To meet the education requirements for licensure as a chiropractor, you must have completed the following:
90 semester hours of college study, with a GPA of not less than 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or its substantial equivalent as determined by the department and a minimum of 24 semester hours in life and physical science courses, which may include, but not be limited to, courses in general biology, human anatomy, physiology, general chemistry, biochemistry, physics, biomechanics and kinesiology. At least half of these courses shall include a laboratory component.
- Graduates of Accredited Chiropractic Programs
If you graduated from a Doctor of Chiropractic program (DCP) accredited by the Council of Chiropractic Education (CCE) at the time of your graduation, you have satisfied the professional education requirement.
NOTE: If you transferred from one Doctor of Chiropractic program to another, you must have completed the equivalent of your final year in a DCP with fully accredited status by CCE.
- Graduates of Unaccredited Chiropractic Programs
If you received a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from an unaccredited program, you may meet the professional study requirement by completing the following steps (contingent on Department staff recommendation and approval by the Board of Regents in each case):
- Contact the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) for a Doctor of Chiropractic Program (DCP) registered by the New York State Education Department and/or accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE).
- Submit to that CAO your entire transcript from the unaccredited chiropractic program you completed and any other information requested to determine your level of knowledge and clinical proficiency. Such information should include any postdegree course work, such as that completed for a specialization credential like the Diplomate of the American Board for Chiropractic Orthopedics.
- Following his/her review of your preparation, the CAO will determine what additional coursework you may need to achieve the level of knowledge and clinical proficiency expected of current graduates of the accredited DCP. (Note: The CAO may determine that challenge or exit examinations or some other measures determined appropriate by the DCP are necessary to substantiate your knowledge and clinical proficiency in one or more areas of competency.)
- The CAO must attest to your completion of the equivalent of one additional academic year acceptable to the New York State Board for Chiropractic at the accredited DCP, including the specified studies. This year must represent no less than 24 semester credit hours,* or the equivalent for programs using trimesters or quarters. The 24 semester hours may be represented by courses completed within the DCP's current curriculum, completing challenge or exit examinations, continuing education course work, or other measures acceptable to the college, all of which must be graded and reported on the college's official transcript.
After completing the required combination of course work and other measures for a total of at least 24 post-DCP semester credit hours, request the CAO to submit the following directly to:
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234-1000
- An official transcript of your studies in the DCP, including any transfer credits granted by the DCP which total no less than 24 semester credit hours. It would be helpful to include course descriptions of the additional courses completed. We reserve the right to request an additional description or a syllabus of any course listed on the transcript.
- A letter signed by the CAO attesting that the preparation you completed, as documented on the transcript and taken together with the courses from the unaccredited program, constitutes the level of knowledge and clinical proficiency expected from a current graduate of the accredited DCP.
*NOTE: Pursuant to Part 50.1(o) of the Regulations of the New York State Commissioner of Education, a "semester hour means a credit, point, or other unit granted for the satisfactory completion of a course which requires at least 15 hours (of 50 minutes each) of instruction and at least 30 hours of supplementary assignments.... This basic measure shall be adjusted proportionately to translate the value of other academic calendars and formats of study in relation to the credit granted for study during the two semesters that comprise an academic year."
Course work or training in the identification and reporting of child abuse
In addition to the professional education requirement, every applicant for licensure as a chiropractor must complete coursework or training in the identification and reporting of child abuse in accordance with Section 6507(3)(a) of the Education Law. See additional information and a list of approved providers for this training.
Acceptable Chiropractic Colleges
For information about approved chiropractic programs and colleges that meet the New York State licensure requirements contact:
Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE)
8049 North 85th Way
Scottsdale, Arizona 85258-4321