PENNSYLVANIA STATE BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC

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PENNSYLVANIA STATE BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC

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.

Scope

(Contact State for precise definition by state law)
A branch of the healing arts dealing with the relationship between the articulations of the vertebral column, as well as other articulations, and the neuro-musculoskeletal system and the role of these relationships in the restoration and maintenance of health. The term shall include systems of locating misaligned or displaced vertebrae of the human spine and other articulations; the examination preparatory to the adjustment or manipulation of such misaligned or displaced vertebrae and other articulations; the adjustment or manipulation of such misaligned or displaced vertebrae and other articulations; the furnishing of necessary patient care for the restoration and maintenance of health; and the use of Board approved scientific instruments of analysis, including X-ray. The term shall also include diagnosis, provided that such diagnosis is necessary to determine the nature and appropriateness of chiropractic treatment; the use of adjunctive procedures in treating misaligned or dislocated vertebrae or articulations and related conditions of the nervous system, provided that after January 1, 1988, the licensee must be certified in accordance with this Act to use adjunctive procedures; and nutritional counseling, provided that nothing herein shall be construed to require licensure as a chiropractor in order to engage in nutritional counseling. The term does not include the practice of obstetrics or gynecology, the reduction of fractures or major dislocations, or the use of drugs or surgery.

Board Notes

Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.
Note: Please send all correspondence through the board office.

Contact Info

Board Administrator:   Sarah McNeill | Executive Director
Legal Advisor:   Nicole VanOrder | Board Counsel
Support Staff:   Michelle Lee | Continuing Education Auditor
Additional Support Staff:   
Website:   https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Chiropractic/Pages/default.aspx
Email Address:   st-chriopractic@pa.gov
Phone:   (717) 783-7155
Phone Extension:   
Fax:   (717) 787-7769
Fax For Application:   No
Street Address:   2601 North 3rd Street - zip 17110
Street Address Cont:   P.O. Box 2649
City:   Harrisburg
State:   PA
Zipcode:   17105-2649
Time Zone:   Eastern

Application Info

Required Licenses:   Chiropractic
Application Deadline:   
Application Fee:   $25.00
Application Notes:   
Term:   Biennial
Term Notes:   September 1 of even-numbered years
Jurisprudence Exam Dates:   
Exam Fee:   
Exam Fee Notes:   
Initial License Fee:   
Initial License Fee Notes:   
License Renewal Fee:   $210
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:   Chiropractic college must be accredited by a chiropractic accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation.
Accreditation Notes:   
Special Requirements For Graduates Of Foreign Colleges:   Must be graduate of an approved college of chiropractic. Contact board for specific information.

Student Practice Info

May Sit for Board Exam Prior To Graduation:   No
Supervised Practice:   Preceptor
Supervised Practice Required:   No
Supervised Practice Notes:   

Examinations Info

Exams Administered By State:
None
NBCE Part 1:   Required
NBCE Part 2:   Required
NBCE Part 3:   Required
NBCE Part 4:   Required
NBCE Physiotheraphy:   Accepted
NBCE Acupuncture:   Not Accepted
NBCE Spec:   Accepted
SPEC Notes:   May use only for reinstatement of lapsed license

Certifications Info

Optional Certifications:
Adjunctive procedures

**Physiotherapy certification required to use adjunctive procedures.
Physiotherapy Termed:   Adjunctive Procedures
Physiotherapy Certification:   Optional Endorsement
Physiotherapy Education:   Either NBCE PHT exam or 100 or more hours in adjunctive procedures
Physiotherapy Exam:   NBCE Physiotherapy Exam or Equivalent State Exam
Physiotherapy Fee:   $25
Board Regulates Specialty Council Certification:   No

License Portability Info

Condition For Reciprocity Endorsement:   Per Pennsylvania and effective 8/23/2013, see Chapter 5.13 at the following link for specific information: www.pacode.com/secure/data/049/chapter5/chap5toc.html
Board Permits And Authorizes Travel To Treat:   No
Board Permits And Authorizes Telemedicine Practices:   No

Additional Info

Licensees Required To Carry Malpractice Insurance:   Yes
Malpractice Notes:   Minimum of $100,000 per occurrence and $300,000 per annual aggregate
Peer Review:   No
Legally Accepted Terms for Chiropractor:   
Chiropractors Defined As Primary Care Physicians:   No

Chiropractic Therapy Assistants Info

Regulated:   No

Continuing Education Info

Required Hours Per Year:   12
Distance Hours Allowed Per Year:   12
Required Subjects:   Child abuse training
Additional Requirements And Information For CE:   Board approves both sponsor and program. Conducted by approved college or by individual or chiropractic association or organization. Specific list of acceptable areas available from the board office.
Additional CE Information:   
Additional Accepts PACE:   Does not accept PACE

Regulatory Board Board Members

Joseph G. Halloran, D.C.
Chair
5/2025
John E. McCarrin, D.C.
Secretary-Treasurer
3/2022
William Aukerman, D.C.
Board Member
5/2025
Michael Swank, D.C.
Board Member
5/2025

Statistical Info

Current As Of Date:   0
Active Licenses:   3,987
Inactive Licenses:   2,853
New Licenses:   Issued in 2021:
116 Chiropractor, 83 Adjunctive procedures
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Chiropractic Assistants:   
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