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  TENNESSEE BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC EXAMINERS
Licensure Date: N/A
 

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. 
 

Ms. Teddy Wilkins, Administrative Director
    
         
For Information Contact:        
  Division of Health Related Boards
665 Mainstream Drive
Nashville, TN 37243
    Phone: (615) 532-5138
Fax: (615) 532-5369 
(Do not use FAX for applications)
  Web address: http://health.state.tn.us/Boards/Chiropractic/index.htm                                        E-Mail Address: Teddy.Wilkins@tn.gov 
 
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm; M - F   Time Zone: Central   

Exam Dates: No; Exam interviews

 


Criminal Background Check: Yes
Application/Transcript Deadline: n/a   Require Fingerprinting: Yes
Temporary License Fee: $ 100   State Regulatory Fee: $ 10 
Application Fee: $ 360 (State Regulatory Fee: $ 10.00)   Term: Biennial
License Renewal Fee: $ 260 (State Regulatory Fee: $ 10 biennial)    
         
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. Temporary License available to graduated D.C. with completed file to work under licensed D.C. on premises. (Law Change under consideration) 
Require supervised practice prior to full licensure: Cannot practice without a temp and supervisor or full license.    
 
License(s) Required for Practice: Chiropractic
Optional Certification: n/a Interview of final application process with board member before approval.    
         
CONTINUING EDUCATION:
  Requirements: 24 hours per year
Distance Credits Allowed: 6 maximum of the 24                                                    
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 P{ACE on the topics of philosophy or practice-building are approved.  To transition in 2014, all independent Continuing Education courses approved by the Board through March 31, 2014 are accepted as approved continuing education for 2014 credits. 
Board accepts the uniform continuing education form: No
Board requires sexual boundaries training:
License renewal 3 hours
Board requires AIDS awareness / risk prevention training: 3 hours
Other special areas of specific CE training required:
None
         
CONDITIONS FOR RECIPROCITY/ENDORSEMENT: 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: None
 
NATIONAL BOARD EXAMINATIONS:     SPEC:
Part I: Required
Part II: Required
Part III (WCCE): Required (effective 3/12/1996)
Part IV: Required (effective 1/1/1999)
Physiotherapy: Required
  Reciprocity/Endorsement: Can use now 
Reinstatement Lapsed License: Can use now 
Disciplinary Cases: Can use now 
Impairment Review: Under consideration
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

         
EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
  Min. # years pre-professional education required for licensure:
2 year college (60-hour) pre-matriculation requirement and a bachelors (or its equivalent) requirement 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 for precise definition 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 maintenane of neurological integrity and homeostatic balance.
         
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: 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: Assistants who perform therapy must be state certified as of 6/2000.  
         
BOARD MEMBERS / TERMS: Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions. 7 Seats, All Appointed.
Michael Massey, D.C., President, 740 Tell Street, Suite 400, Athens 37303 Exp. 4/2014
Craig Ratcliff, D.C., Vice President, 826 Middlecreek Road, Sevierville 37862 Exp. 4/2015
Chris Alexander, D.C., Secretary, 270 West Church Street, Suite E, Lexington 38351 Exp. 4/2018
Andrea Selby, D.C., 4704 Stuart Glen, Nashville 37215 Exp. 4/2017
Richard Cole, D.C., 2845 Summer Oaks Dr., Bartlett  38134   Exp. 4/2016 
Sheila Fitzgerald, Citizen Member, 304 Harpeth Hills Drive, Franklin 37069 Exp. 4/2013
Gina Marie Hampton, Citizen Member, 170 Glover St., Atwood 38220   Exp. 4/2011
         
STATISTICAL INFORMATION:  Total # of Licensees as of 2/14/2014: 1,134
 

Of these licensees, there are:
Active licenses: 1,134
New licenses: *
Resident licenses: *
Non-Resident licenses: *                                                  
                                                                                                              *Information not provided

 

 

        Updated 7/29/2014

 

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