure: Chiropractic college certifies pre-chiropractic hours are met based on CCE's standards. Plus 4,400 chiropractic hours. No requirement for a 4-year degree planned at this time.
Accreditation for Chiropractic Programs/Institutions: Approved by a USDE-approved accrediting agency and approved by the CA Board. In addition, the school’s curriculum must meet statutory requirements. Board approves CCE-accredited colleges individually.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATES OF FOREIGN COLLEGES: Contact board for specific information. Board approves the following foreign college: Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.
|SUMMARY OF SCOPE OF PRACTICE: (California Chiropractic Code of Regulations Section 302)
Practice chiropractic as taught in chiropractic colleges, without drugs or surgery. For a complete copy of the law, refer to the Board’s website at www.chiro.ca.gov
|OTHER REFERENCE INFORMATION:
Board regulates specialty council certification: No
Board permits or authorizes travel-to-treat requirements: No
Board permits or authorizes telemedicine practices: No
Licensees required to carry malpractice insurance: No
Additional legally accepted terms for chiropractor (in addition to Doctor of Chiropractic, D.C., Chiropractor, Chiropractic Doctor): Terms listed only
Peer Review: No
Certified Clinical Chiropractic Assistants: No current or planned statute
STATISTICAL INFORMATION: Total # of Licensees as of 1/2019:12,957
|BOARD MEMBERS / TERMS:
Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.
Sergio Azzolino, D.C., Chair, Exp. 2/2020
Dionne McClain D.C., Vice Chair, Exp.2/2022
Frank Ruffino, Public Member, Secretary, Exp. 11/2020
Corey Lichtman, D.C., Exp. 2/2019
Heather Dehn, D.C., Exp. 2/2020
David Paris, D.C., Exp. 2/2022
Note: Please send all correspondence through the Board office.
|# of Active licenses: 12,957
# of Inactive licenses: 1,419
# of Other Status: 1,310 (Deceased)
|# of New licensees: 315
# of Resident licensees: 12,011
# of Non-Resident licensees: 946
# of Chiropractic Assistants: N/A