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  PENNSYLVANIA STATE BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC 
Licensure Date: 1951

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. 
 

Stephen Snyder, Board Administrator   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
    Phone: (717) 783-7155
Fax: (717) 787-7769
(Do not use FAX for applications)
  Web Address: www.dos.state.pa.us/chiro       E-Mail Address: st-chiropractic@pa.gov

Office Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; M - F   Time Zone: Eastern
 
License Renewal Fee: $ 210    Criminal Background Check: Not required
Term: biennial - Sept. 1 of even-numbered years   Require Fingerprinting: Not required
      
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    
         
CONTINUING EDUCATION:
  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.
Board accepts the uniform continuing education form: No
Board requires sexual boundaries training:
No
Board requires AIDS awareness / risk prevention training:
No
Other special areas of specific CE training required:
n/a
         
CONDITIONS FOR RECIPROCITY/ENDORSEMENT: State must reciprocate in like manner with Pennsylvania, plus $65 fee.
 
EXAMINATIONS ADMINISTERED BY STATE: None
         
NATIONAL BOARD EXAMINATIONS:     SPEC:
Part I: Required
Part II: Required
Part III (WCCE): Required
Part IV: Required
Physiotherapy: Accepted
Acupuncture: Not accepted 
 

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  

         
EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
  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.
         
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:
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 MEMBERS / TERMS:
Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.
Kathleen G. McConnell, D.C., Chair, Exp. 10/2015
Joseph T. Grice, D.C., Secretary, Exp. 10/2015
Johnathan W. McCullough, Jr., D.C.,    Exp. 10/2015
John E. McCarrin, D.C.,  Exp. 6/2017
Christopher Decker, Public Member,  Exp. 6/2016
Miriam Merry Woods, Public Member,  Exp. 6/2016 
Nicole L. VanOrder, Consumer Protection Member 
 

Note: Please send all correspondence through the Board office
         
STATISTICAL INFORMATION:  Total # of Licensees as of 12/14/2012: *
  Of these licensees, there are:
Active licenses: 4,062
Inactive licenses: *
New licenses: *
Resident licenses: *
Non-Resident licenses: *
*Information not provided
 

        Updated 10/22/2013

 

 

 

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