21 NCAC 10 .0203             North Carolina examination

(a) Eligibility. Only those applicants who meet the requirements of this Rule and G.S. 90-143, or in the case of reciprocity applicants, G.S. 90-143.1, and who have submitted a timely and complete written application pursuant to Rule 21 NCAC 10 .0202 shall be allowed to take the North Carolina examination.

(b)  Dates of Examination. The North Carolina examination shall be given four times each year, on the fourth Saturday in January, April, July and October. Eligible applicants shall be notified of the exact date, time and location of the examination as soon as possible after their written applications have been approved by the Board.

(c)  National Boards. Except as provided in Paragraph (e) of this Rule, in order to take the North Carolina examination, an applicant who has never been licensed in this state or who is not a reciprocity applicant shall first achieve a score of 375 or higher on each of the following examinations given by the National Board of Examiners: Part I, Part II, Part III (WCCE) and the elective examination (termed "Physiotherapy" by the National Board). In addition, the applicant shall achieve a score of 475 or higher on Part IV of the National Board examination.

(d)  Report of Scores. The applicant shall arrange for his test results from any National Board examination to be reported to the North Carolina Board in a timely manner. Failure to comply with this provision shall be a basis for delaying the issuance of a license.

(e)  Waiver of National Boards. The Board recognizes that many established practitioners completed their professional education prior to the introduction of one or more National Board examinations. Notwithstanding the requirements of Paragraph (c) of this Rule, an applicant who submits National Board examination results in conformity with the following schedule shall not be disqualified from licensure in North Carolina:

(1)           If the applicant graduated from chiropractic college before July 1, 1966, he shall not be required to submit a score from any National Board examination;

(2)           If the applicant graduated from chiropractic college between July 1, 1966 and June 30, 1986, he shall be required to submit scores of 375 or higher on National Board Part I, Part II, and the elective examination termed "Physiotherapy"; but he shall not be required to submit a score on Part III (WCCE) or Part IV;

(3)           If the applicant graduated from chiropractic college between July 1, 1986 and June 30, 1997, he shall be required to submit scores of 375 or higher on National Board Part I, Part II, the elective examination termed "Physiotherapy" and Part III (WCCE); but he shall not be required to submit a score on Part IV.

In order to receive a license, an applicant who qualifies for a waiver of any National Board score must take and pass the SPEC examination and the North Carolina examination and satisfy all other requirements for licensure.

(f)  SPEC Examination. In order to take the North Carolina Examination, a reciprocity applicant, a waiver applicant pursuant to Paragraph (d) of this Rule, or an applicant previously licensed in this State whose license has been cancelled pursuant to G.S. 90-155 for more than 180 days must first take and pass the Special Purpose Examination for Chiropractic ("SPEC").

(g)  Nature of Examination. The North Carolina examination is a written test of an applicant's knowledge of chiropractic jurisprudence. No part of the examination is open-book, and no reference material of any kind shall be allowed in the examination area. The passing grade is 75.

(h)  Review of Examination Results. An applicant who has been denied licensure because he failed the North Carolina examination may request a review of his answers provided his request is made in writing and received by the Secretary not later than 20 days after issuance of the examination results. Unless the applicant specifically requests to review his answers in person, the review shall be limited to a re-tabulation of the applicant's score to make certain no clerical errors were made in grading. If the applicant requests to review his answers in person, he shall be permitted to do so at the office of the Board in the presence of a representative of the Board and for a period of not more than 30 minutes. The applicant shall not be permitted to discuss his examination with any member of the Board, grader, or test administrator.

(i)  Date of Licensure. An applicant who meets all the requirements for licensure shall be issued a license within 30 days after taking the North Carolina examination.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90-142; 90-143; 90-143.1; 90-144; 90-145; 90-146;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. January 27, 1978;

Amended Eff. January 1, 1983; October 17, 1980;

Legislative Objection Lodged Eff. January 31, 1983;

Curative Amendment Eff. February 18, 1983;

Temporary Amendment Eff. May 1, 1998;

Amended Eff. February 1, 2009; July 1, 2004; August 1, 2000; August 1, 1995; December 1, 1988.