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District 4
License Date:   N/A
FCLB Member:   Yes
Website:   http://www.tbce.texas.gov
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)
Any person shall be regarded as practicing chiropractic within the meaning of this Act who shall employ objective or subjective means without the use of prescription of controlled substances, dangerous drugs, or any other drug that requires a prescription, the use of X-ray therapy or therapy that exposes the body to radioactive materials, to analyze, examine or evaluate the biomechanical condition of the spine and musculoskeletal system of the human body; performs non-surgical, non-incisive procedures, including adjustment and manipulation, to improve the subluxation complex or the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system; or represents to the public that the person is a chiropractor; or uses the term "chiropractor," "chiropractic," "doctor of chiropractic," "D.C.," or any derivative of those terms or initials in connection with the person's name.

Board Notes

Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.

Contact Info

Board Administrator:    Patrick Fortner | Executive Director
Legal Advisor:   Christopher Burnett | General Counsel
Support Staff:   Sarah Matthews | Director of Licensing
Additional Support Staff:   
Website:   http://www.tbce.texas.gov
Email Address:   tbce@tbce.texas.gov
Phone:   (512) 305-6700
Phone Extension:   
Fax:   (512) 305-6705
Fax For Application:   No
Street Address:   1801 Congress Avenue Suite 10-500
Street Address Cont:   
City:   Austin
State:   TX
Zipcode:   78701
Time Zone:   Central

Application Info

Required Licenses:   Chiropractic
Application Deadline:   30 days prior to exam date
Application Fee:    $150
Application Notes:   Exam / Application fee
Term:   Biennial
Term Notes:   Biannually; First day of birth month
Jurisprudence Exam Dates:   Jurisprudence - E-strategy (Online)
Exam Fee:   $200
Exam Fee Notes:   Application / Exam fee
Initial License Fee:   Pro-rated, $10-$120
Initial License Fee Notes:   
License Renewal Fee:   $300
Criminal Background Check:   Yes
Criminal Background Check Notes:   
Fingerprinting:   Yes
Fingerprinting Notes:   

Education Info

Minimum Years Pre Professional Education:   90
Bachelor Degree Required:   No
Accreditation For Chiropractic Programs:   Council on Chiropractic Education ─ Fully accredited; SCASA Schools are currently not approved by the Board.
Accreditation Notes:   
Special Requirements For Graduates Of Foreign Colleges:   Undergraduate transcript must be approved by the University of Texas at Austin. The Board recognizes graduates of chiropractic programs that are accredited by any member of CCE-International. Contact board for specific information.

Student Practice Info

May Sit for Board Exam Prior To Graduation:   No
Supervised Practice:   Preceptor
Supervised Practice Required:   Yes
Supervised Practice Notes:   Students who have graduated through an accredited CCE accredited chiropractic college within the last 12 months may work under the supervision of a Texas licensed D.C. under delegation of authority rule #78.4

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:   Accepted
NBCE Spec:   Accepted
SPEC Notes:    Reciprocity/Endorsement: Can use, see Rule §72.20(a)(2) Reinstatement Lapsed License: Not planning to use Disciplinary Cases: Can use now Impairment Review: Can use now Note: NBCE transcripts must be on file 30 days before applicant can sit for Texas boards. Applicant can use SPEC in lieu of Parts of the National Boards not offered at time he/she was licensed for reciprocity only.

Certifications Info

Optional Certifications:
Physiotherapy Termed:   Physiological Therapeutics
Physiotherapy Certification:   Included in Chiropractic License
Physiotherapy Education:   No specific 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:    The state of Texas does not honor reciprocity at this time. The applicant must: ( a ) have successfully completed Parts I, II, III, IV and Physiotherapy of the National Boards, ( b ) have completed and passed with a “C” or above, 90 hours after 9/1/2005 or 60 hours prior to 9/1/2005 of undergraduate education other than chiropractic college, ( c ) have graduated from a CCE accredited chiropractic college, and ( d ) have been licensed for a period of three (3) years or more in another state without disciplinary actions that meet the criteria of § 72.20 (a)(1). Applicants who meet the criteria above should submit the new license application to the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners following the instructions on the application.
Board Permits And Authorizes Travel To Treat:   Yes
Board Permits And Authorizes Telemedicine Practices:   No

Additional Info

Licensees Required To Carry Malpractice Insurance:   No
Malpractice Notes:   
Peer Review:   Yes
Legally Accepted Terms for Chiropractor:   (in addition to Doctor of Chiropractic, D.C., Chiropractor, Chiropractic Doctor): Terms listed above
Chiropractors Defined As Primary Care Physicians:   No

Chiropractic Therapy Assistants Info

Regulated:   No

Continuing Education Info

Required Hours Per Year:   16 hours each year
Distance Hours Allowed Per Year:   No more than 10 hours of 16 total CE hours required per year.
Required Subjects:   4 hours of CE that must consist of 1 hour in risk management; and 3 hours covering Board rules (including ethics, recordkeeping, documentation and coding), plus a one-time 8-hour course on Medicare. Requires sexual boundaries training: Not required Requires AIDS awareness/risk prevention training: Not required
Additional Requirements And Information For CE:   Program Criteria: Board approves all sponsors and courses. Courses are sponsored by state or national chiropractic associations and CCE approved colleges. Contact Board for details and application.
Additional CE Information:   Since 2019, the Texas Legislature has required all healthcare-related licensees to complete a Human Trafficking course approved by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission through Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 116. It is a separate requirement for renewal and not part of the Board-required continuing education hours.
Additional Accepts PACE:   Accepts PACE Precheck

Regulatory Board Members

Mark Bronson, D.C.
Nicholas Baucum, D.C.
Board Member
Michael Henry, D.C.
Vice President
Mindy Neal, D.C.
Board Member
Scott Wofford, D.C.
Matthew Mix, D.C.
Board Member
Brandon Allen
Public Member
Josh Hollub
Public Member
Sarah Abraham
Public Member

Statistical Info

Current As Of Date:   2023
Active Licenses:   7,061
Inactive Licenses:   598
New Licenses:   445
Resident Licenses:   6,768 (Active, CE Conditional, Probation)
Retired Licenses:   250
Other Status Licenses:   
Chiropractic Assistants:   
Statistical Notes:   Probation Licenses: 13
Expired Licenses: 115
CE Conditional Licenses: 28
Non-Renewable Licenses: 3,533
Deceased Licenses: 535
Revoked Licenses: 61
Surrendered Licenses: 24

New Licenses total= FY 2023 (9/1/2022-8/31/2023)