Wednesday, October 07, 2015

West Virginia

Licensure Date: 1925 approx

Directory page updated 1/13/2015

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. 
Barbara L. Johnson, Executive Secretary

For Information Contact:
415 ½ D Street, Suite #6
P.O. Box 8532
So. Charleston, WV 25303

Time Zone: Eastern
Office Hours: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm; Monday - Thursday
Phone: (304) 746-7839
Fax: (304) 746-0794
(Do not use FAX for applications)
Application requests must be in writing

Web address:
Exam Dates: 2/5/2015; 8/6/2015
Application/ Transcript Deadline: 6 weeks prior to exam date; 12/25/2015; 6/25/2015
Term: Annual, renew July 1st
Criminal background check: Yes
Fingerprinting: Yes
Exam fee: $150
Initial license fee: $50
License Renewal fee:
   $300 - Resident
   $150 - Non Resident or Retired
Preceptor/Intern/Extern Program: Students may work under direct supervision of licensed D.C. Contact Board for more details.
Students or graduated: Must be graduate to sit for Board
Require supervised practice prior to full licensure: No 

License(s) Required for Practice: Chiropractic
Optional Certification: Physiotherapy (optional but preferred); required to perform & bill
Requirements: 18 hours per year
Distance Credits Allowed: 6 hours only
Program Criteria: At the discretion of the Board - approves either sponsor or program. Reputable sponsors, instructors from approved chiropractic colleges
Accepts uniform continuing education form: Yes

Requires sexual boundaries training: No
Requires AIDS awareness/risk prevention training: No
Other specific CE training required: Varies

Handled on case-by-case basis, state must have requirements equivalent to West Virginia and reciprocate with WV.
EXAMINATIONS ADMINISTERED BY STATE: Oral jurisprudence exam and interview with Board.
Part I: Required
Part II: Required
Part III (WCCE): Required
Part IV: Required
Physiotherapy: Accepted (required to perform & bill)
Acupuncture: Accepted
SPEC: Reciprocity/Endorsement: Not planning to use
Reinstatement Lapsed License: After a lapse of two years, a license may be issued only after the former certificate holder, subsequent to the lapse, has fulfilled all other requirements of licensure as set forth in Chapter 30, Article 16 (§30-16-6) and has passed the SPEC exam.
Disciplinary Cases: Can use now
Impairment Review: Not planning to use
PHYSIOTHERAPY: Termed Physiological Therapeutic Procedures
Certification: Optional endorsement or notation included with chiropractic license
Additional Education: 120 hours in subject

Additional Examination: Must take state exam / NBCE PT
Additional Fee: None

Min. # years pre-professional education required for licensure: 2 years or 60 semester hours; Requirement for 4 year degree - July 1, 2005, pre-chiropractic college matriculation.
Accreditation for Chiropractic Programs/Institutions: Council on Chiropractic Education; Fully accredited only

SUMMARY OF SCOPE OF PRACTICE: (Contact State for precise definition by state law)
The practices and procedures which may be employed by Doctors of Chiropractic are based on the academic and clinical training received in and through accredited chiropractic colleges. These shall include the use of diagnostic, analytical and therapeutic procedures specifically including the adjustment and manipulation of the articulations and adjacent tissues of the human body, particularly of the spinal column; included is the treatment of intersegmental disorders for alleviation of related neurological aberrations. Patient care and management is conducted with due regard for environment and nutritional factors, as well as first aid, hygiene, sanitation, rehabilitation and physiological therapeutic procedures designed to assist in the restoration and maintenance of neurological integrity and homeostatic balance.

Board regulates specialty council certification: Cannot claim to be certified unless shows proof of certification or diplomate status.
Board permits or authorizes travel-to-treat requirements: Case by case basis with approval from Board for limited period of time
Board permits or authorizes telemedicine practices: No
Licensees required to carry malpractice insurance: No
Additional legally accepted terms for chiropractor (in addition to Doctor of Chiropractic, D.C., Chiropractor, Chiropractic Doctor): Chiropractic Physician
Peer Review: Handled by separate organization or committee
Certified Clinical Chiropractic Assistants: Certificate not required; Review Title 4, Series 1, §4-1-2; §4-1-14
Chiropractors defined as Primary Care Physicians: No 

Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.
Roger A. Kritzer, D.C., Chairman, 220 Virginia Avenue, Fairmont 26554 Exp. 6/2014
Jeffrey L. Summers, D.C., Vice-Chairman, PO Box 4003, Charleston 25364 Exp. 6/2015
Barry A. Stowers, D.C., Investigative Officer, 111 Lewis Street, Oak Hill 25901 Exp. 6/2013
Holly L. Harvey, D.C., Secretary, Route 1, Box 104, Union 24983 Exp. 6/2016
H. Jarrett "Jerry" Walker, Public Member, 11 Quail Cove Rd, Charleston 25314 Exp. 6/2015

STATISTICAL INFORMATION: Total # of Licensees as of 12/23/2014: 324
Of these licensees, there are:
Active licenses: 324
Inactive licenses: 100

New licenses: 12
Resident licenses: 255
Non-Resident licenses: 69

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