Nutrition Exam

NOTE:  Before applying to take this exam, you must contact the CBCN at to determine eligibility.

What Is The Nutrition Exam?

Certification in clinical nutrition provides formal recognition of nutrition knowledge by Chiropractic Diplomates. It is a voluntary certification, by examination, focusing on individual competence in this specialized practice area. States vary as to whether and how a Diplomate may hold themselves out as a specialist so the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition (CBCN) recommends each Diplomate check with their licensing board on this issue.

The 200-question computer-based examination for the CBCN is developed jointly with the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) and administered electronically by Prometric testing centers across the country. Questions concerning the content of the examination should be directed to CBCN.

The Nutrition exam requires approximately three hours of test administration time, divided into two equal sessions of 90 minutes each.

2024 Examination Dates

March 7-16, 2024
September 19-28, 2024

Topics and Reference Texts

The NBCE develops every exam based on a test plan. The detailed Nutrition Test Plan includes topics and weightings (the percentage of the test devoted to each topic).

The NBCE uses reference texts from the chiropractic colleges. See the Nutrition Reference Text List.


How Do I Apply for the Exam?

Apply for the exam through the MyNBCE Online Account Portal. Contact to update your account. The NBCE will send the request for approval to the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition (CBCN) to verify prerequisite training has been completed. Once approved, you may pay and schedule the exam through the MyNBCE Online Account Portal.

Test Site & Test Site Rules

The CBCN examination administered by NBCE, is available at Prometric testing centers around the world. The NBCE will send doctors approved to take the examination more detailed location and contact information approximately 30 days in advance.

The NBCE will notify you once your application has been processed. It is then up to you to contact Prometric Testing Centers to schedule your testing appointment. Appointment times are dependent upon available space at testing centers. Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled testing appointment to complete admission procedures. You must present two forms of identification including one government-issued photo ID at the testing center. Testing aids of any kind will not be permitted in the testing center. You must store all personal items in a locker. You will be monitored at all times by audio and video recorders.


What Is A Passing Score?

A minimum passing score is 75%.


Exam Fee

The NBCE computer-based exam fee is $100.

Contact the CBCN for separate CBCN fee information and the withdrawal/refund policy.


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