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District 1
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 is the science of locating and removing the cause of any abnormal transmission of nerve energy including diagnostic and applied mechanical measures incident thereto. Integral to chiropractic is the treating of specific joints and articulations of the body and adjacent tissues, to influence joints or neurophysiological functions of the body, or both, including the use of examination and treatment by manipulation, adjustment, and mobilization of a joint. No chiropractor may practice obstetrics or treat communicable diseases. The requirements of this section do not apply to those licensed pursuant to chapter 36-4.

Board Notes

Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.

Contact Info

Board Administrator:   Marcia Walter | Executive Director
Legal Advisor:   Vacant | Board Attorney
Support Staff:    |
Additional Support Staff:   
Email Address:
Phone:   (605) 668-9017
Phone Extension:   
Fax:   (605) 668-9017
Fax For Application:   No
Street Address:   407 Belmont Avenue
Street Address Cont:   
City:   Yankton
State:   SD
Zipcode:   57078
Time Zone:   Central

Application Info

Required Licenses:   Chiropractic
Application Deadline:   n/a
Application Fee:   $100
Application Notes:   (no matriculation at December meeting)
Term:   Annual
Term Notes:   Renew by December 31st
Jurisprudence Exam Dates:   
Exam Fee:   
Exam Fee Notes:   
Initial License Fee:   $200 Active, $50 Inactive
Initial License Fee Notes:   
License Renewal Fee:   $100 Active; $50 Inactive
Criminal Background Check:   Yes
Criminal Background Check Notes:   
Fingerprinting:   Yes
Fingerprinting Notes:   

Education Info

Minimum Years Pre Professional Education:   2
Bachelor Degree Required:   Yes
Accreditation For Chiropractic Programs:    Council on Chiropractic Education, or the equivalent; Must be fully accredited.
Accreditation Notes:   The minimum requirements for licensure in the state of South Dakota for licensees graduating on or after January 1, 2011 will include a baccalaureate degree in addition to a doctor of chiropractic degree. The Bachelor’s degree may be granted by an accredited undergraduate program or by the chiropractic college or university that can offer a dual degree. Subjects Examined: Physiotherapy, laboratory, roentgen interpretation, manipulation, diet, meridian therapy, anatomy, bacteriology, physiology, chemistry, pathology, histology, gynecology, symptomatology, hygiene, diagnostic X-ray interpretation, principles and practice of chiropractic.
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:   Preceptor
Supervised Practice Required:   No
Supervised Practice Notes:    Preceptor/Intern/Extern Program: Students may practice under Board approved, licensed D.C. No temporary permit for graduated D.C. to practice under licensed D.C.

Examinations Info

Exams Administered By State:
Open Book Exam
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: Can use now Reinstatement Lapsed License: Can use now Disciplinary Cases: Can use now Impairment Review: Can use now Note: If doctor has been in practice several years and does not have Part IV, can take SPEC exam.

Certifications Info

Optional Certifications:
Optional Certification: Acupuncture
Physiotherapy Termed:   Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy Certification:   Included in Chiropractic License
Physiotherapy Education:   Must be obtained in a CCE approved college
Physiotherapy Exam:   NBCE Physiotherapy Exam or Equivalent State Exam
Physiotherapy Fee:   None
Board Regulates Specialty Council Certification:   Yes

License Portability Info

Condition For Reciprocity Endorsement:    (1) Applicant has passed all parts of the National Boards required at the time of graduation; (2) has actively practiced a minimum of five years immediately preceding the submission of the application; (3) has no investigations pending; and (4) has no adverse actions taken by another state board. After review of an applicant’s application and record, if the board has any remaining concerns about the applicant’s clinical competency, the board may require the applicant to take and successfully pass the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) Special Purposes Examination for Chiropractic (SPEC) or the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Part IV Examination. The board shall determine the score for successful passage and shall consider the NBCE recommended score to make that determination.
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:   Board requires a minimum of $100,000 / $300,000
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:   40 hours in a 2 year period
Distance Hours Allowed Per Year:   40 hours in a 2 year period
Required Subjects:   Requires sexual boundaries training: Yes, required in current 2022/2023 education cycle.
Other specific CE training required: All DC's need to maintain current CPR certification; if certified to perform acupuncture, 8 hours of CE are required in 2-year education cycle
Additional Requirements And Information For CE:   Requirements for Optional Licenses or Certification: Meridian Therapy - completion and passing of NBCE Acupuncture Exam
Additional CE Information:   The board shall review the information concerning a continuing education course provided under 20:41:08:04 and may grant or deny approval based on the following: (1) Sponsorship of the course; (2) The qualifications and experience of the instructor; (3) The applicability of the subject matter to the practice of chiropractic as a healing art.
Additional Accepts PACE:   Accepts PACE

Regulatory Board Members

Rick Odland, D.C.
Bill Blickensderfer, D.C.
Vice President
Jay Ortman, D.C.
Jennifer Quail
Public Member
Doreen Vetter, D.C.
Board Member

Statistical Info

Current As Of Date:   2023
Active Licenses:   489
Inactive Licenses:   63
New Licenses:   28
Resident Licenses:   489
Retired Licenses:   
Other Status Licenses:   
Chiropractic Assistants:   243
Statistical Notes:   Current as of 1-11-2023