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§ 90‑143.  Definitions of chiropractic;examinations; educational requirements.

(a)        "Chiropractic" is herein defined to be the scienceof adjusting the cause of disease by realigning the spine, releasing pressureon nerves radiating from the spine to all parts of the body, and allowing thenerves to carry their full quota of health current (nerve energy) from thebrain to all parts of the body.

(b)        It shall be the duty of the North Carolina State Board ofChiropractic Examiners (hereinafter referred to as "Board") toexamine for licensure to practice chiropractic in this State any applicant whois or will become, within 60 days of examination, a graduate of a four‑yearchiropractic college that is either accredited by the Council on ChiropracticEducation or deemed by the Board to be the equivalent of such a college and whofurnishes to the Board, in the manner prescribed by the Board, all of thefollowing:

(1)        Satisfactory evidence of good moral character.

(2)        Proof that the applicant has received a baccalaureate degreefrom a college or university accredited by a regional accreditation bodyrecognized by the United States Department of Education.

(3)        A transcript confirming that the applicant has received atleast 4,200 hours of accredited chiropractic education. The Board shall notcount any hours earned at an institution that was not accredited by the Councilon Chiropractic Education or was not, as determined by the Board, theequivalent of such an institution at the time the hours were earned.

The examination shall include the following studies:neurology, chemistry, pathology, anatomy, histology, physiology, embryology,dermatology, diagnosis, microscopy, gynecology, hygiene, eye, ear, nose andthroat, orthopody, diagnostic radiology, North Carolina jurisprudence,palpation, nerve tracing, chiropractic philosophy, theory, teaching andpractice of chiropractic, and any other related studies as the Board mayconsider necessary to determine an applicant's fitness to practice. The Boardmay include as part of the examination any examination developed andadministered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners or its successororganization that the Board considers appropriate, and the examination may beadministered by a national testing service. The Board shall set the passingscores for all parts of the examination.

(c)        The Board shall not issue a license to any applicant untilthe applicant exhibits a diploma or other proof that the Doctor of Chiropracticdegree has been conferred.

(d)        The Board may grant a license to an applicant if theapplicant's scores on all parts of the examination required by the Board equalor exceed passing scores set by the Board and the applicant satisfies all otherrequirements for licensure as provided in this Article. (1917, c. 73, s. 5; 1919, c. 148, ss. 1, 2, 5; C.S., s. 6715; 1933, c.442, s. 1; 1937, c. 293, s. 1; 1963, c. 646, s. 2; 1967, c. 263, s. 3; 1977, c.1109, s. 1; 1981, c. 766, s. 4; 1987, c. 304; 1989, c. 555, ss. 2, 3, 4; 1997‑230,s. 1; 2003‑155, s. 1.)