VIRGINIA BOARD OF MEDICINE: Department of Health Professions
Licensure Date: 1920

Directory page last updated 7/9/2018

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. 
William L. Harp, M.D., Executive Director

For Information Contact:
Deputy Director, Licensure
(804) 367-4472
Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233

Fax: (804) 527-4426 
(Do not use FAX for applications)

Email: medbd@dhp.virginia.gov
Web address: www.dhp.virginia.gov/medicine/ 

ShaRon Clanton, Licensure Support Technician
(804) 367-4501
Disciplinary Questions:
Lynn Taylor, Sr. Admin. Assistant
(804) 367-4571

Erin Barrett, Board Counsel

Time Zone: Eastern
Office Hours: 8:15 am - 5:00 pm; M-F
Exam Dates: None
Application/ Transcript Deadline: None
Criminal background check: No
Fingerprinting: No
Term: Biennial
Initial license fee: $277
License Renewal fee: $312 
Preceptor/Intern/Extern Program: Students enrolled in chiropractic schools may (i) participate in preceptorship programs that are a part of the training program of the chiropractic school, or (ii) practice in clinics, hospitals, educational institutions, private medical offices, or other health facilities, in a program approved by the school, under the direct tutorial supervision of a licensed chiropractor who holds an appointment on the faculty of a chiropractic school approved by the Board. This is not an internship, students are not paid, and are not to be coverage doctors while the sponsor doctor is away from the office.  It is part of the CCE educational requirement to provide actual clinical care under faculty observation as part of the requirement to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
Require supervised practice prior to full licensure: N/A
License(s) Required for Practice: Chiropractic
Optional Certification: n/a 
Requirements: 60 CE hours biennially
Distance Credits Allowed: n/a
Program Criteria: n/a

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

Applicants must have passed appropriate NBCE exams
Part I: Required
Part II: Required
Part III (WCCE): Required
Part IV: Required
Physiotherapy: Not required
Acupuncture: Not required
SPEC: Reciprocity/Endorsement: Not Accepted
Reinstatement Lapsed License: Accepted
Disciplinary Cases: Accepted
Impairment Review: Accepted
Note: Graduates after 1/31/96 must have NBCE Parts I through IV. Graduates from 1/31/91 - 1/31/96 must have I, II, & III. Graduates from 7/1/65 to 1/31/91 must have I, II, & III or I, & II & SPEC plus evidence of licensure in another state for 2 yrs. Graduates prior to 7/1/65 must pass SPEC and have licensure in another state for 2 years immediately preceding the application.
PHYSIOTHERAPY: Termed Physiotherapy   Chiropractors may refer patients to physical therapists
Certification: The use of modalities included in chiropractic license
Additional Education:
No specific requirements
Additional Examination: No specific requirements
Additional Fee: None

Min. # years pre-professional education required for licensure: No statutory requirement; no requirement for 4-year degree planned
Accreditation for Chiropractic Programs/Institutions: Council on Chiropractic Education; Must be Fully Accredited

SUMMARY OF SCOPE OF PRACTICE: (Contact State for precise definition by state law)
Practice of Chiropractic means the adjustment of the twenty-four movable vertebrae of the spinal column, and assisting nature for the purpose of normalizing the transmission of nerve energy. It does not include the use of surgery, obstetrics, osteopathy, nor the administration of any drugs, medicines, serums or vaccines.

Board regulates specialty council certification: No
Board permits or authorizes travel-to-treat requirements: No
Board permits or authorizes telemedicine practices: Full VA license required; consultation with licensed Virginia practitioners does not require a license
Licensees required to carry malpractice insurance: No
Additional legally accepted terms for chiropractor (in addition to Doctor of Chiropractic, D.C., Chiropractor, Chiropractic Doctor): Terms listed above. When using Dr. or Doctor, must be accompanied by the term chiropractor, chiropractic, or D.C.
Peer Review: No information available
Certified Clinical Chiropractic Assistants: No current or planned regulation 

The Virginia Board is composed of 11 M.D.s, 1 Doctor of Chiropractic, 1 Doctor of Osteopathy, 1 Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, and four public members.
Barbara Allison-Bryan, M.D., President, Exp. 6/2020
Note: Please mail any correspondence to Colanthia D. Morton in care of the board office.

STATISTICAL INFORMATION: Total # of Licensees as of 1/29/2018: 
# of Active licenses: 1,779
# of Inactive licenses: 106

# of Other Status:  does not track
(Ex: retired/deceased/terminated/emeritus...)   

# of New licensees:  44 (since 7/1/17) 
# of Resident licenses: 
# of Non-Resident licenses: 296  
# of Chiropractic Assistants: