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District 5
License Date:   N/A
FCLB Member:   Yes
Website:   https://floridaschiropracticmedicine.gov/
License Verification:   
Regulatory Language:   


(Contact State for precise definition by state law)
May examine, analyze and diagnose the human living body and its diseases by the use of any physical, chemical, electrical, or thermal method, and use the X-ray for diagnosing, and may use any other general method of examination for diagnosis and analysis taught in any school of chiropractic recognized and approved by the Florida State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Chiropractic physicians may adjust, manipulate, or treat the human body by manual, mechanical, electrical or natural methods, or by the use of physical means, physiotherapy (including light, heat, water, or exercise) or by the oral administration of foods and food concentrates, food extracts, and may apply first aid and hygiene, but chiropractic physicians are expressly prohibited from prescribing or administering to any person any legend drug, or from performing any surgery, except as hereinabove stated or from practicing obstetrics.

Board Notes

Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.

Contact Info

Board Administrator:    Christina McGinnis | Executive Director
Legal Advisor:   Deborah Loucks | Board Counsel
Support Staff:   Gail Curry | Program Operations Administrator
Additional Support Staff:   
Website:   https://floridaschiropracticmedicine.gov/
Email Address:   mqa.chiropractic@flhealth.gov
Phone:   (850) 245-4355
Phone Extension:   
Fax:   (850) 922-8876
Fax For Application:   No
Street Address:   Kelly Woodard, Regulatory Supervisor Consultant Department of Health
Street Address Cont:   4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C07
City:   Tallahassee
State:   FL
Zipcode:   32399
Time Zone:    Eastern

Application Info

Required Licenses:   Chiropractic Physician
Application Deadline:   
Application Fee:   $100
Application Notes:   
Term:   Biennial
Term Notes:   Renew March 31, even numbered years
Jurisprudence Exam Dates:   
Exam Fee:   Fees vary for each examination
Exam Fee Notes:   
Initial License Fee:   $305
Initial License Fee Notes:   Laws & Rules fee: $95.00
License Renewal Fee:   $379
Criminal Background Check:   Yes
Criminal Background Check Notes:   
Fingerprinting:   Yes
Fingerprinting Notes:   

Education Info

Minimum Years Pre Professional Education:   90
Bachelor Degree Required:   Yes
Accreditation For Chiropractic Programs:    Accredited by or has status with the Council on Chiropractic Education or its predecessor agency.
Accreditation Notes:   Requirements - see chapter 460.406(1)(d) - Brief Summary: Applicants who matriculated into chiropractic college prior to July 2, 1990: 2 years of residence college work, a bachelor’s degree program meeting state requirements. After July 1, 1990: Bachelor’s degree based on 4 years of study, program meeting state requirements. Please obtain a complete copy of the applicable section of Florida law. After July 1, 2000, completed, prior to matriculation in a chiropractic college, at least 3 years of residence college work, consisting of a minimum of 90 semester hours. Must have bachelors prior to examination. Chiropractic degree must consist of credits earned in the chiropractic program and may NOT include credit for courses from the bachelor's degree.
Special Requirements For Graduates Of Foreign Colleges:    Transcripts must be evaluated by an accredited U.S. college. Also see FL statutes 456.027: Notwithstanding any other provision of law, educational programs and institutions which are required by statute to be accredited, but which were accredited by an agency that has since ceased to perform an accrediting function, shall be recognized until such programs and institutions are accredited by a qualified successor to the original accrediting agency, an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, or an accrediting agency recognized by the board, or the department when there is no board; and FL statute 460.406.

Student Practice Info

May Sit for Board Exam Prior To Graduation:   Yes
Supervised Practice:   Intern
Supervised Practice Required:   No
Supervised Practice Notes:   Preceptor/Intern/Extern Program: Community Based Internship - student enrolled in last year of chiropractic school is approved to obtain pre-graduation clinical experience under the direct supervision of a chiropractor who is an adjunct faculty member of the chiropractic college in which the student is enrolled.

Examinations Info

Exams Administered By State:
State or provincial laws and rules / Jurisprudence
NBCE Part 1:   Required
NBCE Part 2:   Required
NBCE Part 3:   Required
NBCE Part 4:   Required
NBCE Physiotheraphy:   Required
NBCE Acupuncture:   Accepted
NBCE Spec:   Accepted
SPEC Notes:   SPEC: Reciprocity/Endorsement: Not planning to use Reinstatement Lapsed License: Not planning to use Disciplinary Cases: Yes, probation issues Impairment Review: Not planning to use

Certifications Info

Optional Certifications:
Physiotherapy Termed:   Within scope of license practice with appropriate training.
Physiotherapy Certification:   Included in Chiropractic License
Physiotherapy Education:   
Physiotherapy Exam:   None
Physiotherapy Fee:   
Board Regulates Specialty Council Certification:   No

License Portability Info

Condition For Reciprocity Endorsement:   The Licensure by Endorsement Law was repealed effective July 1, 1989. See sect. 460.406 (I)(e), F.S
Board Permits And Authorizes Travel To Treat:   Yes
Board Permits And Authorizes Telemedicine Practices:   No

Additional Info

Licensees Required To Carry Malpractice Insurance:   Yes
Malpractice Notes:   $100,000 per claim - minimum annual aggregate of not less than $300,000.
Peer Review:   No
Legally Accepted Terms for Chiropractor:    (in addition to Doctor of Chiropractic, D.C., Chiropractor, Chiropractic Doctor): Chiropractic Physician
Chiropractors Defined As Primary Care Physicians:   No

Chiropractic Therapy Assistants Info

Regulated:   Yes

Continuing Education Info

Required Hours Per Year:   20
Distance Hours Allowed Per Year:   10 of General CE hours
Required Subjects:   Initial Licensure Biennium: All chiropractic physicians initially licensed within the biennium are exempt from the CE requirements for renewal with the exception of: 1) Within the first 12 months, one full day at a Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine meeting at which disciplinary hearings are conducted as provided in subsection 6482-13.004(8), F.A.C. (NOTE: Initial licensure practitioners who reside out of the state may satisfy this requirement within 12 months after locating to the State of Florida.) 2) Six hours of record keeping/documentation and coding; 3) Two hours in the area of ethics and boundaries; 4) Two-hour course relating to prevention of medical errors; 5) Three hours of HIV/AIDS. Requirements: 40 hours every 2 years, with 2 of those hours in prevention of medical errors, and 1 of those hours in risk management of which 2 hours include Florida laws and rules; and 6 hours in record keeping and 2 hours in ethics.
Additional Requirements And Information For CE:   Board requires sexual boundaries training: No Board requires AIDS awareness / risk prevention training: Initial license renewal - 3 hours Other special areas of specific CE training required: Florida Laws & Rules, included in risk management, record keeping and ethics.
Additional CE Information:   Program Criteria: See 64B2-13.004, F.A.C.
Additional Accepts PACE:   Accepts PACE Precheck

Regulatory Board Members

Michael Roberts, D.C.
Board Member
Julie Hunt D.C.
Board Member
Anthony Olivro, D.C.
Board Member
Walter Melton Jr., D.C.
Board Member
Jason Comerford, D.C.
Board Member
Gretchen Saunders
Public Member
Ellen Ostman
Public Member

Statistical Info

Current As Of Date:   6
Active Licenses:   6,069
Inactive Licenses:   262
New Licenses:   1,730
Resident Licenses:   5,415
Retired Licenses:   292
Other Status Licenses:   
Chiropractic Assistants:   3,361
Statistical Notes:    Certified Chiropractic Physician Assistants licenses: 233