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District 3
License Date:   N/A
FCLB Member:   Yes
License Verification:   
Regulatory Language:   
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.


(Contact State for precise definition by state law)
Chiropractic, the science of locating and removing interference with the transmission or expression of nerve force in the human body, by the correction of misalignments or subluxations of the bony articulations and adjacent structures, more especially those of the vertebral column and pelvis, for the purpose of restoring and maintaining health. It shall exclude operative surgery, prescription or use of drugs or medicines, the practice of obstetrics, the treatment of infectious diseases, and internal examinations, whether or not diagnostic instruments are used, except that the X-ray and analytical instruments may be used solely for the purpose of chiropractic examinations. Nothing in this definition shall exclude the use of supportive procedures and therapy, including braces, traction, heat, cold, sound, electricity, and dietary and nutritional advice, as treatment supplementary to a chiropractic adjustment. Also, see "Scope of Practice" regulation, 233CMR 4.01

Board Notes

Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions. Three-year terms, appointed by the Governor

Contact Info

Board Administrator:   Lisa Guglietta | Executive Director
Legal Advisor:   Sheila York | Board Attorney
Support Staff:   Eboni Lewis | Associate Executive Director
Additional Support Staff:   Fei-Yan Chen, Office Support Specialist
Email Address:
Phone:   617-624-6150
Phone Extension:   
Fax For Application:   No
Street Address:   
Board of Registration of Chiropractors
Bureau of Health Professions Licensure
Street Address Cont:   250 Washington Street, 3rd Floor
City:   Boston
State:   MA
Zipcode:   02108
Time Zone:   Eastern

Application Info

Required Licenses:   Chiropractor & Chiropractic Facility
Application Deadline:   1 month prior to exam date
Application Fee:   $367
Application Notes:   
Term:   Annual
Term Notes:   April 1st to March 31st ;
Facility November 1st to October 31st.
Jurisprudence Exam Dates:   Daily M-F
Exam Fee:   
Exam Fee Notes:   Included in application fee
Initial License Fee:   
Initial License Fee Notes:   Included in application fee.
Contact P.C.S. at 877-887-9727, for licensing-related forms and questions.
License Renewal Fee:   $135 ($57 late fee)
Criminal Background Check:   Yes
Criminal Background Check Notes:   
Fingerprinting:   No
Fingerprinting Notes:   

Education Info

Minimum Years Pre Professional Education:   2
Bachelor Degree Required:   No
Accreditation For Chiropractic Programs:   Council on Chiropractic Education-USA
Accreditation Notes:   
Special Requirements For Graduates Of Foreign Colleges:   All transcripts must be transcribed into the English language. Contact board for specific information.

Student Practice Info

May Sit for Board Exam Prior To Graduation:   No
Supervised Practice:   None
Supervised Practice Required:   No
Supervised Practice Notes:   

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:   Required
NBCE Spec:   Required
SPEC Notes:   Used under certain circumstances and clinical concerns

Certifications Info

Optional Certifications:
Acupuncture licensed through MA Board of Medicine
Physiotherapy Termed:   "Supportive Procedures & Therapies"
Physiotherapy Certification:   Included in Chiropractic License
Physiotherapy Education:   No specific requirements
Physiotherapy Exam:   None
Physiotherapy Fee:   
Board Regulates Specialty Council Certification:   No

License Portability Info

Condition For Reciprocity Endorsement:   Reciprocity only, no endorsement in MA
Application Fee: $502
Conditions: State exam equivalent to MA state exam at time of licensure, letter from State agency confirming reciprocity for MA licensees to that State.
MA jurisprudence exam
Contact P.C.S. at 877-887-9727 for application forms.
Board Permits And Authorizes Travel To Treat:   No
Board Permits And Authorizes Telemedicine Practices:   Yes

Additional Info

Licensees Required To Carry Malpractice Insurance:   Yes
Malpractice Notes:   Yes, with (1) Licensed Facility; or (2) Solo Practice LLP or LLC
Peer Review:   Yes
Legally Accepted Terms for Chiropractor:   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:   12
Distance Hours Allowed Per Year:   12
Required Subjects:   Clinical proficiency, chiropractic philosophy and ethics, jurisprudence, or courses dealing with the human biological sciences as transferable to the University of Massachusetts. Excludes administrative or economic aspects of practice. See board regulations, 233 CMR 3.00 for details.
Additional Requirements And Information For CE:   Sponsored by US Dept of Education accredited college, university, agency, or a recognized national or state chiropractic society
Additional CE Information:   Advanced diagnostic testing, MUA (if used)
Additional Accepts PACE:   Accepts PACE

Regulatory Board Members

Sunit Jolly, D.C.
Joseph Grosso, D.C.
Vice Chair
Jaclyn Debs, D.C.
Kathleen O'Malley, D.C.
Board Member
Abbey Denaro, D.C.
Board Member
Mary Connors, D.C.
Board Member
Barbara Bush
Public Member

Statistical Info

Current As Of Date:   2023
Active Licenses:   1,629
Inactive Licenses:   
New Licenses:   
Resident Licenses:   
Retired Licenses:   
Other Status Licenses:   
Chiropractic Assistants:   
Statistical Notes:   Current as of 7-12-2023