Licensure Date: 1907 - licensed as MD;
1933 - established
as DC;
1954 - separate board established

Directory page last updated 5/22/2018

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. 
Cheris Frailey, Program Director

Michael Chavez, Administrative Support

Robert W. Finke, First Assistant Attorney General

For Information Contact:
1560 Broadway, Ste 1350
Denver, CO 80202

Web address: www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Chiropractic
Time Zone: Mountain
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; M-F
Phone: (303) 894-7800
Fax: (303) 894-2831
(Do not use FAX for applications)

General email: DORA_ChiropractorsBoard@state.co.us

Licensing Questions: 
Donna Bame, Licensing Supervisor -               (303) 894-2433
    Fax: (303) 894-7693
Kaila Vigil, Licensing Specialist (A-E) -             (303) 894-7829               kaila.vigi@state.co.us 
Stephanie Luethy, Licensing Specialist - (F-K)  (303) 894-7851                stephanie.luethy@state.co.us 
Andrea Grady, Licensing Specialist - (L-Q)        (303) 894-7763               andrea.grady@state.co.us 
Megan Addington, Licensing Specialist - (R-Z)   (303) 894-7715               megan.addington@state.co.us 
Exam Dates: N/A                                                           
Exam fee: N/A

Criminal background check: No
Fingerprinting: No
Term: Biennial - renew October 31st of odd-numbered years
Initial license fee: Currently $250 (varies)
License Renewal fee: $212 (Reinstatement); $210 (Reactivation)
License renewal information is e-mailed to public address of record 6 weeks prior to expiration
Fees subject to change
Preceptor/Intern/Extern Program: No internship or temporary license under practicing D.C.s available (12-33-101, C.R.S. 12-33-128, C.R.S. and Rule 19)
Require supervised practice prior to full licensure: No 
License(s) Required for Practice: Chiropractic
Optional Authority: Electrotherapy; Acupuncture (Changed as of 7/2010) -- See Rule 17; Animal Chiropractic (see Statutes 12-33-127, Rules & Regulations)
Requirements: 15 hours per year; 30 hours per 2-year renewal cycle (4 hours of record-keeping and documentation over 2-year renewal period) (See Rule 8)
Distance Credits Allowed: 10 hours (distance learning) per renewal period (See Rule 8); 20 hours of additional CE hours if licensee holds animal chiropractic authority.
Program Criteria: Continuing chiropractic education program sponsors need not apply for nor expect to receive prior Board approval for a formal continuing chiropractic education program. The number of creditable hours may be determined by counting the contact hours of instruction and rounding to the nearest quarter hour. The Board relies upon the integrity of the program sponsors to present continuing chiropractic education that constitutes a meritorious learning experience and complies with C.R.S., 12-33-116 and 12-33-111. If during an audit it is discovered that a sponsor has falsified information regarding the course, the sponsor may be required to have all future courses pre-approved. Course content is limited to scientific subject matter basic to the field of the healing arts (contact board for list). Offerings in the promotion of practice building or office management shall not be approved for CE. Instructors must be qualified to teach the course outlined. The licensee must maintain in his/her own file, the date and hours of attendance, synopsis of the course content, and the qualifications of the instructor. (See Rule 8)

Board requires sexual boundaries training: No
Board requires AIDS awareness / risk prevention training: No

Other special areas of specific CE training required: CPR Healthcare Provider Level needs to be maintained while licensed. The hours necessary to maintain this CPR certification may be used toward the CE hours required by Rule 8. 


CONDITIONS FOR ENDORSEMENT: Licensed to practice chiropractic in another state/territory, that possess credentials and qualifications equivalent to Colorado's requirements for licensure by examination (See Statute 12-33-111), have been engaged in the full-time practice of chiropractic for at least three of the past five years immediately preceding the date of the receipt of the application, demonstrated competency as a chiropractor as determined by the board, have not been convicted of a crime that would be grounds for the refusal, suspension, or revocation of a license to practice chiropractic in Colorado if committed in Colorado, and license to practice in all other states is in good standing. (See Statute 12-33-113).



