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District 4
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)
A Doctor of Chiropractic is a portal of entry health care provider who engages in the practice of health care which includes:
1. The practice of health care which deals with the diagnosis and correction of subluxations, functional vertebral or articular dysarthrosis or neuromuscular skeletal disorders for the restoration and maintenance of health.
2. The use of physical and clinical examinations, diagnostic X-rays and clinical laboratory procedures that are limited to urine collection, finger pricks, or venipuncture in order to determine the propriety of a regimen of chiropractic care or to form a basis for referral of patients to other licensed health care professionals, or both.
3. Treatment by adjustment of the spine or bodily articulations, including physical medicine modalities and therapeutic procedures; procedures related to the correction of subluxations and neuromuscular skeletal disorders; prescription of orthopedic supports; acupuncture.

Board Notes

Note: Please send all board member correspondence through the board office

Contact Info

Board Administrator:    Dr. B. Michael Nayeri, FABMP, FABFM | Executive Director
Legal Advisor:   Attorney General's Office |
Support Staff:   Alissa Vander Veen | Deputy Director
Additional Support Staff:   
Email Address:
Phone:    (602) 864-5088
Phone Extension:   
Fax For Application:   No
Street Address:   1740 West Adams Street, Ste 2430
Street Address Cont:   
City:   Phoenix
State:   Arizona
Zipcode:   85007
Time Zone:   Mountain / Pacific (Arizona Time)

Application Info

Required Licenses:   Chiropractic
Application Deadline:    Must be received one month prior to sitting exam (confirm with board) "must be received by" includes application, fees, and all supporting documentation
Application Fee:   $250
Application Notes:   
Term:   Annual
Term Notes:   Renew prior to January 1
Jurisprudence Exam Dates:   The Arizona jurisprudence exam is administered online.
Exam Fee:   
Exam Fee Notes:   
Initial License Fee:   $100
Initial License Fee Notes:   
License Renewal Fee:   $185
Criminal Background Check:   Yes
Criminal Background Check Notes:   
Fingerprinting:   Yes
Fingerprinting Notes:   $22 fingerprint fee

Education Info

Minimum Years Pre Professional Education:   0
Bachelor Degree Required:   No
Accreditation For Chiropractic Programs:   Accredited by or has status with CCE or is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the USDE or the council on post-secondary accreditation.
Accreditation Notes:   Subjects Examined: Anatomy, physiology, pathology, bacteriology, symptomatology, diagnosis including physical, clinical, X-ray and laboratory subjects, chiropractic orthopedics, principles of chiropractic and adjusting, neurology, chemistry including biochemistry and nutrition, public health and hygiene, and chiropractic spinal analysis, ethics and Arizona jurisprudence for chiropractors, as taught by accredited chiropractic schools and colleges.
Special Requirements For Graduates Of Foreign Colleges:   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:   Preceptor/Intern/Extern Program: Students may practice under supervision of licensed D.C. with Board approval only (see extensive AZ rules). No temporary certificate exists for graduated D.C.s to practice under licensed doctor.

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:   Not Accepted
NBCE Spec:   Required
SPEC Notes:   Physiotherapy: Required for physiotherapy certification
Acupuncture: Required for acupuncture certification
Reciprocity/Endorsement: May use now
Disciplinary Cases: May use now
Impairment Review: May use now

Certifications Info

Optional Certifications:
Physiotherapy requires 120 hours additional education, passing score on NBCE exam, $100 application fee + $100 certification fee.
Acupuncture requires 100 hours additional education, passing score on NBCE’s Acupuncture exam, $100 application fee + $100 certification fee.
Physiotherapy Termed:   Physical Medicine Modalities and Therapeutic Procedures
Physiotherapy Certification:   Included in Chiropractic License
Physiotherapy Education:   120 course hours
Physiotherapy Exam:   NBCE Physiotherapy Exam or Equivalent State Exam
Physiotherapy Fee:   $100 app. fee, $100 original certificate fee
Board Regulates Specialty Council Certification:   No

License Portability Info

Condition For Reciprocity Endorsement:   
-Must have active license
- NBCE Parts I & II
- Fingerprinting and report
- No disciplinary history;
- Active license 5 out of the last 7 years
- Arizona jurisprudence exam.
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:   
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:   12 hours required per year
Distance Hours Allowed Per Year:   12 50-minute hours
Required Subjects:   
Requires sexual boundaries training: No
Requires AIDS awareness/risk prevention training: No
Other specific CE training required: Record Keeping 2 hours every other year
Additional Requirements And Information For CE:   Program Criteria: Courses provided by a college or university
Additional CE Information:   
Additional Accepts PACE:   Accepts PACE

Regulatory Board Board Members

Richard Guarino, D.C.
Steven Knauf, D.C.
Board Member
Wayne Bennett, D.C.
Vice President
Angela Powell
Public Member
Mitchell Turbenson
Public Member

Statistical Info

Current As Of Date:   2022
Active Licenses:   1,312
Inactive Licenses:   48
New Licenses:   101
Resident Licenses:   2,000
Retired Licenses:   86
Other Status Licenses:   315
Chiropractic Assistants:   n/a
Statistical Notes:   Current as of 1/6/2022