Proactive Information for the Profession

The New York Chiropractic Council is frequently used as a source of information for practicing chiropractors in NYS.

These are Questions Related to Politics

The answers are color coded based on two things.




Would the Council ever consider adding prescribing drugs and surgery (necessary or not) to our scope?


Can students of Chiropractic colleges have a meaningful preceptorship in NYS?

No. Only students of NY colleges may apply for a preceptorship.

As stated in §6555. Exempt persons, from Article 132 of Education Law.

§6555. Exempt persons.

Nothing in this article shall be construed to affect or prevent a student enrolled in a college of chiropractic in this state from engaging in all phases of clinical practice under supervision of a licensed chiropractor or physician in a curriculum registered by the department.  (No, only students of NYS chiropractic colleges have possibility of a meaningful preceptorship in NYS.)


Students from New York Chiropractic Colleges who have met all their requirements in clinic may apply for an externship with a NYS licensed Chiropractor.  That Chiropractor must have been pre-approved by one of the two  Chiropractic colleges located in NYS.  

The question was posed at a New York State Board of Education meeting inquiring whether or not students from out of state colleges could transfer to New York Chiropractic College and then apply for the externship.  In response to the question, we were advised that this was highly unlikely to happen.  The reason   given by the college representative for this unlikihood  is that there is a difference in the philosophy of training. NYCC Preceptor Application  NYCC Preceptor manual 

D'Youville College has a process where you may apply to be an extern faculty member however  we are unaware if the student would have a meaningful preceptorship.  In response to the same question, D'Youville was even less receptive to a student in clinic transferring from an out of state chiropractic college when asked at that same meeting.   (D'Youville application)

The New York Chiropractic Council believes that a meaningful preceptorship should be open to students of all accredited chiropractic colleges. Definition of a meaningful preceptorship:  Where a student has been qualified by their chiropractic's colleges standards and is determined to be eligible for a preceptorship and is paired with (under the direct supervision of)  an eligible licensed field Doctor of Chiropractic in order to participate in all phases of clinical practice, including the ability to check for the presence of Subluxation and render adjustments if necessary.


The current verbiage can be seen as restraint of trade and a monopoly-like control over students having access to preceptor in the state of New York. This wording does not allow qualified students from CCE qualified Chiropractic colleges to be given an equal opportunity to preceptor in New York, even if New York is their home state, or their preferred/intended state to  practice in upon becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic. This control therefore, could be said to negatively impact  the odds of quality doctors of Chiropractic choosing to locate their practices in New York state, evidence of which can be found in the   significantly declining numbers of practicing Chiropractors in New York State.



Should the New York State Board of Chiropractic continue to be required to have as members a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Osteopathy?

Article 32 Chiropractic §6553. State Board for Chiropractic.

      A state board for chiropractic shall be appointed by the board of regents on recommendation of the commissioner for the purpose of assisting the board of regents and the department on matters of professional licensing and professional conduct in accordance with section sixty-five hundred eight of this title. The board shall be composed of not less than seven members, including at least four licensed chiropractors, one licensed physician who is a doctor of medicine, one licensed physician who is a doctor of osteopathy, and one educator who holds a doctorate or equivalent degree in either anatomy, physiology, pathology, chemistry or microbiology. An executive secretary to the board shall be appointed by the board of regents on recommendation of the commissioner. §6508.1    …. the membership of each professional licensing board shall be increased by one member, and each such board shall have at least one public representative who shall be selected by the board of regents from the general public.

 The public member is in addition to what listed in §6553.

Currently the NYS law requires 8 members at a minimum on the Chiropractic board and of those eight one must hold a MD and one a DO degree.

Of the 29 non-committee professional boards in NYS, six require a physician as a member of their board in addition to a public member as well as a minimum number of the represented profession.  In addition to the Chiropractic state board, these six boards include,: Perfusionist which is a 4 year degree program and requires 2 licensed physicians on their board in addition to 4 of their own profession, Respiratory Therapists, Occupational Therapists similar to the Perfusionist  require 1 physician, Midwifery requires 3 physicians with specific degrees and Massage Therapists require 4 physicians as members.

      In response to an inquiry requesting their opinion regarding the MD/DO requirement a representative of the State Board of Chiropractic responded, "There is no public statement from the Regents concerning the additional professions on any Board.  That is usually determined by the legislature or whoever sponsored the bill to have Chiropractic become a licensed profession back in 1963. You may want to check with the NY State Archives - legislative bill and veto jackets.  That would give you the bill comments.  I don’t know if the Regents feel that having a MD or DO on the Chiropractic Board is outdated.  It is the feeling of the Chiropractic Board members that it is of no benefit to the public to have such oversight on the Board.  We don’t have a DO because we cannot find one to serve on the Board.  The MD has missed more meetings than they’ve attended.  I can tell you, all those Boards you listed have a difficult time filling those MD slots and most are left unfilled. The medical society insists on the oversight in the negotiations of a new profession, but in reality its dead weight because you can’t get anyone to serve."  

All Professional Education Boards require a public member as part of their makeup. Mental health practitioners / Dietetics and Nutrition have three public members with no specific requirements; all others have two or fewer public members.  Only Interior Design (designates one of its members as an Interior Design educator) and Chiropractic (the public member must have a doctorate or equivalent degree in  anatomy, physiology, pathology, chemistry, or microbiology) designates the public member to have a specific background or credentials.


 It is the position of the New York Chiropractic Council that the requirement of having an MD and /or a DO as members of the State Board of Chiropractic should be removed.  More than fifty years ago in 1963, Chiropractic was licensed. We can no longer be considered a NEW profession in NY.  The requirement is an antiquated, unnecessary mandate that leaves important board seats vacant and should be removed.  The Council further contends that the stipulation requiring  the public member to have a doctorate or equivalent degree in anatomy, physiology, pathology, or chemistry, or microbiology should be removed because it is discriminatory as well as antiquated and unnecessary..  It is our position that if it is determined that the  public members specific credentials are  important to protect the public interests from the Chiropractors on the Chiropractic board, then on the basis of this reasoning, similar requirements must be added to all health related professional boards: including the medical board.

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