Thursday, October 08, 2015


Licensure Date: N/A

Directory page updated 9/10/2015

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

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) 532-5096
Fax: (615) 253-8724
(Do not use FAX for applications)

Web address:
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 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.
Requirements: 24 hours per year
Distance Credits Allowed: 6 maximum of the 24
Accepts uniform continuing education form: No

Requires sexual boundaries training: License renewal 3 hours
Requires AIDS awareness/risk prevention training: 3 hours
Other specific CE training required: None

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
Part I: Required
Part II: Required
Part III (WCCE): Required (effective 3/12/1996)
Part IV: Required (effective 1/1/1999)
Physiotherapy: Required
SPEC: 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

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.

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 handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.
Chris Alexander, D.C., President, 270 West Church Street, Suite E, Lexington 38351 Exp. 4/2018
Richard Cole, D.C. Vice President, 2845 Summer Oaks Dr., Bartlett 38134 Exp. 4/2016
Craig Ratcliff, D.C., Board Member, 826 Middlecreek Road, Sevierville 37862 Exp. 4/2015
Sheila Fitzgerald, Citizen Member, Secretary, 304 Harpeth Hills Drive, Franklin 37069 Exp. 4/2018
Andrea Selby, D.C., 4704 Stuart Glen, Nashville 37215 Exp. 4/2017
Cole James Hosenfeld, D.C., 1137 Andrew Johnson Hwy, Strawberry 37871 Exp. 4/2019
Gina Marie Hampton, Citizen Member, 170 Glover St., Atwood 38220 Exp. 4/2011

STATISTICAL INFORMATION: Total # of Licensees as of 2/5/2015: *
Of these licensees, there are:
Active licenses: 1,722
New licenses: *
Resident licenses: *
Non-Resident licenses: *
* Information not provided

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