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District 1
License Date:   N/A
FCLB Member:   Yes
Website:   https://www.oregon.gov/OBCE/Pages/index.aspx
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" is defined as that system of adjusting with the hands the articulations of the bony framework, and the employment and practice of physiotherapy, electrotherapy, hydrotherapy and minor surgery. Includes, chiropractic diagnosis, treatment and prevention of body dysfunctions, correction, maintenance of the structural and functional integrity of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects thereof or interferences therewith by the utilization of all recognized and accepted chiropractic diagnostic procedures and the employment of all rational therapeutic measures as taught in approved chiropractic colleges. "Drugs" means all medicines and preparations and all substances, except over-the-counter nonprescription substances, food, water and nutritional supplements taken orally, used or intended to be used for the diagnosis, cure, treatment, mitigation or prevention of diseases or abnormalities of humans, which are recognized in the latest editions of the official United State Pharmacopoeia, official Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia, official National Formulary, or any supplement to any of them or otherwise established as drugs. No person practicing under this Chapter shall administer or write prescriptions for, or dispense drugs, practice optometry or naturopathy or do major surgery. "Minor surgery" means the use of electrical or other methods for the surgical repair and care incident thereto of superficial lacerations and abrasions, benign superficial lesions, and the removal of foreign bodies located in the superficial structures; and the use of antiseptics and local anesthetics in connection therewith.

Board Notes

Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.

Contact Info

Board Administrator:   Cassandra (Cass) McLeod-Skinner | Executive Director
Legal Advisor:   Lori Lindley | Board Attorney
Support Staff:   Miriam Lara | Administrative Assistant Specialist II, DC License Renewals and CE
Additional Support Staff:   Heather Gilker Office Specialist II, DC Application Program,
Website:   https://www.oregon.gov/OBCE/Pages/index.aspx
Email Address:    info@obce.oregon.gov
Phone:   (503) 378-5816
Phone Extension:   
Fax:   (503) 362-1260
Fax For Application:   No
Street Address:   530 Center Street, NE
Street Address Cont:   Suite 620
City:   Salem
State:   OR
Zipcode:   97301
Time Zone:   Pacific

Application Info

Required Licenses:   Chiropractic
Application Deadline:   Application expires after 13 months, if licensure is not completed within that time
Application Fee:   $146.25
Application Notes:   ($100 for the Application, $46.25 for the background check)
Term:   Annual
Term Notes:   at birth month
Jurisprudence Exam Dates:   The exams are online and at distant testing sites through the NBCE; candidates may take exams once approved by the OBCE (no more deadlines or exam dates)
Exam Fee:   $75 each exam
Exam Fee Notes:    Retake Fee: $ 75 (for each retake of the exam or part)
Initial License Fee:   $150
Initial License Fee Notes:    In accordance with OAR 811-010-0085, applicants who have completed all requirements for licensure, including passage of all required examinations, must submit the initial license fee to obtain their license within one year from the date they completed all requirements or at the next license renewal, whichever is greater.
License Renewal Fee:    Active: $425; Inactive: $225; Senior Active: $315 (60 years or older, 25+ years in practice)
Criminal Background Check:   Yes
Criminal Background Check Notes:   Required every six (6) years
Fingerprinting:   Yes
Fingerprinting Notes:   

Education Info

Minimum Years Pre Professional Education:   2
Bachelor Degree Required:   No
Accreditation For Chiropractic Programs:    Council on Chiropractic Education standards used on which to base Board approval of individual schools. Subjects Examined: Basic sciences, including anatomy, physiology, chemistry, pathology, public health and hygiene. Also clinical subjects including physical diagnosis, differential diagnosis, laboratory diagnosis, theory and practice of chiropractic, nutrition and dietetics, physiotherapy, electrotherapy and hydrotherapy, chiropractic orthopedics.
Accreditation Notes:   
Special Requirements For Graduates Of Foreign Colleges:   Must meet Oregon statutory requirements for educational standards. The Board may, at it’s discretion, request foreign transcripts be evaluated by an educational evaluation service. Should the board require evaluation of foreign transcripts, the candidate will be responsible to contact an approved educational evaluation service. Foreign transcripts not official, will be returned to the candidate

Student Practice Info

May Sit for Board Exam Prior To Graduation:   Yes
Supervised Practice:   Intern
Supervised Practice Required:   No
Supervised Practice Notes:   Senior interns at a chiropractic college, upon the written request of the college's clinic administrator to the Board, and the written approval of the Board, may obtain clinic instruction hours at a licensee's office while under the immediate on-site supervision of a licensed Chiropractic Physician. Interns shall wear name badges identifying them as senior interns and shall not use the title "Doctor."

