Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health Licensure Unit

Licensure Date: 1915

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. 
Claire Covert-Bybee, Program Manager Antonio Carranza, Health Licensing Coordinator
For Information Contact:
Office of Rehabilitation & Community Services
301 Centennial Mall South
P.O. Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

Time Zone: Central
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; M-F
Phone: (402) 471-2299 
Fax: (402) 742-1152
(Do not use FAX for applications)

Email:  DHHS.RehabOffice@nebraska.gov
Web address: http://dhhs.ne.gov/licensure/Pages/Chiropractic.aspx
Exam Dates: NBCE Exam dates for Part I - Part IV
Application/ Transcript Deadline: None
Criminal background check: Yes (NE convictions only)
Fingerprinting: No
Exam fee: None
Term: Biennial, renew August 1 in even-numbered years
Initial license fee: $144
License Renewal fee: $144
Preceptor/Intern/Extern Program: Students may practice under licensed D.C. provided they are enrolled in an accredited college of chiropractic, services performed are part of course of study, practice under direct supervision of licensed chiropractor.
Require supervised practice prior to full licensure: No  License(s) Required for Practice: Chiropractic
Optional Certification: n/a 
Requirements: Must complete 36 hours of continuing education, which include 8 mandatory hours, biennially as a condition for license renewal. The time period for accruing the continuing education hours is August 2, 2016 through August 1, 2018. The 8 mandatory hours must include 4 hours related to technical skills in one or a combination of the following categories: (1) X-ray physics, quality control, x-ray production and interpretation of diagnostic imaging; and/or (2) chiropractic adjustive techniques; AND
4 hours related to practice issues in one or a combination of the following categories: (1) continuing education pertaining to HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases and related conditions as they relate to chiropractic; (2) gender sensitivity and sexual harassment issues (commonly referred to as boundary training); (3) chiropractic scope of practice in the State of Nebraska (must include adopted practice guidelines and practice law specific to Nebraska only); (4) ordering laboratory tests and interpreting information from laboratory tests; (5) performing physical, neurological, and orthopedic examination procedures as they relate to chiropractic practice; (6) prevention of fraud, system set-ups, coding, quality control, and standards of practice; (7) rehabilitative care as it relates to chiropractic practice; (8) practice ethics as recognized by state or national associations; (9) use of unlicensed personnel. Contact the board for listing of acceptable CE requirements.
Distance Credits Allowed: Included in self-study. Maximum of 6 hours
Program Criteria: Board does not pre-approve programs. Must be scientific, related to practice of chiropractic.

CONDITIONS FOR RECIPROCITY/ENDORSEMENT: Have met substantially equivalent requirements in the other state as required in Nebraska, also license in good standing. Contact board office for full details.
EXAMINATIONS ADMINISTERED BY STATE: None - NBCE Part IV. Jurisprudence open book test not mandatory but recommended.


Part I: Required
Part II: Required
Part III (WCCE): Required
Part IV: Required
Physiotherapy: Required

Acupuncture: Not accepted
 SPEC: (in lieu of Part IV)
Reciprocity/Endorsement: Accepted
Reinstatement Lapsed License: Yes
Disciplinary Cases: Can use now
Impairment Review: No


PHYSIOTHERAPY: Termed Chiropractic Physiotherapy
Certification: Included in chiropractic license
Additional Education: No specific requirements
Additional Examination: Must have NBCE Physiotherapy exam
Additional Fee: None
Min. # years pre-professional education required for licensure: Law requires at least 2 years pre-professional education. Requirement for 4-year degree under consideration.
Accreditation for Chiropractic Programs/Institutions: A candidate for licensure must have graduated from an accredited college of chiropractic. Accredited college of chiropractic means a school or college which meets the conditions specified in Neb. Rev. Stat. 38-803. The Department recognizes, upon the recommendation of the Board, colleges or schools of chiropractic accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education or other federally approved chiropractic accrediting agency provided such college or school meets the conditions specified in Neb. Rev. Stat. 38-803.
SUMMARY OF SCOPE OF PRACTICE: (Contact State for precise definition by state law)
The practice of chiropractic is defined as being one or a combination of the following, without the use of drugs or surgery:
1) The diagnosis and analysis of the living human body for the purpose of detecting ailments, disorders, and disease by the use of diagnostic X-ray, physical and clinical examination, and routine procedures including urine analysis; or
2) The science and art of treating human ailments, disorders, and disease by locating and removing any interference with the transmission and expression of nerve energy in the human body by chiropractic adjustment, chiropractic physiotherapy, and the use of exercise, nutrition, dietary guidance, and colonic irrigation. The use of X-rays beyond the axial skeleton shall be solely for diagnostic purposes and shall not
expand the practice of chiropractic to include the treatment of human ailments, disorders and disease not permitted when the use of X-rays was limited to the axial skeleton.
Board regulates specialty council certification: No
Board permits or authorizes travel-to-treat requirements: Incidental practice in consultation with a licensed chiropractor from Nebraska allowed but permits are not issued.
Licensees required to carry malpractice insurance: No
Additionally legally accepted terms for chiropractor (in addition to Doctor of Chiropractic, D.C., Chiropractor): Chiropractic Physician
Peer Review: May be handled by state chiropractic association
Certified Clinical Chiropractic Assistants: Nebraska does not credential CAs
Chiropractors defined as Primary Care Physicians: No
Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.
Mark G. Wurth, D.C., Chiropractic Member, Chair, 3811 Dodge Street, Omaha, 68131 Exp. 11/2020
Jeremiah Rethwisch, D.C., Chiropractic Member, Vice-Chair,  Exp. 11/2019
Maryanne Gamble, Public Member, Secretary, Exp 11/2019
David Lauer, D.C., Chiropractic Member,   6132 Havelock Ave, Lincoln 68507 Exp. 11/2021


STATISTICAL INFORMATION: Total # of Licensees as of 12/13/2017: 737


# of Active licenses: 737
# of Inactive licenses: 235

# of Other Status: 129
(Ex: retired/deceased/terminated/emeritus...)    
# of New licensees: 36 (as of Dec 2017) 
# of Resident licenses: 
# of Non-Resident licenses: 
# of Chiropractic Assistants: