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National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Offers Computerized Exams for Licensed Chiropractors
[February 16, 2006]

National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Offers Computerized Exams for Licensed Chiropractors

GREELEY, Colo. --(Business Wire)-- Feb. 16, 2006 -- The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) announces the computerization of its optional Ethics and Boundaries Examination (E&B) for chiropractic practitioners. Beginning this month, E&B will be administered six times per year at more than 300 Pearson Professional Centers throughout the United States.

Ethics and Boundaries Examination assesses knowledge of ethics and boundaries issues potentially encountered in chiropractic practice. This is the second exam made available for post-licensure purposes. The first, the Special Purposes Examination for Chiropractic (SPEC), assesses the clinical competency of a practitioner. SPEC was computerized in 2002. Formerly, these examinations were only available in pencil and paper format twice a year at 14 chiropractic college test sites.

The SPEC and E&B examinations are not intended for applicants who are entering practice for the first time. They are used by state licensing agencies to assess licensed or previously licensed chiropractors.

Although states have varying laws and regulations about how to legally handle a doctor's request to transfer his or her license to another state or a patient's complaint against a doctor, the primary concern of all licensing agencies is protection of the public. Therefore, before granting practice privileges, state boards may require chiropractors to demonstrate acceptable levels of understanding about what is considered ethical and knowledge of where to set the boundaries pertaining to appropriate relationships and interactions in the chiropractic office setting -- E&B fulfills this purpose.

Information brochures, weighted test plans, suggested reference texts and a sample tests are available on the NBCE Web site at

Headquartered in Greeley, Colo., the NBCE is the international testing organization for the chiropractic profession. Established in 1963, the NBCE develops, administers and scores standardized written examinations for candidates seeking chiropractic licensure throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. The NBCE also produces and administers a practical skills examination for use in chiropractic licensure.

For more information, please contact Joanne Monath, Director of Professional Relations and Communications, at [email protected] or 970-356-9100, extension 119.

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