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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.


Practice of chiropractic" means the adjustment of the 24 movable vertebrae of the spinal column, and assisting nature for the purpose of normalizing the transmission of nerve energy, but does not include the use of surgery, obstetrics, osteopathy, or the administration or prescribing of any drugs, medicines, serums, or vaccines. "Practice of chiropractic" shall include (i) requesting, receiving, and reviewing a patient's medical and physical history, including information related to past surgical and nonsurgical treatment of the patient and controlled substances prescribed to the patient, and (ii) documenting in a patient's record information related to the condition and symptoms of the patient, the examination and evaluation of the patient made by the doctor of chiropractic, and treatment provided to the patient by the doctor of chiropractic. "Practice of chiropractic" shall also include performing the physical examination of an applicant for a commercial driver's license or commercial learner's permit pursuant to ยง 46.2-341.12 if the practitioner has (i) applied for and received certification as a medical examiner pursuant to 49 C.F.R. Part 390, Subpart D and (ii) registered with the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

Board Notes

Please mail any correspondence the board office, and email at;

Contact Info

Board Administrator:    William L. Harp, M.D. | Executive Director
Legal Advisor:   W. Brent Saunders, J.D. | Board Counsel
Support Staff:   Michael Sobowale | Deputy Director, Licensure
Additional Support Staff:   
ShaRon Clanton - Licensure Support Technician
(804) 367-4501
Email Address:
Phone:   (804) 367-4472
Phone Extension:   
Fax:   (804) 527-4426
Fax For Application:   No
Street Address:   Perimeter Center
Street Address Cont:   9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
City:   Henrico
State:   VA
Zipcode:   23233
Time Zone:   Eastern

Application Info

Required Licenses:    Chiropractic
Application Deadline:   None
Application Fee:   $277.00
Application Notes:   
Term:   Biennial
Term Notes:   Biennial
Jurisprudence Exam Dates:   None
Exam Fee:   None
Exam Fee Notes:   n/a
Initial License Fee:   
Initial License Fee Notes:   
License Renewal Fee:   $312
Criminal Background Check:   No
Criminal Background Check Notes:   
Fingerprinting:   No
Fingerprinting Notes:   

Education Info

Minimum Years Pre Professional Education:   0
Bachelor Degree Required:   No
Accreditation For Chiropractic Programs:    Council on Chiropractic Education; Must be Fully Accredited
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:   No
Supervised Practice:   Preceptor
Supervised Practice Required:   No
Supervised Practice Notes:   Students enrolled in chiropractic schools may (i) participate in preceptorship programs that are a part of the training program of the chiropractic school, or (ii) practice in clinics, hospitals, educational institutions, private medical offices, or other health facilities, in a program approved by the school, under the direct tutorial supervision of a licensed chiropractor who holds an appointment on the faculty of a chiropractic school approved by the Board. This is not an internship, students are not paid, and are not to be coverage doctors while the sponsor doctor is away from the office. It is part of the CCE educational requirement to provide actual clinical care under faculty observation as part of the requirement to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

Preceptor for students: Supervised practice required for students still enrolled in a chiropractic college. No postgraduate training license is issued in Virginia.

Examinations Info

Exams Administered By State:
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:   Note: Graduates after 1/31/96 must have NBCE Parts I through IV. Graduates from 1/31/91 - 1/31/96 must have I, II, & III. Graduates from 7/1/65 to 1/31/91 must have I, II, & III or I, & II & SPEC plus evidence of licensure in another state for 2 yrs. Graduates prior to 7/1/65 must pass SPEC and have licensure in another state for 2 years immediately preceding the application.

Certifications Info

Optional Certifications:
Physiotherapy Termed:   Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy Certification:   Included in Chiropractic License
Physiotherapy Education:   No specific requirements
Physiotherapy Exam:   None
Physiotherapy Fee:   
Board Regulates Specialty Council Certification:   No

License Portability Info

Condition For Reciprocity Endorsement:   Applicants must have passed appropriate NBCE exams
Board Permits And Authorizes Travel To Treat:   No
Board Permits And Authorizes Telemedicine Practices:   Yes

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): Terms listed above. When using Dr. or Doctor, must be accompanied by the term chiropractor, chiropractic, or D.C.
Chiropractors Defined As Primary Care Physicians:   No

Chiropractic Therapy Assistants Info

Regulated:   No

Continuing Education Info

Required Hours Per Year:   30
Distance Hours Allowed Per Year:   n/a
Required Subjects:   n/a
Additional Requirements And Information For CE:   
Additional CE Information:   
Additional Accepts PACE:   Accepts PACE

Regulatory Board Members

Jennifer Rathmann, D.C.
Board Member
Blanton Marchese

Statistical Info

Current As Of Date:   2023
Active Licenses:   1,656
Inactive Licenses:   83
New Licenses:   99
Resident Licenses:   
Retired Licenses:   
Other Status Licenses:   
Chiropractic Assistants:   
Statistical Notes:   Current as of 1-23-2023