Licensure Date: 1925 approx

Directory page last updated 12-2-2019

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. 
Barbara L. Johnson, Executive Director Anthony D. Eates II, Board Attorney
For Information Contact:
415 ½ D Street, Suite B 
P.O. Box 8532
So. Charleston, WV 25303

Time Zone: Eastern
Office Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm; Monday - Thursday
Phone: (304) 746-7839
Fax: (877) 992-0248
(Do not use FAX for applications)
Application requests must be in writing

Email:  wvchiroboard@outlook.com 
Web address: www.boc.wv.gov
Exam Dates: 2/6/2020; 8/6/2020
Application/ Transcript Deadline: 6 weeks prior to exam date; 12/26/2019 6/25/2020

Term: Annual, renew July 1st
Criminal background check: Yes
Fingerprinting: Yes
Exam fee: $150
Initial license fee: $50
License Renewal fee:
   $300 - Resident
   $150 - Non Resident or Retired
Preceptor/Intern/Extern Program: Students may work under direct supervision of licensed D.C. Contact Board for more details.
Students or graduated: Must be graduate to sit for Board
Require supervised practice prior to full licensure: No 
License(s) Required for Practice: Chiropractic
Optional Certification: Physiotherapy (optional but preferred); required to perform & bill
Requirements: 18 hours per year
Distance Credits Allowed: 6 hours only
Program Criteria: At the discretion of the Board - approves either sponsor or program.
Reputable sponsors, instructors from approved chiropractic colleges

Requires sexual boundaries training: No
Requires AIDS awareness/risk prevention training: No
Other specific CE training required: Varies

CONDITIONS FOR RECIPROCITY/ENDORSEMENT: Handled on case-by-case basis, state must have requirements equivalent to West Virginia and reciprocate with WV.
EXAMINATIONS ADMINISTERED BY STATE: Oral jurisprudence exam and interview with Board.


Part I: Required
Part II: Required
Part III (WCCE): Required
Part IV: Required
Physiotherapy: Accepted (required to perform & bill)

Acupuncture: Accepted
SPEC: Reciprocity/Endorsement: Not planning to use
Reinstatement Lapsed License: After a lapse of two years, a license may be issued only after the former certificate holder, subsequent to the lapse, has fulfilled all other requirements of licensure as set forth in Chapter 30, Article 16 (§30-16-6) and has passed the SPEC exam.
Disciplinary Cases: Can use now
Impairment Review: Not planning to use


PHYSIOTHERAPY: Termed Physiological Therapeutic Procedures
Certification: Optional endorsement or notation included with chiropractic license
Additional Education: 120 hours in subject
Additional Examination: Must take state exam / NBCE PT
Additional Fee: None
Min. # years pre-professional education required for licensure: Has attended for at least two academic years, consisting of no less than sixty semester hours, an accredited academic college or university and that after the first day of July, two thousand five, the applicant has obtained a bachelor's degree consisting of no less than on hundred twenty-eight semester hours from an accredited academic college or university, with a minimum of sixty hours in basic sciences mandated by the council on chiropractic education. 
Accreditation for Chiropractic Programs/Institutions: Council on Chiropractic Education; Fully accredited only
SUMMARY OF SCOPE OF PRACTICE: (Contact State for precise definition by state law)
The practices and procedures which may be employed by Doctors of Chiropractic are based on the academic and clinical training received in and through accredited chiropractic colleges. These shall include the use of diagnostic, analytical and therapeutic procedures specifically including the adjustment and manipulation of the articulations and adjacent tissues of the human body, particularly of the spinal column; included is the treatment of intersegmental disorders for alleviation of related neurological aberrations. Patient care and management is conducted with due regard for environment and nutritional factors, as well as first aid, hygiene, sanitation, rehabilitation and physiological therapeutic procedures designed to assist in the restoration and maintenance of neurological integrity and homeostatic balance.
Board regulates specialty council certification: Cannot claim to be certified unless shows proof of certification or diplomate status.
Board permits or authorizes travel-to-treat requirements: Case by case basis with approval from Board for limited period of time
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): Chiropractic Physician
Peer Review: Handled by separate organization or committee
Certified Clinical Chiropractic Assistants: Certificate not required; See Title 4, Series 1, §4-1-2.3; §4-1-14
Chiropractors defined as Primary Care Physicians: Yes
Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.
Barry Stowers, D.C., Chairman, 111 Lewis St., Oak Hill  25901    Exp. 6/2020
Geoffrey R. Mohn, D.C., Vice-Chairman, 3415 Edwards Avenue Huntington, WV 25705  Exp. 6/2022
Karl C Boone, D.C., Investigative Officer, 121 S Kanawha Street, Buckhannon, WV 26201 Exp. 6/2022
Terry W. Chambers, D.C., 319-B Lutz Ave, Martinsburg  25404    Exp. 6/2021

Ruth R. Lemmon, Lay Member, 225 Brooke Lane, Nitro, WV 25143     Exp. 6/2021

STATISTICAL INFORMATION: Total # of Licensees as of 12-2-2019


# of Active licenses: 314
# of Inactive licenses: 0

# of Other Status:   300 Expired
(Ex: retired/deceased/terminated/emeritus...)     
# of New licensees: 10
# of Resident licenses: 257
# of Non-Resident licenses: 57   
# of Chiropractic Assistants:  0