Licensure Date: 1962 - passed; 1963 - went into effect

Directory page last updated 3-1-2021

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. 
Dolores Cottrell, Executive Secretary
Patricia Lucas - Education Program Assistant II
Michael Puspurs, Education Program Assistant I
Dylan Toften, Office Assistant II
For Information Contact:
89 Washington Avenue, 2nd Floor, West Wing
Albany, NY 12234

Time Zone: Eastern
Office Hours: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm; M-F
Phone: (518) 474-3817, Ext. 190
Fax: (518) 473-0567
(Do not use FAX for applications)

Email: chirobd@nysed.gov
Web address:  www.op.nysed.gov/prof/chiro/
Exam Dates: None
Application/ Transcript Deadline: None
Criminal background check: No
Fingerprinting: No
Term: Triennial
Initial license fee: $270 (includes first triennial registration fee)
License Renewal fee: $224
Students: See NBCE requirements about sitting for exams prior to graduation. No specific NY requirements.
Preceptor/Intern/Extern Program: Students may practice under licensed D.C. if attending a NYS registered chiropractic college. No temporary license available for graduated D.C. to practice under licensed D.C.
Require supervised practice prior to full licensure: No  License(s) Required for Practice: Chiropractic
Optional Certification: n/a 
Requirements: 36 hours required during each 3-year registration period
Distance Credits Allowed: 12 hours
Program Criteria: Must be approved by New York State Education Department
Board requires sexual boundaries training: No
Board requires AIDS awareness / risk prevention training: No
Other special areas of specific CE training required: At least one-third of the tri-annual continuing education hour requirement must be in one or more of the following subjects: patient communications, recordkeeping, and/or matters of law and/or ethics which contribute to professional practice in chiropractic and the health and safety, and/or welfare of the public that pertains to New York State law.

CONDITIONS FOR RECIPROCITY/ENDORSEMENT: Individual review for equivalence of standards. If applicant has passed practical exam for licensure in another state, he/she may be endorsable without further examination if practicing for at least two years in recent past.


Part I: Required
Part II: Required
Part III (WCCE): Accepted
Part IV: Required
Physiotherapy: Not required
Acupuncture: Not accepted (legislation pending)
SPEC: Endorsement: Accepted under certain conditions
Reinstatement Lapsed License: Not planning to use
Disciplinary Cases: Under consideration
Impairment Review: N/A


PHYSIOTHERAPY: Termed Chiropractic Physiotherapy
Certification: None (considered part of lawful scope of practice)
Additional Education: None
Additional Examination: None
Additional Fee: None
Min. # years pre-professional education required for licensure: 60 semester hours, including basic science courses ( general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology or zoology, and physics). No requirement for 4-year degree planned.
Accreditation for Chiropractic Programs/Institutions: Council on Chiropractic Education SCASA during period of recognition by USDE (8/30/88 - 6/4/93). Regional accreditation as approved by Department. Will accept some candidate status schools prior to 7/1/84 matriculation - check with Department. All other programs reviewed for equivalence on individual basis.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATES OF FOREIGN COLLEGES: Accept Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Graduates of unaccredited foreign colleges must complete 2 years of study in accredited college of chiropractic acceptable to department (reviewed on individual basis). Must be U.S. citizen or an alien with permanent resident status. Contact board for specific information.
SUMMARY OF SCOPE OF PRACTICE: (Contact State for precise definition by state law)
The practice of the profession of chiropractic is defined as detecting and correcting by manual or mechanical means structural imbalance, distortion or subluxations in the human body for the purpose of removing nerve interference and the effects thereof, where such interference is the result of or related to distortion, misalignment or subluxation of or in the vertebral column.
A Doctor of Chiropractic may use X-ray for the detection of structural imbalance, distortion, or subluxations in the human body. A Doctor of Chiropractic may not treat for any infectious diseases such as pneumonia, any communicable diseases listed in the sanitary code of the State of New York, any of the cardio-vascular-renal or cardio-pulmonary diseases, any surgical condition of the abdomen such as acute appendicitis, or diabetes, or any benign or malignant neoplasms; to operate; to reduce fractures or dislocations; to prescribe, administer, dispense or use in his practice drugs or medicines; or to use diagnostic or therapeutic methods involving chemical or biological means except diagnostic services performed by clinical laboratories which services shall be approved by the Board as being appropriate to the practice of Chiropractic; or to utilize electrical devices except those devices approved by the Board as being appropriate to the practice of chiropractic.
Nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit a licensed chiropractor who has successfully completed a registered doctoral program in chiropractic, which contains courses of study in nutrition satisfactory to the department, from using nutritional counseling, including the dispensing of food concentrates, food extracts, vitamins, minerals, and other nutritional supplements approved by the board as being appropriate to, and as a part of, his or her practice of chiropractic. Nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit an individual who is not subject to regulation in this state as a licensed chiropractor from engaging in nutritional counseling.
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: Not by Education Law for licensure
Additional legally accepted terms for chiropractor (in addition to Doctor of Chiropractic, D.C., Chiropractor, Chiropractic Doctor): Terms listed
Peer Review: Board members are impaneled for disciplinary hearings
Certified Clinical Chiropractic Assistants: No current regulation 
Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions as an advisory body to the Dept. & Bd of Regents. Past members appointable for discipline panels only. 5 year term/reappointable.
Mark R Craft, D.C., Chair, 8415 RT. 209, Ellenville 12428 Exp. 4/2024
Fiona Jarrett- Thelwell, D.C., Vice Chair, 2360 State Route 89, Seneca Falls, 13148 Exp. 5/2025
Elaina A. Pirro-Lombardi, D.C., 5284 West Taft Rd., North Syracuse 13212 Exp. 5/2024
Gary DiBenedetto, D.C., 1 Vineyard Court, St. James 11780   Exp. 12/2022
Anthony V. Morgante, D.C., Ste #1, 1660 Kensington Ave, Cheektowaga 14215   Exp. 12/2025
Bruce P. Steinberg, D.C.,  959 State Route 9, Queensbury 12804   Exp. 9/2025
Michael Zumpano, PH.D and D.C., 5910 Raymond Ave, Farmington, NY 14425 Exp. 04/2025
Caroline Maher, Public Member, 35 Rutland Street Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 Exp 04/2025

STATISTICAL INFORMATION: Total # of Licensees as of 7/1/2020: 5,176


# of Active licenses: 5,180
# of Inactive licenses: 

# of Other Status:
(Ex: retired/deceased/terminated/emeritus...)      
# of New licensees:  157     
# of Resident licenses:    
# of Non-Resident licenses:  717     
# of Foreign licenses: 
# of Chiropractic Assistants: