Licensure Date: 1919

Directory page last updated 3-1-2021


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. 
Michelle "Micki" T. Becker, Executive Director John Burbey, Licensing Coordinator
For Information Contact:
335 Randolph Avenue, Suite 208
St Paul, MN 55102

Time Zone: Central
Office Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm; M-F
Phone: (651) 201-2850
Fax: (651) 201-2852
(Do not use FAX for applications)

Application/Licensing Questions:  Email: John.Burbey@state.mn.us
Statute/Compliance Questions:  Email:  Ronald.Arnold@state.mn.us
Web address: mn.gov/health-licensing-boards/chiropractic-examiners/
Term: Annual, renew December 31
Criminal background check: Yes, with fee
Fingerprinting: Yes
Exam fee: $250 + CBC fee
Initial license fee: Included in exam fee
License Renewal fee: $200
Preceptor/Intern/Extern Program:  Students may practice under licensed D.C. if both are in chiropractic college’s community based internship program. A graduate preceptor program has been established for graduated but not yet licensed D.C.s (contact Board for more information).
Require supervised practice prior to full licensure: Yes             License(s) Required for Practice: Yes; Chiropractic Optional Registration:  Independent Examiner Registration, Acupuncture Registration, Professional Firm Registration, Animal Chiropractic Registration 
Requirements: 20 hours every year; 3 hours must be in X-ray,
and 1 hour must be in professional boundaries.
Distance Credits Allowed: 20 alternative-method credits
Program Criteria: Board approved sponsor ─ must benefit
patient and not be administrative/practice building
Requires sexual boundaries training: One hour every year
for license renewal, due each Dec. 31st. 

Board requires AIDS awareness / risk prevention training: No

Other special areas of specific CE training required: 2 hours
(as part of their 20-hour requirement) in acupuncture/meridian therapy subjects
for those registered to perform acupuncture; 6 hours
(IN ADDITION to their 20-hour requirement) in animal chiropractic related subjects for those registered to perform animal chiropractic.

CONDITIONS FOR LICENSE TRANSFER: May waive certain portions of written exam for doctors licensed in other states. Contact board for information. New statutes allow for license transfer/endorsement. Must have 5 years of active practice elsewhere and may not be subject of discipline elsewhere. Must take written jurisprudence exam described below. Contact board for more information.
EXAMINATIONS ADMINISTERED BY STATE: Written: jurisprudence now provided online, available 24/7. Those presenting passing NBCE Part IV scores must then take jurisprudence exam of Minnesota



Part I: Required *
Part II: Required *
Part III (WCCE): Required *
Part IV: Required
Physiotherapy: Required *
*may be waived under certain circumstances -

contact board for more information

Acupuncture: Accepted; required for Acupuncture certification *
SPEC: License transfer available
Reinstatement of Lapsed License: Can use now
Disciplinary Cases: Can use now
Impairment Review: Can use now


PHYSIOTHERAPY: Termed Rehabilitative therapy
Certification: Included in chiropractic license
Additional Education: No specific requirements
Additional Examination: NBCE Physiotherapy required
Additional Fee: None
Min. # years pre-professional education required for licensure: 2 years. No requirement for 4-year degree planned.
Accreditation for Chiropractic Programs/Institutions: Council on Chiropractic Education; Fully accredited status CCE schools or fully accredited by an agency approved by USDE accepted as of January 1, 1988.
SUMMARY OF SCOPE OF PRACTICE: (Contact State for precise definition by state law)
Chiropractic recognizes the innate recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery by identifying and caring for vertebral subluxations and other abnormal articulations by emphasizing the relationship between structure and function as coordinated by the nervous system and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health; Chiropractic services include the evaluation and facilitation of structural, biomechanical, and neurological function and integrity through the use of adjustment, manipulation, mobilization, or other procedures accomplished by manual or mechanical forces applied to bones or joints and their related soft tissues for correction of vertebral subluxation, other abnormal articulations, neurological disturbances, structural alterations, or biomechanical alterations, and includes, but is not limited to manual therapy and mechanical therapy; diagnostic services including clinical, physical, laboratory, and other diagnostic measures, including diagnostic imaging that may be necessary to determine the presence or absence of a condition, deficiency, deformity, abnormality, or disease as a basis for evaluation of a health concern, diagnosis, differential diagnosis, treatment, further examination, or referral; Therapeutic services include rehabilitative therapy, and all of the therapeutic, rehabilitative, and preventive sciences and procedures for which the licensee was subject to examination.  When provided, therapeutic services must be performed within a practice where the primary focus is the provision of chiropractic services to prepare the patient for chiropractic services, or to complement the provision of chiropractic services; Acupuncture is permitted only after registration with the board which requires completion of a board-approved course of study and successful completion of a board-approved national examination on acupuncture; A licensed chiropractor may engage in the practice of animal chiropractic diagnosis and treatment if registered to do so by the board, and if the animal has been referred to the chiropractor by a veterinarian. 
Board regulates specialty council certification: No
Board permits or authorizes travel-to-treat requirements: Yes
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: Repealed by statute
Certified Clinical Chiropractic Assistants: Board does not regulate
Chiropractors Defined as Primary Care Physicians: Not addressed
Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.
Ridge Pidde, D.C., President
Nestor Riano, D.C., Vice President
Derek Doty, D.C., Administrative Officer
Teresa Marshall, D.C.
Robert Daschner, D.C. 
Nicole Zaret, D.C.
Kimberly Hill, Public Member

* Note: Send mail to board members through Board office

STATISTICAL INFORMATION: Total # of Licensees as of 1/11/2020: 5,974


# of Active licenses: 3,114
# of Inactive licenses: 132
# of Other Status:  2,860
(such as voluntarily retired, emeritus,
revoked, suspended, terminated, deceased)
# of New licensees: 135 (from 1/1/20 to 1/12/2021)
# of Resident licenses: 3,114 (active)
# of Non-Resident licenses: 134 (Inactive)
# of Chiropractic Assistants: n/a