TENNESSEE BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC EXAMINERS
Licensure Date: N/A
Directory page last updated 12/15/2018
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|Michael Sobowale, LLM, Administrative Director
|Mark Cole, Board Attorney
|For Information Contact:
Tennessee Department of Health
Division of Health Related Boards
665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Time Zone: Central
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm; M-F
|Phone: (615) 770-3803
Fax: (615) 253-8724
(Do not use FAX for applications)
Web address: http://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/health-professional-boards/chiro-board.html
|Exam Dates: No; Exam interviews
Application/ Transcript Deadline: n/a
Criminal background check: Yes
|Application fee: $360 (plus state regulatory fee)
State Regulatory Fee: $10
License Renewal fee: $260 (plus state regulatory fee)
|Preceptor/Intern/Extern Program: Students or graduated (not yet licensed) D.C.s may practice (only in the physical presence of) under licensed D.C.
|Require supervised practice prior to full licensure: Cannot practice without a temp and supervisor or full license.
License(s) Required for Practice: Chiropractic
Optional Certification: n/a
|CONTINUING EDUCATION: Accepts PACE
Program Criteria: The Board accepts for license renewal continuing education courses approved by statute (International Chiropractic Association, American Chiropractic Association and the Tennessee Chiropractic Association), and courses provided by the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Board's PACE (Providers of Approved Continuing Education) programs that are consistent with Rule 0260-02-.12. However, no courses approved by FCLB PACE on the topics of philosophy or practice-building are approved.
|Requirements: 24 hours per year
Distance Credits Allowed: 6 maximum of the 24
|Requires sexual boundaries training: New Licensee 3 hours
Requires AIDS awareness/risk prevention training: New Licensee 3 hours
Other specific CE training required: Tennessee statutory and chiropractic regulatory Jurisprudence
CONDITIONS FOR RECIPROCITY/ENDORSEMENT: Per board rules, all applicants are required to take the SPEC if that have not has Parts I-IV & PT of NBCE.
EXAMINATIONS ADMINISTERED BY STATE: An oral interview with a board member before approval for a license as part of the final application process.
|NATIONAL BOARD EXAMINATIONS
|Part I: Required
Part II: Required
Part III (WCCE): Required
Part IV: Required
|SPEC: Reciprocity/Endorsement: Required
Reinstatement Lapsed License: Verified
Disciplinary Cases: Verified
Impairment Review: Verified
order to offer acupuncture as a service in practice, must have NBCE acupuncture exam and complete 250 hours from an acupuncture course
accredited by an agency or entity approved by the Board.
|PHYSIOTHERAPY: Termed Physiotherapy
|Certification: Included in chiropractic license
Additional Education: As per college requirements
|Additional Examination: Must have both NBCE and state physiotherapy exam
Additional Fee: None
Min. # years pre-professional education required for licensure: Prior to 2000: 2 full academic years of college (60-hour) pre-matriculation or university work of at least 60 semester hours requirement or a bachelors level education (or its equivalent) requirement prior to licensure. Applicants who matriculated into chiropractic college in the year 2000 or later are required to have a bachelor's degree prior to licensure.
Accreditation for Chiropractic Programs/Institutions: Council on Chiropractic Education;Fully Accredited
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATES OF FOREIGN COLLEGES: Similar education, and information for application translated into English. Contact board for specific information.
|SUMMARY OF SCOPE OF PRACTICE: (Contact State Board rules for detailed explanation as defined by state law)
The practice and procedures shall include procedures or palpation, examination of the spine and chiropractic clinical findings accepted by the Tennessee Board of Chiropractic Examiners as a basis for the adjustment of the spinal column and adjacent tissues for the correction of nerve interference and articular dysfunction. Patient care shall be conducted with due regard for nutrition, environment, hygiene, sanitation and rehabilitation designed to assist in the restoration and maintenance of neurological integrity and homeostatic balance.
|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: Insurance is not regulated by the board; based on licensee's decision.
Additionally legally accepted terms for chiropractor (In addition to Doctor of Chiropractic, D.C., Chiropractor, Chiropractic Doctor): Chiropractic Physician
Peer Review: No Board peer review at this time.
Certified Clinical Chiropractic Assistants: Chiropractic Therapy Assistants must be state certified as of 6/2000.
STATISTICAL INFORMATION: Total # of Licensees as of 5/31/2018:
|BOARD MEMBERS / TERMS:
Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.
Cole James Hosenfeld, D.C., President, Exp. 4/2019
Curtis E. Damier, D.C. Vice President, Exp. 4/2021
Jason B Hulme, D.C, Secretary, Exp. 4/2022
Joseph Frank Amato, D.C., Board Member, Exp. 4/2020
Dale W. Blackwelder, D.C Board Member, Exp. 4/2023
Vacant, Citizen Member
Vacant, Citizen Member
|# of Active licenses: 1,195
# of Inactive licenses:
# of Other Status:
|# of New licenses:
# of Resident licenses:
# of Non-Resident licenses:
# of Chiropractic Assistants: 531