Licensure Date: 1917

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. 
Joe Siragusa, Executive Director
Lisa Hicks-Jones, Office Manager
John Riggleman, Licenseing Specialist
For Information Contact:
9121 Anson Way Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 2761

Time Zone: Eastern
Office Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; M-F
Phone: (704) 793-1342
Fax: (704) 793-1385

Email:  ncboce@ncchiroboard.com  
Web address: www.ncchiroboard.com
Exam Dates: https://ncchiroboard.com/master-exam-calendar/
Application/ Transcript Deadline: 15 days prior to exam
Criminal background check: Yes
Fingerprinting: Yes
Exam fee: $300
Term: Annual, renew January 1st
Initial license fee: Included in exam fee
License Renewal fee: $300
Preceptor/Intern/Extern Program:  § 90-142.1. Supervised training programs:
Students or graduated: May sit for board exams 60 days prior to graduating
Require supervised practice prior to full licensure: No 
License(s) Required for Practice: Chiropractic
Optional Certification: n/a 

Requirements: 18 hours per year; minimum 10 hours in -person
Distance Credits Allowed: 8 hours
Program Criteria: Board approves both sponsor and program.

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Requires sexual boundaries training:  No
Requires AIDS awareness/risk prevention training: No
Other specific CE training required:  None

CONDITIONS FOR RECIPROCITY/ENDORSEMENT: states whose requirements are at least equivalent to North Carolina, active, competent practitioner in good standing, practiced at least one year in past three years preceding application in the state from which reciprocity is requested. $300 fee.
EXAMINATIONS ADMINISTERED BY STATE: NC Jurisprudence ; 75% passing score


Part I: Required *
Part II: Required *
Part III (WCCE): Required *
Part IV: Required 
Physiotherapy: Required *
*passing score: 375%
Acupuncture: Not accepted
SPEC: Reciprocity: Required
Reinstatement Lapsed License: Required (>180 days)
Disciplinary Cases: Possible
Impairment Review: Possible


PHYSIOTHERAPY: Termed Physiological Therapeutics
Certification: Included in chiropractic license
Additional Education: No specific requirements
Additional Examination: None
Additional Fee: None
Min. # years pre-professional education required for licensure: Beginning 7/1/93, applicants must have a BS or BA degree from accredited institution, not pre-chiropractic education. Board requires degree prior to sitting the exam.
Accreditation for Chiropractic Programs/Institutions: Council on Chiropractic Education
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATES OF FOREIGN COLLEGES: All transcripts must be transcribed in the English language. Contact Board for specific information.
SUMMARY OF SCOPE OF PRACTICE: (Contact State for precise definition by state law)
The science of adjusting the cause of disease by realigning the spine, releasing pressure on nerves radiating from the spine to all parts of the body, and allowing the nerves to carry their full quota of health current (nerve energy) from the brain to all parts of the body. Any person obtaining a license from the Board of Chiropractic Examiners shall have the right to practice the science known as Chiropractic, in accordance with the method, thought and practice of Doctors of Chiropractic, as taught in recognized chiropractic schools and colleges, but shall not prescribe for or administer to any person any medicine or drugs, nor practice osteopathy or surgery. Licensed Doctors of Chiropractic may practice in public hospitals. A licensed Doctor of Chiropractic may have access to and practice chiropractic in any hospital or sanitarium in this state that receives aid or support from the public, and shall have access to diagnostic x-ray records and laboratory records relating to the Doctor of Chiropractic's patients. Free choice by the patient is guaranteed. No agency of the State, County, or Municipality, nor any commission or clinic, nor any Board administering relief, social security, health insurance or health service under the laws of the State of North Carolina shall deny to the recipients or beneficiaries of their aid or services the freedom to choose a duly licensed Doctor of Chiropractic as a provider of care or services which are within the scope of practice of the profession of Chiropractic as defined in this chapter. A Doctor of Chiropractic, for all legal purposes, shall be considered an expert in his field and when properly qualified, may testify in a court of law as to etiology, diagnosis, prognosis, and disability, including anatomical, neurological, physiological, and pathological considerations within the scope of Chiropractic.
Board regulates specialty council certification: n/a
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 Physician)
Peer Review: Board does not conduct peer reviews 
Certified Chiropractic Clinical Assistants: Minimum 24 hours of Board-approved training and pass NC exam. Recertification every 3 years with 6 hours of Board-approved recertification course.
Certified Radiologic Technician:  Minimum 50 hours of Board-approved training and pass the NC exam. Annual renewal with 6 hours of Board-approved re-certification course. 
Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.
Kevin Sharp, D.C., Past- President, Winston-Salem,  Exp. 6/2022
Thomas Ayres, III, D.C., President, Raleigh,  Exp. 3/2023
Christopher Outten, D.C., Vice President, Cary,  Exp. 3/2022
John Hammer, D.C., Secretary, Rocky Mount,  Exp. 3/2023
Thomas Mitchell, D.C., Member, Raleigh,  Exp. 3/2022
Ray Chavez, D.C., Member, Canton, Exp. 6/2021
Kimberly Quarles Swintosky , Public Member, Raleigh, Exp. 3/2022

Lourdes Caballero, Public Member, Greenville, Exp. 3/2021

STATISTICAL INFORMATION: Total # of Licensees as of 1/8/2021: 


# of Active licenses: 2,059
# of Inactive licenses: n/a

# of Other Status:  n/a
(Ex: retired/deceased/terminated/emeritus...)    
# of New licensees: 107
# of Resident licenses:  1,856
# of Non-Resident licenses:  193