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Chiropractic Assistants

Application Requirements/Process for CA Certification          Updated 10-13-17

PLEASE READ ALL SECTIONS on this web page COMPLETELY (and the related links)
  1. READ the Administrative Rule regulating the Chiropractic Assistant profession.
  2. TRAINING. Complete 12 hours of Board-approved training  (More info in Training section below)
  3. APPLICATION. Complete and print your Application Packet (Found in Forms section below).
  4. BACKGROUND CHECK.  You will be required to submit to fingerprinting. Follow instructions provided (Do NOT get fingerprinted before you receive instructions from OBCE). * 
  5. EXAM. Complete written exam provided by OBCE upon receipt of your application.
  6. PAYMENT.  $175 must be submitted with your application.
* ALL applicants must submit to a fingerprint check regardless of any previous printing (e.g. LMTs)  

​​Certification - Upon successful completion of the exam, receipt of the state/federal background check report, and Board approval, the OBCE will issue the CA certificate. The total process generally takes two to three weeks.

If you still have questions after reading all sections on this page
CONTACTKelly Beringer by email at kelly.beringer@oregon.gov
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​Training for Initial Certification               Updated  10-16-18

ALL CA Initial Training must include at least the amount and type of education as outlined in the Board's CURRICULUM for the lecture portion; the practical/hands-on must be four hours in length and cover all of hydrotherapy, physiotherapy and electrotherapy.  The 12 hours training is valid for ONLY 60 days.  If you do not apply within 60 days of completing the training you will need to retake the 12 hours.


In ANY training situation you should receive a certificate of completion.

ONLY training offered by a Board-approved trainer, or your employing Doctors of Chiropractic is valid training.

The time you take to complete your application forms, read the Physiotherapy Study Guide, or take your examination does NOT count as part of your required 12 hours training.


     1.  Attend a pre-scheduled course (read the list; call/register with the vendor); OR
     2.  Use the Supervising DC Guidelines and Log for CA Training​; OR  
     3.  Contact one of the OBCE’s pre-approved trainers; they may be able to provide any part of your
          training on an as-needed basis
     4.  Register for one of the ONLINE Board-approved courses below. 

Online Courses - be prepared to create a user profile on the respective website before you can register for the class. AND, when the vendor is only offering the 8 hour lecture, the applicant still needs to obtain the hands-on training in clinic, or through another board-approved trainer)
  • Register​ for CACredits.org Webinar - CA Initial Training (8 hours lecture only) 
  • Register at ChiroSmarts
  • Register for OnlineCE's Oregon Chiropractic Assistant Training (12 hours, BUT you must be employed by a DC to follow the 4-hour hands-on instruction provided); or 
  • Register for Professional Online Education's Course CAT42, Oregon Initial Chiropractic Assistant Training (12 hours, BUT you must be employed by a DC to follow the 4-hour hands-on instruction provided)  

Training Exceptions:

  • Seventh quarter or above chiropractic students may submit proof of attendance of Physiological Therapeutics in lieu of taking the Initial Training Course; they must still meet all other requirements for CA certification. 
  • If you have a CA certificate/license from another state or adequate documentation of training, the Board may waive the requirements for the initial training course. Request a waiver PRIOR TO application.
  • If you are a Physical Therapy Assistant, and you took your PTA education within the past five years, you may submit proof of that education in lieu of the initial training.
NOTE:  Massage Therapists applying for certification are NOT exempt from the initial training requirement since the LMT training does not include hydrotherapy and electrotherapy.  All LMT’s or massage therapy students must complete the twelve (12) hours initial training.  ​​
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Application Forms, Fees and Mailing Information        Updated 5-11-18

1) Observe the process above. 
2) The Application Packet will open with Adobe Reader (if you do not have this free application installed on your computer, click on the ADOBE link at the bottom of this page). 

Once you have completed your forms AND training, mail the following to the OBCE 
  1. Completed Application form with photo (this MUST be a passport-type color photo),
  2. Completed Fingerprint Request form 
  3. A detailed written explanation for arrests, charges, convictions, if any AND supporting documentation including police reports, court judgments, etc.
  4. Social Security Number form 
  5. Diversity form
  6. Proof (certificate or log) of completed 12 hours Initial Training (See Training below), and
  7. Fees: Non-refundable $175 ($40 background; $50 application; $35 exam; and $50 initial license) payable to the OBCE (one check for all fees is acceptable) NO cash.

Mail to:

Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners
530 Center St NE, Suite 620 
Salem Oregon 97301-3772

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Fingerprinting & Background Checks               Updated 8-23-18

All chiropractic assistant applicants need to be fingerprinted; Oregon Administrative Rule 811-010-0084 Fitness Determination allwos the agency to require this. NOTE: If you have recently been fingerprinted for another license or certification, you are still required to be fingerprinted for the OBCE assistant application. 

Applicants are to complete the Fingerprint Request Form found within the CA Application Packet, and submit that form with the application and fees. 

When the OBCE receives that Request Form, staff will email instructions to the applicant using the email provided on the application form.  When you login in and start to create your profile Fieldprint will locate the nearest office to your address. Schedule your appointment.  You WILL be asked to pay a nominal fee for the actual fingerprinting. This fee is in addition to the $40 portion of your application fees ($175); that $40 covers the OBCE's cost for the resulting background report. 

Attend your appointment.  Once fingerprinted the resulting background report will be delivered to the Board of Chiropractic Examiner.

It is extremely important to consider what may show up on your background report, and answer the questions on your CA application accordingly.  Discrepancies may cause a delay in the processing of your application. 

Here is the link to Fieldprint's FAQ; however, do NOT "Schedule an Appointment" until you have received your instructions from the OBCE.  

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Examination                         Updated  3-23-18

EXAMINATION  The CA exam is open-book; the OBCE recommends using the Physiotherapy Study Guide for Chiropractic Assistants.  

STUDY GUIDE - Contact the book store at University of Western States to purchase the PT Study Guide for CAs. Call (503) 251-5719.

1.  A CA Applicant will only be assigned the CA exam once they have submitted ALL of the CA application requirements, including application form, proof of training, all fees, subforms, and responses to OBCE background check (if requested), etc. 

2. The exam will be e-mailed to the applicant's email address recorded on the application. 14 days are allowed for completion.  The completed original exam should be mailed back to the OBCE for grading. 

3.  IF a CA Applicant fails the exam, a $35 retake fee must be submitted, and OBCE staff will re-assign the exam.  The minimum passing grade is 75%. ​​

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CA Policies and Practices           Updated 10-13-17

In addition to the CA scope of practice which (broadly) includes hydrotherapy, electrotherapy and physiotherapy, the Board has developed a list of policies and practices which further delineates the scope. View these in this excerpt of the Guide to Policy and Practice Questions
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FAQ                 Updated 10-13-17

QUESTION:  Can I complete the Initial Training through an "online" course?  

ANSWER:  Online 8-hour webinars that are pre-approved by the OBCE for the "Initial  Training" are allowed. The 4-hour practical session must still be "live."  The Board adopted a policy (click HERE) that allows participation in the webinar. As of October 2012, an 8-hour webinar has been approved; the 4-hours practical session is presented live.  Refer to the list of approved trainers, or schedule of initial training courses. Videos or other online training are NOT approved for the Initial Training.

QUESTION:  May our long-time CA perform the practical portion of the Initial Training for our new staff person?

ANSWER: NO. The administrative rule is clear that the hands-on (practical) training may ONLY be “administered by a healthcare provider licensed to independently provide those therapies.”  CAs may not perform any therapies without supervision of a DC, and therefore they are not allowed to administer the practical portion. ​

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