Licensure Requirements: Chiropractors
There are No Waivers or Exceptions to any of these requirements
Only graduates of the following CCE approved Chiropractic Colleges are eligible for Maryland licensure:
Cleveland Chiropractic College
De’Youville College of Chiropractic
Life Chiropractic College
Logan College of Chiropractic
National College of Chiropractic
New York Chiropractic College
Northwestern College of Chiropractic
Palmer College of Chiropractic
Parker College of Chiropractic
Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic
Southern CA Univ. of Health Sciences
Texas Chiropractic College
University of Bridgeport
Western States Chiropractic College
The Following Requirements MUST be met by every Applicant - No Exceptions or Waivers, including, scores, fee, and time deadlines, Each Applicant Must:
- Have been awarded a bachelor and doctor of chiropractic degree. The bachelor degree must be from an accredited college and may have been achieved before, during or after chiropractic college.
- Have graduated from a chiropractic college from the above CCE approved list and received his/her degree.
- Have achieved minimum qualifying exam scores: 375 for parts I, II and IV and 438 for Part III and the Physiotherapy Exam.
- Submit all transcripts and exam scores must be sent under seal directly from the school and NBCE to the Board. No documentation will be accepted from the students.
- Submit a completed application for licensure, a non-refundable application fee of $200.00 and an examination fee of $300.00. Only bank checks, certified checks or money orders are acceptable. Applications may be downloaded in the forms menu of the website at www.mdchiro.org. Note: All transcripts, applications, fees and supporting documentation must be received by the Board at least 45 DAYS PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED EXAMINATION DATE – NO EXCEPTIONS or WAIVERS. Copies of transcripts are NOT acceptable – only signed, sealed transcripts mailed directly from the school or from NBCE are acceptable. Checks or money orders must be made payable to: “Maryland Board of Chiropractic & Massage Therapy Examiners.”
- Take/pass Maryland Jurisprudence Exam with minimum score of 75%
- To practice Physical Therapy, applicants must prove at least 270 hours of PT didactic/clinical at chiropractic College or at a subsequent Board-approved provider.
Application to Practice Chiropractic
All applicants must pass the NBCE Examination, Parts I through IV. Maryland’s minimum qualifying scores for these are:
a) 375 for Parts I, II, and IV; and b) 438 for Part III and for the Physiotherapy Examination (if seeking PT privileges).
All applicants must achieve these minimum passing scores on all parts of the NBCE Examination prior to applying to take the Maryland Jurisprudence Examination. The minimum passing score for the Maryland Jurisprudence Examination is 75%.
With Physical Therapy
Applicants seeking physical therapy privileges must have achieved a minimum score of 438 on the NBCE Physiotherapy Examination and must have completed a minimum of 270 hours of course work in physical therapy at a college accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education and approved by the Board.
Exam Schedule and Deadlines
All documentation, including application, certificates of moral character, all transcripts, scores and fees, must be received by the Board at least forty five (45) days BEFORE the scheduled examination date (NO EXCEPTIONS/ WAIVERS).
A non-refundable application fee of $200.00 and an examination fee of $300.00 must accompany each application. Fees must be paid by certified check or money order only and made payable to “Maryland Board of Chiropractic Examiners.” No cash or personal checks are accepted.
There are no waivers or exceptions to the foregoing requirements/procedures. An application file will be processed upon receipt of the aforementioned fees. It is the applicant’s exclusive responsibility to ascertain that all application materials, transcripts, and fees have been forwarded to this office to meet the above cited postmark deadline. A Letter of Admission will be forwarded to you as written confirmation that the Board has received and approved your application. You are required to bring that approval letter with you in order to gain admission to the examination. Additionally, at the examination, you will also be required to produce at least one piece of photo identification (preferably a driver’s license or passport).
All applications are subject to a full background check of the applicant, his/her conduct, any administrative or criminal history. All submitted documentation is subject to a full review and verification from the originator.
Application for Licensure by Credentials
Chiropractors practicing for at least 5 years in another jurisdiction may apply as follows for Licensure by Credentialing:
- Have practiced for at least 5 years in another jurisdiction by virtue of passing an exam similar to Maryland’s and not have any disciplinary action.
- Submit the Licensure by Credentialing application fee of $700.00 and licensure fee of $700.00 (Total $1400.00) with the application on the website.
- Submit 2 letters of recommendation from 2 licensed chiropractors.
- Have your state Board submit a sealed verification of good practice.
- Take/pass NBCE SPEC and MD Jurisprudence Exams with minimum scores of 75%
- Submit to further administrative/criminal background checks if necessary at Board discretion.
Application For Licensure By Waiver of Requirements for a Visiting Chiropractor
Licensure under this provision is limited to 30 days per calendar year, and solely with and during the organization’s/event’s visit, other requirements include:
- Application/licensure fee is $650.00
- Applicant must hold a current CPR certification at the provider level
- Applicant must provide a written certification from his/her State Board verifying status of practice in good standing
For any questions, please contact the Examination Coordinator, Ms. Bernice Berger, at (410) 764-4726