Chiropractors must follow their state's licensing requirements. The California Board of Chiropractic Examiners regulates the industry statewide with strict educational and licensing rules. Keeping the board's guidelines in mind as you consider becoming a chiropractor, plan a chiropractic education or prepare to apply for a chiropractic license can mean the difference between a successful start and an expensive failure.
California chiropractic license candidates must possess a high school diploma or equivalent, complete at least 60 semester hours or equivalent of undergraduate study and graduate from a board-approved chiropractic college. Graduation from chiropractic colleges requires at least four years of study.
California chiropractic license applicants must pass Parts I, II, III and IV and the Physiotherapy section of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners written exam. Part I covers basic sciences like anatomy, chemistry and pathology. Part II covers clinical sciences like diagnosis and chiropractic principles. Parts III and IV address clinical principles like chiropractic techniques and case management. Part IV, a practical examination, also assesses applicants' ability to interpret x-rays.
All California chiropractic license applicants must submit their fingerprints to the board. California residents must use Live Scan fingerprinting, which takes and stores computerized fingerprints. Out-of-state residents must submit fingerprint cards.
California chiropractic license applicants must disclose any criminal background. This disclosure should include a personal statement explaining any arrests or convictions, copies of police reports and certified copies of court records. The board reviews criminal history on an individual basis.