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Chiropractic Assistants

Application Requirements/Process for CA Certification          Updated 7-22-19

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  (See Training section below)
  3. APPLICATION. Complete and print your Application Packet (See Application Forms section).
  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. $176.25 must be submitted with your application.
* ALL applicants must submit to fingerprinting 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  12-11-18

Twelve hours training is the minimum requirement for CA certification - 8 hours lecture, and 4 hours hands-on training.  Training options are listed below. 

The eight hours lecture must be based on the Board's CURRICULUM.

The four hours hands-on training must cover some each of hydrotherapy, physiotherapy and electrotherapy.  


     1.  View the list of pre-scheduled course, call and register as directed, or
     2.  Be trained by your supervising DC using these Guidelines and prescribed form, or
     3.  Contact one of the Board's approved trainers to ask about dates/times availability, or 
     4.  Register for one of the ONLINE Board-approved courses below. 

Online Courses - be prepared to create a user profile in order to register. Notice whether the class is 8 hours lecture and the hands-on, OR just the lecture. If the vendor is offering only the 8 hour lecture, the applicant still needs to obtain the hands-on training in clinic, or through another board-approved trainer (live training).

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.
  • Physical Therapy Assistants may be waived from the 12 hours of initial training, if the PTA education was completed with the past five years, OR if the PTA has been continuously employed/licensed in the past five years. Proof of either circumstance must be submitted with the application.  Proof includes a school transcript or license verification.  
** Massage Therapists are NOT exempt.


  • 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 accepted.
  • The time you take to complete your application forms, or take your examination does NOT count as part of your required 12 hours training.

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Application Forms, Fees and Mailing Information        Updated 7-22-19

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). 
IMPRTANT NOTE: When completing your application, please provide an email address other than a Hotmail address.  Hotmail does NOT accept emails from the State of Oregon (oregon.gov emails), especially when there is an attachment; this is happening about 90% of the time.  The first email you receive has your exam and fingerprint instructions attached.   

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 and payable by check, money order or card - $175 ($50 application; $35 exam; $50 initial license, and a $41.25 background check fee).  Total fees due $176.25.

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 12-11-18

All chiropractic assistant applicants need to be fingerprinted.  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 and submit the Fingerprint Request Form found within the CA Application Packet. 

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. That fee is in addition to the portion of your application fees you will pay which covers the cost of 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  9-26-19

EXAMINATION  The CA exam is open-book; use the notes, or other study material provided by your trainer.

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 11-20-18

QUESTION:  As a medical assistant (M.A.), can I work in a chiropractic clinic and provide therapies without CA certifiication? 

ANSWER: ​No. Everyone wishing to provide therapies in a chiropractic office must have the CA certification, unless they have a current Oregon license which allows them to treat patients "unsupervised."  Examples include LMTs, nurses, naturopaths, etc.  MAs are not licensed in Oregon.

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

ANSWER:  There are Oregon Board-approved online courses, however they do cover ONLY the 8-hour lecture requirement.  The 4-hourhands-on session must be completed "live."  If any of the online presentations are "webinars," the Board adopted a policy regarding the structure/presentation of those (click HERE). Otherwise, refer to the list of approved trainers, or schedule of initial training courses found above in the Training sectionVideos or other non-interactive training is 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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