Requirements for Licensure
In order for a person to be licensed to practice chiropractic in the state of North Dakota, they must have met the following requirements:
- Completion of an application;
- Graduation from an approved and accredited doctor of chiropractic program;
- Successful completion of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, and Physiotherapy Examinations;
- Successful completion of the Board Jurisprudence Examination and provides an affidavit acknowledging that the applicant has read and understands North Dakota statutes and administrative rules governing the practice of chiropractic;
- Completion of a statewide and nationwide Criminal History Record check;
- If applicable, license verifications from all states/jurisdictions in which the practitioner currently holds or has held a chiropractic license;
- Payment of application fees.
An applicant for a reciprocal/endorsement license will be considered by the board if the following conditions are met:
- License in good standing to practice chiropractic in another state or jurisdiction;
- Licensed for at least the preceding two (2) years in the other state or jurisdiction;
- Successfully passed the national boards on an earlier occasion;
- Successfully passes the special purposes examination for chiropractic or part IV of the national board examination, unless waived by the board for good cause;
- Successfully passes the jurisprudence examination and provides an affidavit acknowledging that the applicant has read and understands North Dakota statutes and administrative rules governing the practice of chiropractic;
- Successfully completes a criminal history record information background check as required by N.D.C.C. section 43-06-11.1; and
- Applicant applies for a temporary license under N.D.C.C. chapter 43-51.
Please contact the Board office with any questions regarding Reciprocity/Licensure by Endorsement.
Please contact the Board directly if your education and examinations were completed outside of the United States.
The following persons may be exempt from the license requirement (N.D.C.C. 43-06-02):
- Chiropractors from the District of Columbia, or other states, territories, or countries who are in actual consultation in this state.
- From the ND Administrative Rules 17-02-01-01.2 (2) Definitions, "Actual consultation" means seeking or giving professional advice, opinions, or assistance in conjunction with a licensed chiropractor in this state with regard to a specific patient for the purpose of providing chiropractic treatment to the patient.
- Students enrolled in an approved and accredited doctor of chiropractic program, who qualify for the preceptorship program.
- A graduate of a program who has not completed the examination requirements in N.D.C.C. section 43-06-10.1 who applies for a graduate internship under this exception.
- Nothing in this chapter is to be construed to impinge upon the practice of medicine by a physician and surgeon or an osteopathic physician and surgeon who has adequate training in the use of manipulative and adjustive procedures of the spine and appendicular skeleton.
- A chiropractor who is licensed in another jurisdiction of the United States or credentialed to practice chiropractic in another country if that chiropractor is teaching, demonstrating, or providing chiropractic in connection with teaching or participating in an education seminar in the state for no more than sixty days in a calendar year.
- A chiropractor who is licensed in another jurisdiction of the United States or credentialed to practice chiropractic in another country if that chiropractor is practicing chiropractic in North Dakota as a member of the health care team for a sports, cultural, or performing arts group. Treatment may only be performed on members of the team or group the chiropractor is traveling with, for no more than sixty (60) days in a calendar year.