Practice Analysis Archive
Approximately every five years, the NBCE produces a report based on a practice analysis survey. Previous analyses are hosted here on the Practice Analysis Archive. You can download chapters from all of the practice analysis reports.
Practice Analysis Description
The Analysis provides legislators, insurance companies, educators, and the general public with an overview of the chiropractic field and its effectiveness as a healthcare profession. Over the years, these updated summaries of the chiropractic profession help determine the content of NBCE’s licensure exams. In 2020, for the first time, the practice analysis contains information about the graduates of chiropractic programs who do not practice chiropractic and those who practice part time.
Published by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the report summarizes responses from chiropractic practitioners in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other U.S. territories.
About the NBCE
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE), including the International Board of Chiropractic Examiners (IBCE), is the international testing agency for the chiropractic profession. The NBCE develops, administers and scores standardized exams that assess knowledge, higher-level cognitive abilities and problem-solving in various basic science and clinical science subjects.
NBCE exams offer assurance to the general public that, regardless of where a chiropractor went to school or was licensed, he or she has demonstrated a baseline of knowledge as well as ability in diagnosis, diagnostic imaging, principles of chiropractic, associated clinical sciences and chiropractic practice.
Candidates typically take NBCE exams before graduating from chiropractic college. Exam scores are made available to licensing authorities within and outside the United States. In the U.S., all 50 states either accept or require candidates to pass Parts I, II, III, and IV for licensure.
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