ASBCE - Applicants
ASBCE does not reciprocate with any other states.
Application for Licensure Information
Please note: NBCE Parts I, II, III, IV & the Physiological Therapeutic section will be mandatory effective July 1, 2016, and the ASBCE Board Practical exam will be repealed.
The Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners offers a new doctor orientation four times a year. January, April, July, and October. The new doctor orientation is a prerequisite to licensure.
Must be 21 years of age.
Fees - made payable to the ASBCE:
$150 application fee
$36.25 State/FBI background check fee
$50 orientation fee
Copy of Chiropractic diploma, or date you will graduate
Official Chiropractic transcript (Sent directly from college) to show 120 classroom hours of physiological therapeutics and not less than 4,400 fifty minute resident class hours or not less than 4 years of 9 academic months.
Official Undergraduate transcript(s) (Sent directly from college) Applicant must have not less than a total of sixty (60) semester hour credits, of which a minimum of thirty (30) semester hour credits must be in science subjects such as biology, zoology, chemistry, math, or other like subjects, with no less than a "C" average.
Official National Board Transcript (Sent directly from NBCE) to include scores for Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV (minimum score of 375), and Physiological Therapeutic
Letter of recommendation (must be from a doctor of five years experience and printed on his/her letterhead)
Criminal Background check
completed, signed, and notarized release form
and fingerprint cards (Will be mailed to the applicant upon receipt of application)
copy of your driver's license
Verification of licensure in good standing from all other states (s) where you are licensed or have held a license- if applicable.
Jurisprudence exam (Will be mailed to the applicant upon receipt of application)
Incomplete applications are kept on file for one year. All application fees are non-refundable.
All application materials including the JP exam and fingerprint packet, other than the National Board Part IV score, must be received by the Executive Director of the ASBCE with a postmark or electronic receipt of no later than 45 days prior to the orientation date. The National Board Part IV score must be in the hands of the Executive Director of the ASBCE with the postmark no later than 7 days before the orientation date.
Applicants that have NOT graduated Chiropractic College:
An approved applicant will be permitted to sit for this Board's orientation provided the applicant's date of graduation from Chiropractic College precedes the date of the next regularly scheduled examination by no more than six (6) months.
Upon graduation, you must request that the college mail to our office an official transcript and a copy of your diploma. Your license will be held until proof of graduation is received.
If you are an Active Military member stationed in Arkansas or a returning Veteran or the spouse of one, please submit the Military Expedite form with your license application.
Please complete the License Application and mail it with the required fees to:
101 East Capitol Ave., Ste. 209
Little Rock, AR 72201
Ark. Code Ann. § 17-81-102(4) 'Chiropractic aide' means an unlicensed member of the chiropractic team who may assist a chiropractic physician in the performance of those procedures and techniques constituting the practice of chiropractic as defined in this chapter with the exception of spinal manipulation and adjustment, provided that such assistance shall be performed under the direct supervision of a licensed chiropractic physician.
Code Ark. R. 029.00.2-E(2)
- (a) The chiropractic aide may not render any diagnosis, submit treatment plans to patients, or in any other way assume responsibility for the management of patient care.
- (b) The chiropractic aide may not render any manipulative adjustment treatment or spinal mobilization.
- (c) The chiropractic aide may perform specific testing procedures and/or adjunctive therapeutics under the order, direction and responsibility of the supervising doctor.
- (d) Chiropractic aides must obtain a Radiologic Technology License through the Arkansas Department of Health to perform x-rays. The Consumer-Patient Radiation Health and Safety Act, Act 1071 of 1999, requires that individuals who use radioactive materials or medical equipment emitting or detecting ionizing radiation on human beings for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes, be licensed to do so.
- (e) In lieu of obtaining a Radiologic Technology License under subpart (d), chiropractic aides may obtain certification through the American Chiropractic Registry of Radiological Technologists (ACRRT) program upon successfully completing a course of instruction consisting of didactic classroom hours and examination. The course must be recommended by the Board. ACRRT recertification requires a minimum of 6 hours of continuing education administered by a state or national organization approved by the Board for this purpose.
The Preceptorship program has been established in order to allow chiropractic students in the final clinical phase of their training to practice under the direct, on-site, supervision of a chiropractor licensed in this state.
Preceptor(supervisor) Application to be submitted to the board.
Fees - made payable to the ASBCE:
- $30 Temporary License Application Fee
An applicant may apply for a temporary license once a COMPLETED application for licensure is on file with the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Temporary license applications are voted on by the full Board.
Supervised Temporary License
After a temporary license holder has received approval from the Board, he may perform any acts or practices that a licensed Arkansas Chiropractor may do, as long as it is under the supervision of the supervising Chiropractor who must remain on the premises when these acts or practices are being performed.
Upon satisfactory evidence being submitted to the Board as to an applicant's ability and integrity and when no regular examination will be held within thirty (30) days from the date of an application for a temporary license, the board may, if approved by at least two-thirds of the membership of the Board, issue to the applicant a permit to practice until the next regular meeting of the Board.
Supervising Doctor Requirements:
- Have an active Chiropractic license of 3 years or longer.
- Not have had any disciplinary action levied against him by any Board in the past 5 years.
- Have no more than two (2), temporary license holders, under his direct supervision at one time.
Unsupervised Temporary License
The Board may at its discretion, issue a temporary license to a Doctor of Chiropractic who holds a current license in another state, to practice in Arkansas until his next scheduled examination and exempt him/her from any supervisory requirement.
Please complete the Temporary License Application form and mail it with the required fee to:
101 E. Capitol Ave., Ste. 209
Little Rock, AR 72201.