Tuesday, December 18, 2018


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Directory page last updated 7/23/2018

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. 
Michael Sobowale, LLM, Administrative Director
​Mark Cole, Board Attorney
For Information Contact:
Tennessee Department of Health
Division of Health Related Boards
665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

Time Zone: Central
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm; M-F
Phone: (615) 770-3803
Fax: (615) 253-8724
(Do not use FAX for applications)

Email: Michael.Sobowale@tn.gov
Web address: http://tn.gov/health/topic/Chiro-board

Exam Dates: No; Exam interviews
Application/ Transcript Deadline: n/a
Criminal background check: Yes
Fingerprinting: Yes
Application fee: $360 (plus state regulatory fee)
State Regulatory Fee: $10
Term: Biennial
License Renewal fee: $260 (plus state regulatory fee)
Preceptor/Intern/Extern Program: Students or graduated (not yet licensed) D.C.s may practice (only in the physical presence of) under licensed D.C.
Require supervised practice prior to full licensure: Cannot practice without a temp and supervisor or full license.
License(s) Required for Practice:
Optional Certification: n/a; Interview of final application process with board member before approval.

Program Criteria: The Board accepts for license renewal continuing education courses approved by statute (International Chiropractic Association, American Chiropractic Association and the Tennessee Chiropractic Association), and courses provided by the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Board's PACE (Providers of Approved Continuing Education) programs that are consistent with Rule 0260-02-.12. However, no courses approved by FCLB PACE on the topics of philosophy or practice-building are approved. 
Requirements: 24 hours per year
Distance Credits Allowed: 6 maximum of the 24

Requires sexual boundaries training: License renewal 3 hours
Requires AIDS awareness/risk prevention training: 3 hours
Other specific CE training required: Tennessee statutory and chiropractic regulatory Jurisprudence

Granted only on an individual basis. All applicants are required to take the SPEC if they have not had Parts I-IV & PT of NBCE
EXAMINATIONS ADMINISTERED BY STATE: An oral interview with a board member before approval for a license as part of the final application process.

Part I: Required
Part II: Required
Part III (WCCE): Required
Part IV: Required
Physiotherapy: Required
SPEC: Reciprocity/Endorsement: Required
Reinstatement Lapsed License: Verified
Disciplinary Cases: Verified
Impairment Review: Verified
Acupuncture: In order to offer acupuncture as a service in practice, must have acupuncture exam and complete 250 hours from an acupuncture course accredited by an agency or entity approved by the Board.
PHYSIOTHERAPY: Termed Physiotherapy
Certification: Included in chiropractic license
Additional Education: As per college requirements

Additional Examination: Must have both NBCE and state physiotherapy exam
Additional Fee: None

Min. # years pre-professional education required for licensure: Prior to 2000: 2 full academic years of college (60-hour) pre-matriculation or university work of at least 60 semester hours requirement or a bachelors level education (or its equivalent) requirement prior to licensure.  Applicants who matriculated into chiropractic college in the year 2000 or later are required to have a bachelor's degree prior to licensure.
Accreditation for Chiropractic Programs/Institutions: Council on Chiropractic Education;Fully Accredited
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATES OF FOREIGN COLLEGES: Similar education, and information for application translated into English. Contact board for specific information.

SUMMARY OF SCOPE OF PRACTICE: (Contact State Board rules for detailed explanation as defined by state law)
The practice and procedures shall include procedures or palpation, examination of the spine and chiropractic clinical findings accepted by the Tennessee Board of Chiropractic Examiners as a basis for the adjustment of the spinal column and adjacent tissues for the correction of nerve interference and articular dysfunction. Patient care shall be conducted with due regard for nutrition, environment, hygiene, sanitation and rehabilitation designed to assist in the restoration and maintenance of neurological integrity and homeostatic balance.

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: No
Additionally legally accepted terms for chiropractor (In addition to Doctor of Chiropractic, D.C., Chiropractor, Chiropractic Doctor): Chiropractic Physician
Peer Review: No Board peer review at this time.
Certified Clinical Chiropractic Assistants: Chiropractic Therapy Assistants must be state certified as of 6/2000.

Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.
Chris Alexander, D.C., President, 270 West Church Street, Suite E, Lexington, TN 38351 Exp. 4/2018
Cole James Hosenfeld, D.C., Vice President, 4307 Ball Camp Pike, Knoxville, TN 37921   Exp. 4/2019
Joseph Frank Amato, D.C., Board Member, 4012 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport, TN 37663   Exp. 4/2020
Jason B. Hulme, D.C., Board Member,   Exp. 4/2022
Curtis E. Damien, D.C., Board Member, 8110 US Hwy 51N, Ste 2, Millington  38053-1715   Exp. 4/2021
Vacant, Citizen Member 

STATISTICAL INFORMATION: Total # of Licensees as of 5/31/2018: 
# of Active licenses: 1,196
# of Inactive licenses: 
# of Other Status:
(Ex: retired/deceased/terminated/emeritus...) 
# of New licenses:
# of Resident licenses:
# of Non-Resident licenses: 
# of Chiropractic Assistants:  542       

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