Examinations Info

Exams Administered By State:
State or provincial laws and rules / Jurisprudence,
Minor surgery, proctology, ethics, jurisprudence, public health, obstetrics, gynecology, and genitourinary
NBCE Part 1:   Required
NBCE Part 2:   Required
NBCE Part 3:   Required
NBCE Part 4:   Required
NBCE Physiotheraphy:   Required
NBCE Acupuncture:   Not Accepted
NBCE Spec:   Required
SPEC Notes:   Reciprocity/Endorsement: May use now *
Reinstatement Lapsed License: May use now *
Disciplinary Cases: May use now *
Impairment Review: Not planning to use
* The SPEC exam is accepted on an individual basis to be determined by the board.

Certifications Info

Optional Certifications:
Minor surgery/proctology; natural childbirth
Physiotherapy Termed:   Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy Certification:   Included in Chiropractic License
Physiotherapy Education:   Must have 120 hours
Physiotherapy Exam:   NBCE Physiotherapy Exam or Equivalent State Exam
Physiotherapy Fee:   None
Board Regulates Specialty Council Certification:   No

License Portability Info

Condition For Reciprocity Endorsement:    Contact board.

Board permits or authorizes travel-to-treat requirements: Oregon statute states: “...if that person: (1) is practicing in Oregon on a single, temporary assignment for a specific sporting, performing arts or educational event not to exceed 15 days; and (2) is actively engaged in the practice of chiropractic in the state in which the person is licensed.” ORS 684.107
Board Permits And Authorizes Travel To Treat:   No
Board Permits And Authorizes Telemedicine Practices:   Yes

Additional Info

Licensees Required To Carry Malpractice Insurance:   No
Malpractice Notes:   
Peer Review:   Yes
Legally Accepted Terms for Chiropractor:    (in addition to Doctor of Chiropractic, D.C., Chiropractor, Chiropractic Doctor): Chiropractic Physician
Chiropractors Defined As Primary Care Physicians:   Yes

Chiropractic Therapy Assistants Info

Regulated:   Yes

Continuing Education Info

Required Hours Per Year:   
8 hours for initial license year
20 hours per year for regular active licensees
6 hours per year for Senior Active
Distance Hours Allowed Per Year:   No limit
Required Subjects:   All first year licensees must complete 4 hours in over-the-counter non-prescriptive substances; 2 hours related to Evidence-Based Medicine, and any specific courses required by the Board.
Second year licensees must submit 7 hours in pain management education (6 accredited hours in pain management, palliative care, and end of life care or a combination of both, and 1 hour of pain management module through the Pain Management Commission) and any specific courses required by the Board (See the Board’s website for current year’s requirement, if any);
Cultural Competency and Suicide Intervention training required yearly for all licensees.
Maintenance of Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers or its equivalent as determined by the Board required for active licensees (excludes 1st year licensees)
Additional Requirements And Information For CE:   
Requires sexual boundaries training: No
Requires AIDS awareness/risk prevention training: No
Other specific CE training required: “The Board may require specific courses as part of a chiropractic physician’s annual relicensure hours.” OAR 811-015-0025
Additional CE Information:   
Additional Accepts PACE:   Accepts PACE

Regulatory Board Members

Michelle Waggoner, D.C.
Seth Alley, D.C.
Vice President
Karen Baranick, D.C.
Glenn Taylor
Public Member
Lori Schmidt, J.D.
Public Member
Scott Fuller D.C.
Board Member

Statistical Info

Current As Of Date:   2023
Active Licenses:   1,731
Inactive Licenses:   217
New Licenses:   88 within the last 12 months
Resident Licenses:   1,501
Retired Licenses:   5
Other Status Licenses:   
Chiropractic Assistants:   1,273
Statistical Notes:   Current as of 3/1/2023