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District 5
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)
(1) Limitation of Practice. Committing any act outside the limitation of practice in this State defined as follows: Persons licensed by the Board shall be limited in their practice to the care a performance of therapeutic or hygienic treatment of patients, the performance of such procedures as are normally followed in giving chiropractic physical examinations, the x-ray of patient and such other procedures as are generally used in the practice of chiropractic. Such other procedures as are generally used in the practice of chiropractic shall be limited, however, to the use of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, the adjustment and manipulation of articulations and treatment of inter-segmental disorders for alleviation of related neurological, muscular, and osseous joint complex aberrations. Patient care shall be conducted with due regard for environmental, hygiene, sanitation, rehabilitation, and physiological therapeutic procedures designed to assist in the restoration and maintenance of neurological and osseous integrity. None of these diagnostic or therapeutic procedures shall include the use of drugs, surgery, cauterization, desiccation, or coagulation of tissues, rectal examinations, gynecological examinations, obstetrics, catherization with a needle, injection of dyes for radiological procedures, lumbar puncture to obtain spinal fluid, treatment of cancer or x-ray therapy.

Board Notes

Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.

Contact Info

Board Administrator:    Mack Williams | Administrator
Legal Advisor:   Hardwick Stuart | Board Attorney
Support Staff:   Jonathan Owens | Board Assistant
Additional Support Staff:   
Email Address:
Phone:   (803) 896-4587
Phone Extension:   
Fax:   (803) 896-4719
Fax For Application:   No
Street Address:   110 Centerview Drive (Zip 29210)
Street Address Cont:   P.O. Box 11329
City:   Columbia
State:   SC
Zipcode:   29211-1329
Time Zone:   Eastern

Application Info

Required Licenses:   Chiropractic
Application Deadline:   one year
Application Fee:   $300
Application Notes:   
Term:   Biennial
Term Notes:   Renew by September 30th of even numbered years
Jurisprudence Exam Dates:   Initial Application
Exam Fee:   N/A
Exam Fee Notes:   N/A
Initial License Fee:   $300
Initial License Fee Notes:   N/A
License Renewal Fee:   $360.
Criminal Background Check:   No
Criminal Background Check Notes:   
Fingerprinting:   No
Fingerprinting Notes:   

Education Info

Minimum Years Pre Professional Education:   60
Bachelor Degree Required:   No
Accreditation For Chiropractic Programs:    Accredited by, or has recognized candidate status, or reciprocal agreement with the Council on Chiropractic Education.
Accreditation Notes:   
Special Requirements For Graduates Of Foreign Colleges:   Contact Board for specific information

Student Practice Info

May Sit for Board Exam Prior To Graduation:   Yes
Supervised Practice:   None
Supervised Practice Required:   No
Supervised Practice Notes:   No temporary license for graduated D.C. to practice under licensed D.C.

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:   Accepted
NBCE Acupuncture:   Accepted
NBCE Spec:   Accepted
SPEC Notes:   SPEC: (at discretion of board) Reciprocity/Endorsement: at discretion of board Disciplinary Cases: at discretion of board Impairment Review: at discretion of board

Certifications Info

Optional Certifications:
Physiotherapy Termed:    Therapeutic Modalities
Physiotherapy Certification:   Optional Endorsement
Physiotherapy Education:   
Physiotherapy Exam:   NBCE Physiotherapy Exam or Equivalent State Exam
Physiotherapy Fee:   
Board Regulates Specialty Council Certification:   No

License Portability Info

Condition For Reciprocity Endorsement:    Requirements are listed on website at
Board Permits And Authorizes Travel To Treat:   No
Board Permits And Authorizes Telemedicine Practices:   No

Additional Info

Licensees Required To Carry Malpractice Insurance:   No
Malpractice Notes:   Not in practice act.
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:   No

Continuing Education Info

Required Hours Per Year:   18 per year (36 every two)
Distance Hours Allowed Per Year:   18
Required Subjects:   Must include 2 hours in South Carolina rules & regulations and 2 hours of risk management. Requires risk management to include boundaries training: Yes Requires South Carolina rules & regulations training: Yes
Additional Requirements And Information For CE:   Accepts uniform continuing education form: Yes, additional requirement for attendance certificate
Additional CE Information:   
Additional Accepts PACE:   Accepts PACE

Regulatory Board Members

Beth Ehlich, D.C.
Board Member
Michael Coon, D.C.
Patricia Garcia, D.C.
Board Member
Gene Garris, D.C.
Board Member
Tammy Lynne Costello Hales, D.C.
Board Member
Douglas Hughes, D.C.
Board Member
Antony Kyles, D.C.
Vice President
Mark Thayer, D.C.
Board Member
Martia lea Creighton Thigpen, D.C.
Board Member

Statistical Info

Current As Of Date:   2023
Active Licenses:   1,754
Inactive Licenses:   72
New Licenses:   
Resident Licenses:   
Retired Licenses:   
Other Status Licenses:   
Chiropractic Assistants:   
Statistical Notes:   Current as of 2-28-2023