Part I: Required
Part II: Required
Part III (WCCE): Required
Part IV: Required
Physiotherapy: Not required
Acupuncture: Not required
SPEC: Reciprocity/Endorsement: Successfully passing the SPEC exam within two years preceding an application may be used in lieu of state practical exam requirement.
Reinstatement Lapsed License: May be used
Disciplinary Cases: May be used
Impairment Review: Not planning to use
PHYSIOTHERAPY: Termed Electrotherapy
Authority: Authority granted at time of application
Additional Education: 120 classroom hours in this subject with a clinical component to determine competency; passing the NBCE Physiotherapy examination is acceptable to demonstrate competency (See Rule 10)
Additional Examination: None
Authority on License: Acupuncture: (application; no fee) Minimum 100 hours theoretical study and supervised clinical instruction verified by official transcript and pass a nationally recognized examination (See Rule 17).
Authority on License: Animal: (application; no fee) Minimum 210 hours that include both classroom instruction and clinical experience culminating with a proficiency evaluation, (see 12-33-127, C.R.S.) Educational program must be Board-approved.
EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (Refer to Statute 12-33-111)
Min. # years pre-professional education required for licensure: High school diploma, no statutory requirement for undergraduate hours.  No requirement for a 4-year degree planned.
Accreditation for Chiropractic Programs/Institutions: Council on Chiropractic Education; The Board has the authority to approve a school with CCE equivalency.
Subjects Examined: Anatomy, including embryology and histology, physiology and psychology, biochemistry, inorganic and organic chemistry, pathology, bacteriology, toxicology, public health, hygiene, sanitation, first aid, diagnosis, pediatrics, dermatology, syphilology, psychiatry, X-ray, obstetrics, gynecology, principles & practice of chiropractic, adjustive techniques, and orthopedics/neurology (See Statute 12-33-111)

SUMMARY OF SCOPE OF PRACTICE: (Contact State for precise definition by state law)
Chiropractic means that branch of the Healing Arts which is based on the premise that disease is attributable to the abnormal functioning of the human nervous system. It includes the diagnosing and analyzing of human ailments and seeks the elimination of the abnormal functioning of the human nervous system by the adjustment or manipulation, by hand, of the articulations and adjacent tissue of the human body, particularly the spinal column, and the usage as indicated of procedures which facilitate and make the adjustment or manipulation more effective, and the use of sanitary hygienic, nutritional, and physical remedial measures necessary to such practice. "Chiropractic" does not include colonic irrigation therapy. "Chiropractic" does include the use of venipuncture for diagnostic purposes; and, treatment by acupuncture when performed by an appropriately trained Chiropractor as determined by the Colorado State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Electrotherapy means the application of any radiant or current energies of high or low frequency, alternating or direct, except surgical cauterization, electrocoagulation, the use of radium in any form, and X-ray therapy, by a trained Doctor of Chiropractic who has fulfilled the educational and licensing requirements of this state board. (See Rule 7)
Board regulates specialty council certification: No
Board permits or authorizes travel-to-treat requirements: Yes, with restrictions. Temporary license may be granted to chiropractors who apply and are approved by US Olympic Training Committee only.
Board permits or authorizes telemedicine practices: No case of first impression has come before the Board.
Licensees required to carry malpractice insurance: Professional liability insurance, $300,000 per claim with an aggregate liability limit for all claims during the year of $1,000,000 (Refer to 12-33-116.5)
Additional legally accepted terms for chiropractor (in addition to Doctor of Chiropractic, D.C., Chiropractor, Chiropractic Doctor): Terms listed above
Peer Review: Handled by Board
Animal Chiropractic allowed: Yes, as of 7/2010 (See Section 12-33-127)
Certified Clinical Chiropractic Assistants: No current or planned licensing/registration regulation
Chiropractors defined as Primary Care Physicians: No
Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.
Randy Knoche, D.C., President, Expires 5/2021
Donald Corenman, D.C., Vice President, Expires 5/2023
Sara Schmidt, D.C., Secretary, Expires 05/2022
Michelle Wendling, D.C., Expires 05/2021
Michael Simeone, D.C., Expires 05/2020
Jose Chaves, Public MemberExpires 05/2021
Alexandra Zuccarelli, Public Member, Expires 05/2023

STATISTICAL INFORMATION: Total # of Licensees as of 2/1/2017: 


# of Active licenses: 2,565
# of Inactive licenses: 

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