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Licensure Date: 1979 

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. 

Dr. Anthony Spivey, Executive Director    Joseph Lesho, Program Operations Administrator
For Information Contact:        
  Michele Jackson, Regulatory Specialist Supervisor
Department of Health
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C07 
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3257
    Phone: (850) 245-4355 
Fax: (850) 922-8876 
(Do not use FAX for applications)
  Web address:     E-Mail:

Office Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; M - F   Time Zone: Eastern

Exam Fee: $90
Application Fee:
$ 100

Initial License Fee: $ 305
Laws & Rules Fee: $50.50 (payable to Prometric)

Criminal Background Check: Yes
Require Fingerprinting: Yes
License Renewal Fee: $ 355
Term: Biennial, renew March 30, even years

Students: Students in final year of chiropractic program are eligible to apply to take exams for licensure.
Preceptor/Intern/Extern Program: Community Based Internship - student enrolled in last year of chiropractic school is approved to obtain pre-graduation clinical experience under the direct supervision of a chiropractor who is an adjunct faculty member of the chiropractic college in which the student is enrolled.
Require supervised practice prior to full licensure: No   
License(s) Required for Practice: Chiropractic Physician
Optional Certification: Acupuncture
  Requirements: 40 hours every 2 years, with 2 of those hours in prevention of medical errors, and 1 of those hours in risk management of which 2 hours include Florida laws and rules; and 6 hours in record keeping and 2 hours in ethics.  
Initial Licensure Biennium: All chiropractic physicians initially licensed within the biennium are exempt from the CE requirements for renewal with the exception of:  1) Within the first 12 months, one full day at a Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine meeting at which disciplinary hearings are conducted as provided in subsection 6482-13.004(8), F.A.C. (NOTE:  Initial licensure practitioners who reside out of the state may satisfy this requirement within 12 nonths after locating to the State of Florida.)  2)  Six hours of record keeping/documentation and coding; 3) Two hours in the area of ethics and boundaries; 4) Two-hour course relating to prevention of medical errors; 5) Three hours of HIV/AIDS. 
Distance Credits Allowed: None
Program Criteria: See 64B2-13.004, F.A.C.
Board accepts the uniform continuing education form: Board has a CE provider app. accept copies of Board approved CE certificates.
Board requires sexual boundaries training: No
Board requires AIDS awareness / risk prevention training: Initial license renewal - 3 hours
Other special areas of specific CE training required: Florida Laws & Rules, included in risk management, record keeping and ethics.
CONDITIONS FOR RECIPROCITY/ENDORSEMENT: The Licensure by Endorsement Law was repealed effective July 1, 1989. See sect. 460.406 (I)(e), F.S.
EXAMINATIONS ADMINISTERED BY STATE: Laws and Rules (separate fee applies)

Part I: Required
Part II: Required
Part III (WCCE): Required
Part IV: Required
Physiotherapy: Required
Acupuncture: Accepted 

  Reciprocity/Endorsement: Not planning to use 
Reinstatement Lapsed License: Not planning to use 
Disciplinary Cases: Yes, probation issues
Impairment Review: Not planning to use
Note: All scores must be at least 375. 460.406(1)(e) and 64B2 - 11.003 (3)  
PHYSIOTHERAPY: Within scope of license practice with appropriate training.

Certification: N/A
Additional Education: N/A
Additional Examination: N/A
Additional Fee: N/A

  Min. # years pre-professional education required for licensure: Requirements - see chapter 460.406(1)(d) - Brief Summary: Applicants who matriculated into chiropractic college prior to July 1, 1990: 2 years of a bachelor’s degree program meeting state requirements. After July 1, 1990: Bachelor’s degree based on 4 years of study, program meeting state requirements. Please obtain a complete copy of the applicable section of Florida law. After July 1, 2000, completed, prior to matriculation in a chiropractic college, at least 3 years of college work, consisting of a minimum of 90 semester hours. Must have bachelors prior to examination. Chiropractic degree must consist of credits earned in the chiropractic program and may NOT include credit for courses from the bachelors degree.    
  Accreditation for Chiropractic Programs/Institutions: Accredited by or has status with the Council on Chiropractic Education or its predecessor agency.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATES OF FOREIGN COLLEGES:   Transcripts must be evaluated by an accredited U.S. college. Also see FL statutes 456.027:  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, educational programs and instritutions which are required by statute to be accredited, but which were accredited by an agency that has since ceased to perform an accrediting function, shall be recognized until such programs and institutions are accredited by a qualified successor to the original accrediting agency, an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, or an accrediting agency recognized by the board, or the department when there is no board; and FL statute 460.406.
(Contact State for precise definition by state law)
May examine, analyze and diagnose the human living body and its diseases by the use of any physical, chemical, electrical, or thermal method, and use the X-ray for diagnosing, and may use any other general method of examination for diagnosis and analysis taught in any school of chiropractic recognized and approved by the Florida State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Chiropractic physicians may adjust, manipulate, or treat the human body by manual, mechanical, electrical or natural methods, or by the use of physical means, physiotherapy (including light, heat, water, or exercise) or by the oral administration of foods and food concentrates, food extracts, and may apply first aid and hygiene, but chiropractic physicians are expressly prohibited from prescribing or administering to any person any legend drug, or from performing any surgery, except as hereinabove stated or from practicing obstetrics.
  Board regulates specialty council certification: No
Board permits or authorizes travel-to-treat requirements: Yes, must be licensed in another state.
Board permits or authorizes telemedicine practices: No
Licensees required to carry malpractice insurance: Yes, $100,000 per claim - minimum annual aggregate of not less than $300,000.
Additional legally accepted terms for chiropractor (in addition to Doctor of Chiropractic, D.C., Chiropractor, Chiropractic Doctor): Chiropractic Physician
Peer Review: Repealed 1996
Certified Clinical Chiropractic Assistants: Contact board for regulation F.S.#460.4165; certified & registered, F.S. #460.4166
BOARD MEMBERS / TERMS:  Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.
Kevin Fogarty, D.C., Chair,      Exp. 10/2014
Kenneth J. Dougherty, D.C.,    Exp. 10/2017
Christopher Fox, D.C., Exp. 10/2014
Danita Heagy, D.C., Exp. 10/2016 
Julie Hunt, D.C.,  Exp. 10/2016 
Ruth Pelaez, Consumer Member,   Exp. 10/2015 
David C. Colter, Consumer Member,  Exp. 10/2017

STATISTICAL INFORMATION:  Total # of Licensees as of 1/7/2015:  * 
  Of these Chiropractic licensees, there are:                                
Active licenses: 5,613                                                                     
Inactive licenses: 45 (In-State); 243 (Out-of-State)
Delinquent licenses:  168 (In-State); 212 (Out-of-State)                   
Military Active licenses: 8                                                                
Retired  licenses: 238                                                                      
New licenses: *                                                                               
Resident licenses: 5,066                                                                  
Non-Resident licenses: 835     

Of these Certified Chiropractic Physician Assistants licensees, there are:    
Active licenses:  2,889     

Of these Registered Chiropractic Assistants, there are:
Active licenses:  158          
Inactive licenses:  4 (In-State); 2 (Out-of-State)    
Delinquent licenses:  45 (In-State); 2 (Out-of-State)    
Retired licenses:  2                      


          Updated 5/28/2015


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