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Directory page last updated 3-1-2021

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. 
Marcia Walter, Executive Director

Megan Borchert, Board Attorney

Phone: (605) 668-9017

For Information Contact:
407 Belmont Avenue
Yankton, SD 57078

Time Zone: Central
Office Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; M-F
Fax: (605) 668-9017
 Do not use FAX for applications)

Email: sdbce@iw.net
Web address: http://chiropractic.sd.gov
Exam Dates: 3/17/21, 6/9/21, 9/15/21, 12/8/21
(no matriculation at December meeting)
Application/ Transcript Deadline: 15 days prior to meeting with the Board
Criminal background check: Yes
Fingerprinting: Yes
Matriculation Fee: $100
Initial license fee: $200 Active, $50 Inactive

Term: Annually, Renew by December 31st
License Renewal fee: $100 Active; $50 Inactive
Preceptor/Intern/Extern Program: Students may practice under Board approved, licensed D.C. No temporary permit for graduated D.C. to practice under licensed D.C.
Students or graduated: May sit for board matriculation 90 days prior to graduating
Require supervised practice prior to full licensure: No 
License(s) Required for Practice: Chiropractic
Optional Certification: Acupuncture 
Program Criteria: The board shall review the information concerning a continuing education course provided under 20:41:08:04 and may grant or deny approval based on the following: (1) Sponsorship of the course; (2) The qualifications and experience of the instructor; (3) The applicability of the subject matter to the practice of chiropractic as a healing art.
Requirements: 40 hours in a 2 year period
Distance Credits Allowed: 40 hours in a 2 year period

 Requires sexual boundaries training: Yes, required in current 2020/2021 education cycle
Requires AIDS awareness/risk prevention training: No
Other specific CE training required: All DC's need to maintain current CPR certification; if certified to perform acupuncture, 8 hours of CE are required in 2-year education cycle.
Requirements for Optional Licenses or Certification: Meridian Therapy - completion and passing of NBCE Acupuncture Exam.

CONDITIONS FOR RECIPROCITY/ENDORSEMENT: (1) Applicant has passed all parts of the National Boards required at the time of graduation; (2) has actively practiced a minimum of five years immediately preceding the submission of the application; (3) has no investigations pending; and (4) has no adverse actions taken by another state board. After review of an applicant’s application and record, if the board has any remaining concerns about the applicant’s clinical competency, the board may require the applicant to take and successfully pass the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) Special Purposes Examination for Chiropractic (SPEC) or the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Part IV Examination. The board shall determine the score for successful passage and shall consider the NBCE recommended score to make that determination.
EXAMINATIONS ADMINISTERED BY STATE: An open-book exam on South Dakota laws governing chiropractic is required, plus a meeting with the Board at a regularly scheduled board meeting.


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

Acupuncture: Accepted
SPEC: Reciprocity/Endorsement: Can use now
Reinstatement Lapsed License: Can use now
Disciplinary Cases: Can use now
Impairment Review: Can use now
Note: If doctor has been in practice several years and does not have Part IV, can take SPEC exam.


PHYSIOTHERAPY: Termed Physiotherapy
Certification: Included in chiropractic license
Additional Education: Must be obtained in a CCE approved college
Additional Examination: Must have NBCE Physiotherapy exam
Additional Fee: None
Min. # years pre-professional education required for licensure: 2 years, however, the minimum requirements for licensure in the state of South Dakota for licensees graduating on or after January 1, 2011 will include a baccalaureate degree in addition to a doctor of chiropractic degree. The Bachelor’s degree may be granted by an accredited undergraduate program or by the chiropractic college or university that can offer a dual degree.
Accreditation for Chiropractic Programs/Institutions: Council on Chiropractic Education, or the equivalent; Must be fully accredited.
Subjects Examined: Physiotherapy, laboratory, roentgen interpretation, manipulation, diet, meridian therapy, anatomy, bacteriology, physiology, chemistry, pathology, histology, gynecology, symptomatology, hygiene, diagnostic X-ray interpretation, principles and practice of chiropractic.
SUMMARY OF SCOPE OF PRACTICE: (Contact State for precise definition by state law)
Chiropractic is the science of locating and removing the cause of any abnormal transmission of nerve energy including diagnostic and applied mechanical measures incident thereto. Integral to chiropractic is the treating of specific joints and articulations of the body and adjacent tissues, to influence joints or neurophysiological functions of the body, or both, including the use of examination and treatment by manipulation, adjustment, and mobilization of a joint. No chiropractor may practice obstetrics or treat communicable diseases. The requirements of this section do not apply to those licensed pursuant to chapter 36-4.
Board regulates specialty council certification: Only councils approved by ACA
Board permits or authorizes travel-to-treat requirements: Yes, D.C. must be in good standing in their state of practice, must apply 2 weeks prior to event. Can only treat participant of event and must reapply if event lasts longer than 2 weeks.
Board permits or authorizes telemedicine practices: No
Licensees required to carry malpractice insurance: Yes, Board requires a minimum of $100,000 / $300,000
Additionally legally accepted terms for chiropractor (in addition to Doctor of Chiropractic, D.C., Chiropractor, Chiropractic Doctor): Chiropractic Physician
Peer Review: Special peer review committee of 25 members includes one chairman and 12 subcommittees
Certified Clinical Chiropractic Assistants: board certifies chiropractic assistants upon application and verification that the CA has completed 20 hours of board-approved training and passing of approved test. CA's are also required to be CPR certified. Board certifies chiropractic x-ray technicians upon application and verification of 36 hours of board-approved training and passing of applicable state exam.
Chiropractors defined as Primary Care Physicians: Yes in regards to Medicare, work comp and some insurance plans, but not all encompassing. Statutory interpretation of the codified laws of South Dakota does not refer to chiropractors as physicians.
Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.
Rick Odland, D.C., President, 3600 S. Marion Road, Ste 101, Sioux Falls  57106    Exp. 1/1/2022
Bill Blickensderfer, D.C., Vice-President, 2326 Canyon Lake Drive, #7, Rapid City 57702   Exp. 1/1/2024
Jay Ortman, D.C., Secretary, P.O. Box 157, Canistota, SD 57012 Exp. 1/1/2022
Kathleen A. Deutsch, D.C., Board Member, 16452 449th Ave, Florence, 57235  Exp. 1/1/2022 
Lori Koenecke, Public Member, 904 North Madison, Pierre, SD 57501 Exp. 1/1/2024

STATISTICAL INFORMATION: Total # of Licensees as of 1/15/2021: 


# of Active licenses: 467
# of Inactive licenses: 63
# of Other Status: not tracked
(Ex: retired/deceased/terminated/emeritus...)   
# of New licensees: 31
# of Resident licenses: 447
# of Non-Resident licenses: 63
# of Chiropractic Assistants:  238