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Understanding The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Test


In all medical disciplines, the need for up-to-date certifications and educational competence is absolutely critical. Given the reception that chiropractic care and chiropractic professionals receive in the rest of the medical community and in the population of patients who are dismissive of this type of care, certification and educational competence have a much higher priority level than in other disciplines.

In an effort to achieve the desired level of education and keep the educational content administered to chiropractic professionals at a high standard, there is a collaborative approach to the process of promoting positive educational outcomes for chiropractic professionals.

One aspect of this collaborative effort is the use of Test Committees to oversee testing content in chiropractic education institutions. The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners is in charge of this process, and handpicks different chiropractic professionals from all across the country to approve different examination questions and other content to go on the standardized chiropractic examination. The National Board of Chiropractic Care is tasked with regulating the test material, ensuring that the test material is fair, and deciding what new content will be included on the new round of examinations.

The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners’ tests are offered twice a year at chiropractic educational institutions nationwide and in some international locations. The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners has recently chosen their Test Committee for Part I of the test, which consists of 90 multiple choice questions on topics ranging anywhere from biology to public health, to physical science and anything in between. Part II also consists of 90 multiple choice questions on specifically chiropractic-related content, such as imaging techniques, diagnostic information, musculoskeletal conditions, and various other topics. Part III is comprised of two booklets. Each booklet has 55 multiple choice questions and five “case vignettes,” which the organization describes as extensive case studies and multiple choice questions regarding a more in-depth analysis of these cases. Part IV of the test is a practical examination, which assesses the student’s hands-on capabilities in a care delivery setting.

Education is woven throughout the entire career of the chiropractic professional, and they are not done with education at the completion of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners test. However passing this test is surely a milestone and with the organization’s attention to fairness and remaining current, the test is applicable in any case.

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