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Licensure Date: June 28, 1966

Directory page last updated 1/15/2018
**No updated information was provided by the Massachusetts board for 2017**

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. 
Brian Bialas, Executive Director

Ms. Sandra Velasquez, Board Administrator

For Information Contact:
Division of Professional Licensure
1000 Washington Street, Ste 710
Boston, MA 02118-6100

Time Zone: Eastern
Office Hours: 8:45 am - 5:00 pm; M-F
Phone: (617) 727-9940
Fax: (617) 727-1627


Web address:
Exam Dates: Jurisprudence daily M-F
Application/ Transcript Deadline: 1 month prior to exam date
Criminal background check: Yes
Fingerprinting: No

Application/Initial license fee: $267
Exam fee: Included in application fee
License Renewal fee: $135 ($57 late fee)

Term: Annual (April 1st - March 31st)
Personal interview with the Board required for initial licensure. Contact P.C.S. at 877-887-9727, for licensing-related forms and questions.
Preceptor/Intern/Extern Program: None
Require supervised practice prior to full licensure: No 

License(s) Required for Practice: Chiropractor & Chiropractic Facility
Optional Certification: Acupuncture licensed through MA Board of Medicine
CHIROPRACTIC FACILITY LICENSE INFO: All chiropractic services must take place within a licensed Facility, Exemption for Solo Practitioner status (see regulations 233CMR 2.01)
Application/Initial License Fee: $300
Criminal Background Check: Yes (includes all principals, employees & doctors.
Contact Info: Ms. Fei Chen (617-727-9964) 
License Renewal Fee: $150
Term: Annual (November 1st - October 31st) 
Program Criteria:
Sponsored by US Dept of Education accredited college, university, agency, or a recognized national or state chiropractic society, dealing with clinical proficiency, chiropractic philosophy and ethics, jurisprudence, or courses dealing with the human biological sciences as transferable to the University of Massachusetts. Excludes administrative or economic aspects of practice. See board regulations, 233 CMR 3.00 for details. 

Requirements: 12 hours per term
Distance Credits Allowed: 12 hours
Accepts uniform continuing education form: Yes
, also accepts PACE
Requires sexual boundaries training: No
Requires AIDS awareness/risk prevention training: No
Other specific CE training required: Advanced diagnostic testing, MUA (if used)

CONDITIONS FOR RECIPROCITY/ENDORSEMENT: Reciprocity only, no endorsement in MA; Application Fee: $402; Conditions: State exam equivalent to MA state exam at time of licensure, letter from State agency confirming reciprocity for MA licensees to that State, MA jurisprudence exam, personal interview with the Board. Contact P.C.S. at 877-887-9727 for application forms.
EXAMINATIONS ADMINISTERED BY STATE: Jurisprudence Exam only. Contact P.C.S. (877) 887-9727 for information
Part I: Required
 Part II: Required
Part III (WCCE): Required
Part IV: Required
Physiotherapy: Required
Acupuncture: Not accepted
SPEC: Used under certain circumstances and clinical concerns
Ethics & Boundaries:
Certain discipline & behavioral concerns
PHYSIOTHERAPY: Termed "Supportive Procedures & Therapies"
Certification: Under their license, chiropractors may utilize supportive therapies if knowledgeable and trained in them.
Additional Education: Not required

Additional Examination: None
Additional Fee: None

Min. # years pre-professional education required for licensure: High school graduate. After 12/1/69 proof that an applicant has completed 2 years in a curriculum leading to a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts or Sciences. No requirement for 4-year degree planned.
Accreditation for Chiropractic Programs/Institutions: Council on Chiropractic Education-USA
Subjects Examined: NBCE Parts I, II, III (WCCE), IV, and Physiotherapy. MA Jurisprudence Exam.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATES OF FOREIGN COLLEGES: All transcripts must be transcribed into the English language. Contact board for specific information.

SUMMARY OF SCOPE OF PRACTICE: (Contact State for precise definition by state law)
Chiropractic, the science of locating and removing interference with the transmission or expression of nerve force in the human body, by the correction of misalignments or subluxations of the bony articulations and adjacent structures, more especially those of the vertebral column and pelvis, for the purpose of restoring and maintaining health. It shall exclude operative surgery, prescription or use of drugs or medicines, the practice of obstetrics, the treatment of infectious diseases, and internal examinations, whether or not diagnostic instruments are used, except that the X-ray and analytical instruments may be used solely for the purpose of chiropractic examinations. Nothing in this definition shall exclude the use of supportive procedures and therapy, including braces, traction, heat, cold, sound, electricity, and dietary and nutritional advice, as treatment supplementary to a chiropractic adjustment. Also, see "Scope of Practice" regulation, 233CMR 4.01

Board regulates specialty council certification: No
Board permits or authorizes travel-to-treat requirements: No
Board permits or authorizes telemedicine practices: Yes
Licensees required to carry malpractice insurance: Yes, with (1) Licensed Facility; or (2) Solo Practice LLP or LLC
Additional legally accepted terms for chiropractor: Doctor of Chiropractic, D.C., Chiropractor, Chiropractic Doctor & Chiropractic Physician
Peer Review: see “Peer Review Policy Guideline”
Certified Clinical Chiropractic Assistants: see "Policy Guideline on the Performance of Chiropractic Supportive Procedures and Therapies by Unlicensed Assistants"

Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.  Three-year terms, appointed by the Governor.

Kirk Shilts, D.C., Chair
Dan J. Reida, D.C., Vice-Chair
Glenn L. Dodes, D.C., Secretary

Marsella L. Imonti, D.C., Board Member
Lori DeVeuve, D.C., Board Member
Scott Storozuk, D.C., Board Member

STATISTICAL INFORMATION: Total # of Licensees as of 2/20/2012: 2,171
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