National Board Exams

If you plan to practice in the United States, you are required to take four examinations administered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE). You begin to take the exams as early as your fifth trimester.

Most states accept or require the NBCE recommended passing score on Part IV in lieu of other practical licensure examinations. Find out more information on licensing.

NBCE National Board Exams:

Required written exams

  • Part I - tests your knowledge of the basic sciences
  • Part II - tests your knowledge in clinical sciences
  • Part III - tests your knowledge in clinical applications

Required written and practical exam

  • Part IV – tests your knowledge and skill in three major areas: chiropractic technique, case management, and diagnostic imaging interpretation and diagnosis.

Elective written exams

Required by some states if you plan to use these modalities.

  • Physiotherapy
  • Acupuncture

Upcoming exam dates

Find out about upcoming exam dates and application deadlines.

Upcoming review schedule

Northwestern prepares you to perform well on board exams. Our faculty members conduct board exam reviews for our students.

View the upcoming National Board Exams review schedule.

Student performance

Our students consistently perform above the national average on all parts of the boards.

Review the passing rates for our students (pdf).

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