About the Boards

PART I

Part I is a computer-based test, delivered on chiropractic college campuses.

Part I tests six basic sciences areas (domains):

  • General Anatomy
  • Spinal Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Pathology
  • Microbiology

Each domain consists of 50 standard multiple-choice questions.

Part I is divided into three sessions; each session consists of two domains. Each domain is allotted 42 minutes with an optional 15 minute break after each of the first two sessions. Testing appointments are 5 hours.

 

PART II

Part II is a computer-based test, delivered on chiropractic college campuses.

Part II tests six clinical science areas (domains):

  • General Diagnosis
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Diagnosis
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Principles Of Chiropractic
  • Chiropractic Practice
  • Associated Clinical Sciences

Each domain consists of 50 standard multiple-choice questions.

Part II is divided into three sessions; each session consists of two domains. Each domain is allotted 42 minutes with an optional 15 minute break after each of the first two sessions. Testing appointments are 5 hours.

 

PART III

Part III is a computer-based test, delivered on chiropractic college campuses.

Part III tests nine clinical areas:

  • Case History
  • Physical Examination
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Examination
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Clinical Laboratory and Special Studies
  • Diagnosis or Clinical Impression
  • Chiropractic Techniques
  • Supportive Interventions
  • Case Management

Part III consists of two sessions, with a total of 110 standard multiple-choice questions and 10 case vignettes, broken down as follows:

  • Each section has 55 standard multiple-choice questions, plus five case vignettes.
  • Each of the five case vignettes contains three extended multiple-choice questions.
  • Each extended multiple-choice question requires three answers.

Each session is allotted two hours of testing time, with an optional 15-minute break between sessions.Testing appointments are 4 hours and 30 minutes.

 

PART IV

The Part IV exam consists of three major sections and each of the sections is divided into stations. The three sections are:

  • Diagnostic Imaging (DIM)
  • Chiropractic Technique
  • Case Management

DIM consists of 20 stations which are allotted two minutes per station. During the DIM portion, you will be viewing diagnostic images on a monitor and answering two questions related to the images.

Chiropractic Technique consists of five stations with five minutes allotted to complete each station. During the Chiropractic Technique portion, you will be required to read instructions and set up for spinal and extremity adjustments.

Case Management consists of 20 stations with five minutes allotted to complete each station. You will be asked to perform a case history, physical examination, or orthopedic or neurological test.

The Chiropractic Technique section and the Case Management sections are given together and require approximately two hours and 45 minutes of testing time, but may require an additional five hours of sequestration in a building.

 

Physiotherapy (PT)

Physiotherapy is a computer-based exam, delivered on chiropractic college campuses.

Physiotherapy is elective that consists of 90 standard multiple-choice questions. The Physiotherapy Examination is allotted 75 minutes of testing time. Testing appointments are 90 minutes.