National Board of Chiropractic Examiners
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) is the principal testing agency for the chiropractic profession. Established in 1963, the NBCE develops and administers standardized national examinations according to established guidelines. Among the benefits of the NBCE exams are:
- promoting high standards of competence
- assisting state licensing agencies in assessing competence
- facilitating the licensure of incoming practitioners
- enhancing professional credibility
Headquartered in Greeley, Colorado, the NBCE is a nonprofit organization overseen by 11 directors, five of whom are elected by their NBCE districts, four who serve as "at-large" representatives, and two who are appointed by the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards. All are distinguished members of the worldwide chiropractic community.
In providing standardized written and performance assessments for the chiropractic profession, the NBCE develops, administers, analyzes, scores, and reports results from various examinations. The NBCE scores are among the criteria utilized by state licensing agencies to determine whether applicants satisfy state qualifications for licensure.
In its role as an international testing agency, the NBCE espouses no particular chiropractic philosophy, but formulates test plans according to information provided collectively by the chiropractic colleges, the state licensing agencies, field practitioners, subject specialists, and a Practice Analysis of Chiropractic.