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District 5
License Date:   N/A
FCLB Member:   Yes
Website:   https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/health-professional-boards/chiro-board.html
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 Board rules for detailed explanation as defined by state law)
The practice and procedures shall include procedures or palpation, examination of the spine and chiropractic clinical findings accepted by the Tennessee Board of Chiropractic Examiners as a basis for the adjustment of the spinal column and adjacent tissues for the correction of nerve interference and articular dysfunction. Patient care shall be conducted with due regard for nutrition, environment, hygiene, sanitation and rehabilitation designed to assist in the restoration and maintenance of neurological integrity and homeostatic balance.

Board Notes

Contact Info

Board Administrator:   Noranda French | Unit Director
Legal Advisor:   Mark Cole | Board Attorney
Support Staff:   Sabrina Craig Boyd |
Additional Support Staff:   
Website:   https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/health-professional-boards/chiro-board.html
Email Address:   noranda.m.french@tn.gov ; unit2hrb.health@tn.gov
Phone:   (615) 770-3803
Phone Extension:   
Fax:   (615) 253-8724
Fax For Application:   No
Street Address:   Tennessee Department of Health Division of Health Related Boards
Street Address Cont:   665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor
City:   Nashville
State:   TN
Zipcode:   37243
Time Zone:   Central

Application Info

Required Licenses:    Chiropractic
Application Deadline:   n/a
Application Fee:   $360 plus state regulatory fee
Application Notes:   
Term:   Biennial
Term Notes:   
Jurisprudence Exam Dates:   Exam Interviews
Exam Fee:   
Exam Fee Notes:   
Initial License Fee:   
Initial License Fee Notes:   
License Renewal Fee:   $260 Plus state regulatory fee
Criminal Background Check:   Yes
Criminal Background Check Notes:   
Fingerprinting:   Yes
Fingerprinting Notes:   

Education Info

Minimum Years Pre Professional Education:   0
Bachelor Degree Required:   Yes
Accreditation For Chiropractic Programs:   Council on Chiropractic Education;Fully Accredited
Accreditation Notes:   
Special Requirements For Graduates Of Foreign Colleges:   Similar education, and information for application translated into English. 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 or graduated (not yet licensed) D.C.s may practice (only in the physical presence of) under licensed D.C. Require supervised practice prior to full licensure: Cannot practice without a temp and supervisor or full license.

Examinations Info

Exams Administered By State:
Meeting with board / Oral interview with a board member
NBCE Part 1:   Required
NBCE Part 2:   Required
NBCE Part 3:   Required
NBCE Part 4:   Required
NBCE Physiotheraphy:   Required
NBCE Acupuncture:   Required
NBCE Spec:   Required
SPEC Notes:    Acupuncture: In order to offer acupuncture as a service in practice, must have NBCE acupuncture exam and complete 250 hours from an acupuncture course accredited by an agency or entity approved by the Board. SPEC: Reciprocity/Endorsement: Required Reinstatement Lapsed License: Verified Disciplinary Cases: Verified Impairment Review: Verified

Certifications Info

Optional Certifications:
Physiotherapy Termed:   Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy Certification:   Included in Chiropractic License
Physiotherapy Education:   As per college requirements
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:   Per board rules, all applicants are required to take the SPEC if that have not has Parts I-IV & PT of NBCE.
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:   Yes

Continuing Education Info

Required Hours Per Year:   24
Distance Hours Allowed Per Year:   6 maximum
Required Subjects:   Requires sexual boundaries training: New Licensee 3 hours Requires AIDS awareness/risk prevention training: New Licensee 3 hours Other specific CE training required: Tennessee statutory and chiropractic regulatory Jurisprudence
Additional Requirements And Information For CE:   The Board accepts for license renewal continuing education courses approved by statute (International Chiropractic Association, American Chiropractic Association and the Tennessee Chiropractic Association), and courses provided by the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Board's PACE (Providers of Approved Continuing Education) programs that are consistent with Rule 0260-02-.12. However, no courses approved by FCLB PACE on the topics of philosophy or practice-building are approved.
Additional CE Information:   
Additional Accepts PACE:   Accepts PACE

Regulatory Board Members

Cole James Hosenfeld, D.C.
Curtis E. Damier, D.C.
Vice President
Jason B. Hulme, D.C.
Joseph Frank Amato, D.C.
Board Member
Dale W. Blackwelder, D.C.
Board Member

Statistical Info

Current As Of Date:   5
Active Licenses:   1,195
Inactive Licenses:   
New Licenses:   
Resident Licenses:   
Retired Licenses:   
Other Status Licenses:   
Chiropractic Assistants:   531
Statistical Notes: