Licensure Date: 1915

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. 
Cassandra (Cass) McLeod-Skinner, Executive Director Donna Dougan, Administrative Assistant  503-373-1579
Lori Lindley, Board Attorney
For Information Contact:
530 Center Street, NE
Suite 620
Salem, OR 97301

Time Zone: Pacific
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; M-F
Phone: (503) 378-5816
Fax: (503) 362-1260
(Do not use FAX for applications)

Email: oregon.obce@oregon.gov
Web address: www.oregon.gov/obce
Exam Dates: The exams are online; candidates may take once approved by OBCE (no more deadlines or exam dates)
Application Deadline: n/a
Transcript/References Deadline: n/a
Application/Examination/Background Check Fee: $140
Retake Fee: $ 100 (for each retake of the exam or part)
Term: Renew annually at birth month
Initial license fee: $150
Criminal Background Check: Yes
Require Fingerprinting: Yes
License Renewal Fee: Active: $425; Inactive: $225; Senior Active: $315 (60 years or older, 25+ years in practice)
Students: May sit for board exams up to 6 months prior to graduating.
Preceptor/Intern/Extern Program: Senior interns at a chiropractic college, upon the written request of the college's clinic administrator to the Board, and the written approval of the Board, may obtain clinic instruction hours at a licensee's office while under the immediate on-site supervision of a licensed Chiropractic Physician. Interns shall wear name badges identifying them as senior interns and shall not use the title "Doctor."
Require supervised practice prior to full licensure: None 
License(s) Required for Practice: Chiropractic
Optional Certification: Minor surgery/proctology; natural childbirth
Requirements: 20 hours per year for regular active licensees, 6 hours per year for Senior Active, and all first time licensees must complete 4 hours in over-the-counter non-prescriptive substances; 2 hours related to Evidence-Based Outcomes Management, and any specific courses required by the Board (call the Board office for current year's requirement, if any);

2021 Cultural Competency required, to be completed by 12/31/2021.
Distance Credits Allowed: No limit
Program Criteria: All programs are assumed approved as long as the licensee follows the specific criteria set in administrative rule 811-015-0025.
Requires sexual boundaries training: No
Requires AIDS awareness/risk prevention training: No
Other specific CE training required:
“The Board may require specific courses as part of a chiropractic physician’s annual relicensure hours.” OAR 811-015-0025

EXAMINATIONS ADMINISTERED BY STATE: Minor surgery, proctology, ethics, jurisprudence, public health, obstetrics, gynecology, and genitourinary.


Part I: Required (must have taken after 1/1/71)
Part II: Required
Part III (WCCE): Required
Part IV: Required
Physiotherapy: Required

Acupuncture: Not accepted
SPEC: Reciprocity/Endorsement: May use now *
Reinstatement Lapsed License: May use now *
Disciplinary Cases: May use now *
Impairment Review: Not planning to use
* The SPEC exam is accepted on an individual basis to be determined by the board.


PHYSIOTHERAPY: Termed Physiotherapy
Certification: Included in chiropractic license
Additional Education: Must have 120 hours
Additional Examination: NBCE Physiotherapy required or equivalent state exam
Additional Fee: None
Min. # years pre-professional education required for licensure: 2 years of Liberal Arts and Sciences 36 hours minor surgery and proctology. No requirement for 4-year degree planned.
Accreditation for Chiropractic Programs/Institutions: Council on Chiropractic Education standards used on which to base Board approval of individual schools.  Subjects Examined: Basic sciences, including anatomy, physiology, chemistry, pathology, public health and hygiene. Also clinical subjects including physical diagnosis, differential diagnosis, laboratory diagnosis, theory and practice of chiropractic, nutrition and dietetics, physiotherapy, electrotherapy and hydrotherapy, chiropractic orthopedics.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATES OF FOREIGN COLLEGES: Must meet Oregon statutory requirements for educational standards. The Board may, at it’s discretion, request foreign transcripts be evaluated by an educational evaluation service. Should the board require evaluation of foreign transcripts, the candidate will be responsible to contact an approved educational evaluation service. Foreign transcripts not official, will be returned to the candidate.
SUMMARY OF SCOPE OF PRACTICE: (Contact State for precise definition by state law)
"Chiropractic" is defined as that system of adjusting with the hands the articulations of the bony framework, and the employment and practice of physiotherapy, electrotherapy, hydrotherapy and minor surgery. Includes, chiropractic diagnosis, treatment and prevention of body dysfunctions, correction, maintenance of the structural and functional integrity of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects thereof or interferences therewith by the utilization of all recognized and accepted chiropractic diagnostic procedures and the employment of all rational therapeutic measures as taught in approved chiropractic colleges. "Drugs" means all medicines and preparations and all substances, except over-the-counter nonprescription substances, food, water and nutritional supplements taken orally, used or intended to be used for the diagnosis, cure, treatment, mitigation or prevention of diseases or abnormalities of humans, which are recognized in the latest editions of the official United State Pharmacopoeia, official Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia, official National Formulary, or any supplement to any of them or otherwise established as drugs. No person practicing under this Chapter shall administer or write prescriptions for, or dispense drugs, practice optometry or naturopathy or do major surgery. "Minor surgery" means the use of electrical or other methods for the surgical repair and care incident thereto of superficial lacerations and abrasions, benign superficial lesions, and the removal of foreign bodies located in the superficial structures; and the use of antiseptics and local anesthetics in connection therewith.
Board regulates specialty council certification: No
Board permits or authorizes travel-to-treat requirements: Oregon statute states: “...if that person: (1) is practicing in Oregon on a single, temporary assignment for a specific sporting, performing arts or educational event not to exceed 15 days; and (2) is actively engaged in the practice of chiropractic in the state in which the person is licensed.” ORS 684.107
Board permits or authorizes telemedicine practices: Yes 
Licensees required to carry malpractice insurance: No
Additionally legally accepted terms for chiropractor (in addition to Doctor of Chiropractic, D.C., Chiropractor, Chiropractic Doctor): Chiropractic Physician.
Peer Review: Separate statutory committee under Board's control. Drs. interviewed by 7 peers, committee reports to Board.
Certified Clinical Chiropractic Assistants: Yes (12 hour initial training required)
Chiropractors defined as Primary Care Physicians: Yes
Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.
Franchesca Vermillion, D.C., Pesident, 12141 NE Halsey St, Portland 97230   Exp. 5/2022
Michelle Waggoner, D.C., Vice President, 372 Condor Drive, Gresham, OR 97080 Exp. 9/2021 

Seth Alley, D.C., Secretary, 4217 SW Torr Lane, Portland, OR 97221 Exp. 5/2022
Karen Baranick, D.C.
Glenn Taylor, Public Member,  Portland 97202 Exp. 9/2021
Lori Schmidt, J.D., Public Member
Allen Knecht, D.C., 5331 SW Macadam Avenue, Suite 307, Portland, OR 97239 Exp. 3/2022


STATISTICAL INFORMATION: Total # of Licensees as of 11-01-2020: 


# of Active licenses: 1,197
# of Inactive licenses: 245

# of Other Status:  396 (Senior Active)
(Ex: retired/deceased/terminated/emeritus....)  
# of New licensees: 74
# of Resident licenses:  1,671  
# of Non-Resident licenses:  301   
# of Chiropractic Assistants: 1,353