The District of Columbia Board of Chiropractic (BOC), a division within the DC Department of Health, Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA), has the responsibility to regulate the practice of chiropractic medicine in the District of Columbia. Its mission is to serve and protect the public and ensure high standards of chiropractic care and professionalism through best-practices in regulation, education and outreach.
Regulation is achieved through the application process, the disciplinary process and outreach/educational activities.
- The application process is the process in which applications are reviewed for compliance with the applicable statute and regulations in terms of required credentials in education, experience and examination.
- The disciplinary process is the process in which applicants and licensees are disciplined for violations of the statute. Disciplinary action can result in denial of a license, revocation, suspension, probation, a reprimand or remediation.
- Outreach and educational activities include publication of newsletters and replies to public inquiries.
Applicants for licensure in the District are required to pass the National Board of Chiropractic Examination (NBCE) Parts I-IV in addition to the District of Columbia jurisprudence examination. Applicants requesting licensure with ancillary privileges in Physiotherapy and/or Acupuncture, must also pass the NBCE ancillary privileges examination.
All applicants for licensure must establish, to the Board’s satisfaction, that they possess the appropriate skills, knowledge, judgment, and character to practice chiropractic Medicine in the District of Columbia. In addition, applicants must demonstrate to the Board that they are proficient in understanding and communicating chiropractic concepts and information in English.
The Board meets on the second Tuesday of every other month: November, January, March, May, July, and September. The Board administers the District jurisprudence examination three times per fiscal year.(November, March and July). FY 2016 Jurisprudence Exam Dates - November 10, 2015; March 8, 2016; July 12, 2016. NB; The Board, at its discretion, may add additional test dates.
Members of the Board are appointed by the Mayor and serve a three year term for a maximum of three terms. The Board issues a biannual newsletter that provides up-to-date information on the Board's current activities.
- DC Board of Chiropractic Workforce Capacity Report – 2014
- View Photos from the BOC Open House Event - September 19, 2014
The January 2016 Board of Chiropractic Meeting has been rescheduled for February 9, 2016.
For additional information, please contact the Board of Chiropractic team at (202) 442-5828.
- Board of Chiropractic Board Meeting Dates [PDF]
- Board Newsletter
- Board of Chiropractic Policies [PDF]
- DC Municipal Regulations for Chiropractors [PDF]
- BOC Application Package
- BOC Application Status Verification
- BOC Annual Report: 2009 [PDF]
- BOC Members
- BOC Open Session Meeting Minutes
- BOC Calendar and Meeting Agenda
- License Renewal
- Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards
- Criminal Background Check
- Disciplinary Actions Taken
- Health Occupations Revision Act (HORA) [PDF]
- Reporting a Name or Address Change
- Search for a Health Professional
- File a Complaint [PDF]
- Complaint Review and Investigations Process [PDF]
- Disclaimer [PDF]