Licensure Date: 1951

Directory page last updated 2/6/2019

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. 
Sarah McNeill , Executive Director Kenneth Suter, Board Counsel
Sharon Troutman, Clerk Typist III
For Information Contact:
Department of State
2601 North 3rd Street - zip 17110
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649

Time Zone: Eastern
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; M-F
Phone: (717) 783-7155
Fax: (717) 787-7769
(Do not use FAX for applications)

Email: samcneill@pa.gov
Web Address: www.dos.pa.gov/chiro

Criminal background check: Required
Fingerprinting: Not required
Term: Biennial - Sept 1 of even-numbered years
License Renewal fee: $210
Preceptor/Intern/Extern Program: Does not participate in these programs
Require supervised practice prior to full licensure: No 
License(s) Required for Practice: Chiropractic
Optional Certification: Adjunctive Procedures
Requirements: 24 hours every two years
Non-Classroom Credits Allowed: 24 hours, must be approved by the board.
Program Criteria: Board approves both sponsor and program. Conducted by approved college or by individual or chiropractic association or organization. Specific list of acceptable areas available from the board office.
Requires sexual boundaries training: No
Requires AIDS awareness/risk prevention training: No
Other specific CE training required: Yes - child abuse

CONDITIONS FOR RECIPROCITY/ENDORSEMENT: Per Pennsylvania and effective 8/23/2013, see Chapter 5.13 at the following link for specific information: www.pacode.com/secure/data/049/chapter5/chap5toc.html



Part I: Required
Part II: Required
Part III (WCCE): Required
Part IV: Required
Physiotherapy: Accepted
Acupuncture: Not accepted
SPEC: Reciprocity/Endorsement: Not planning to use
Reinstatement Lapsed License: May use
Disciplinary Cases: Not planning to use
Impairment Review: Not planning to use



PHYSIOTHERAPY: Termed Adjunctive procedures
Certification: Optional certification (required to use adjunctive procedures)
Additional Education: Either NBCE PHT exam or 100 or more hours in adjunctive procedures
Additional Examination: NBCE PHT or 100 hrs (above)
Additional Fee: $25
Min. # years pre-professional education required for licensure: 2 years. No requirement for 4-year degree planned.
Accreditation for Chiropractic Programs/Institutions: Chiropractic college must be accredited by a chiropractic accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATES OF FOREIGN COLLEGES: Must be graduate of an approved college of chiropractic. Contact board for specific information.
SUMMARY OF SCOPE OF PRACTICE: (Contact State for precise definition by state law)
A branch of the healing arts dealing with the relationship between the articulations of the vertebral column, as well as other articulations, and the neuro-musculoskeletal system and the role of these relationships in the restoration and maintenance of health. The term shall include systems of locating misaligned or displaced vertebrae of the human spine and other articulations; the examination preparatory to the adjustment or manipulation of such misaligned or displaced vertebrae and other articulations; the adjustment or manipulation of such misaligned or displaced vertebrae and other articulations; the furnishing of necessary patient care for the restoration and maintenance of health; and the use of Board approved scientific instruments of analysis, including X-ray. The term shall also include diagnosis, provided that such diagnosis is necessary to determine the nature and appropriateness of chiropractic treatment; the use of adjunctive procedures in treating misaligned or dislocated vertebrae or articulations and related conditions of the nervous system, provided that after January 1, 1988, the licensee must be certified in accordance with this Act to use adjunctive procedures; and nutritional counseling, provided that nothing herein shall be construed to require licensure as a chiropractor in order to engage in nutritional counseling. The term does not include the practice of obstetrics or gynecology, the reduction of fractures or major dislocations, or the use of drugs or surgery.
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: Yes, minimum of $100,000 per occurrence and $300,000 per annual aggregate
Additionally legally accepted terms for chiropractor (in addition to Doctor of Chiropractic, D.C., Chiropractor, Chiropractic Doctor): Terms listed above
Peer Review: No peer review by Board
Certified Clinincal Chiropractic Assistants: No
Chiropractors defined as Primary Care Physicians: No
Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.
Joseph G. Halloran, D.C., Chair,  Exp. 3/2020
John E. McCarrin, D.C., Secretary, Exp. 9/2021
William Aukerman, D.C.,  Exp. 3/2020
George E. Khoury, D.C., Chair, Exp. 1/2018
Michael Swank, D.C., Exp 3/2020
Nicole Brock, Consumer Protection Member

Note: Please send all correspondence through the board office.

STATISTICAL INFORMATION: Total # of Licensees as of 1/2019


# of Active licenses: 4,173
# of Inactive licenses: 

# of Other Status:
(Ex: retired/deceased/terminated/emeritus...)   
# of New licensees:  118
# of Resident licenses: 
# of Non-Resident licenses: 
# of Chiropractic Assistants: