Exam Changes to be Implemented - August 2024

NBCE announces changes to the Parts I, II, III, and Physiotherapy exam to begin in August 2024. Click here for more information.

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National Board of Chiropractic Examiners

July 2024 Part III applications and July 2024 PHT applications are now open. Applications for August through October 2024 exams are not available at this time. Please complete our contact form here to receive notification when applications become available. We apologize for the inconvenience.


National Board of Chiropractic Examiners

What Is The NBCE?

The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, including its International Board of Chiropractic Examiners, is the international testing agency for the chiropractic profession. The NBCE develops, administers and scores standardized exams that assess knowledge, higher-level cognitive abilities and problem-solving in various basic science and clinical science subjects.

NBCE exams offer assurance to the general public that, regardless of where a chiropractor went to school or was licensed, he or she has demonstrated a baseline of knowledge as well as ability in diagnosis, diagnostic imaging, principles of chiropractic, associated clinical sciences and chiropractic practice.


Pre-Licensure Exams

The NBCE offers exams in the areas of; Basic Sciences – Part I, Clinical Sciences – Part II, Clinical Competency – Part III, Practical Skills – Part IV, and Physiotherapy – PHT. Licensing agencies that regulate the practice of chiropractic use NBCE exam scores in their evaluation of candidates for licensure.


Post-Licensure/Specialty Exams

Post-Licensure/Specialty exams are offered for a variety of purposes; including state requirements, certification, and diplomate programs for acupuncture, clinical nutrition, internists and more. 

Other Exams

State Exams

The NBCE administers customized exams that are tailored and specific for each state’s statutes and rules. The NBCE offers state required exams in Florida, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Oregon. 

Entrance Exam

The NBCE Chiropractic College Aptitude Test (CCAT) is an elective exam offered to prospective students. CCAT is used in conjunction with academic counseling to guide academic decisions. Learn more about CCAT.

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