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The mission of the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners (MBCE) is to protect the public through effective licensure and enforcement of the statutes and rules governing the practice of chiropractic to ensure a standard of competent and ethical practice in the profession.


Pennebaker PictureThe Board deeply mourn's the sudden loss of Dr. Gary Pennebaker. Dr. Pennebaker, a former Board member, has had an illustrious career with far reaching national implications. Dr. Pennebaker was appointed to the Board in 1996, and having been reappointed twice, served until 2008. Dr. Pennebaker served as the Board's president from 2000 until 2006. Dr. Pennebaker has also served in many positions such as the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Board's (FCLB) delegate, National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) Delegate, and Chairman of the FCLB Board. Dr. Pennebaker was serving as an at-large member of the NBCE at the time of his death. Dr. Pennebaker was a tireless advocate for the chiropractic profession and he will be greatly missed.  

Services will be held at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie on Saturday, November  29, 2014. Visitation will be from 10am - 11am and a Celebration service at 11am. 

During the 88th Legislative Session, the chiropractic scope of practice was amended. Click here for the new Statutes and Rules, which will be effective August 1, 2014. 

Chiropractic Licensure:

Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) are licensed in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and in all other United States territories and jurisdictions. Doctors of Chiropractic are also authorized to practice in most other countries of the world, and in some areas serve as the primary form of health care available to the citizens. 

Chiropractic Education:

In spite of  the myths that abound, the education of a doctor of chiropractic is very rigorous. A minimum of  an Associate in Science Degree or its equivalent is required for entry to chiropractic college. This education includes (among others) education in subjects such as chemistry (organic and inorganic,) physics, biology, anatomy and physiology. The student then enters a chiropractic college for a four year full time course leading to the doctoral degree. Colleges of Chiropractic must be accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education (or an international equivalent) which is approved by the United States Department of Education.

Purpose of Regulation (Licensure):

As a function of regulation by licensure, the public can be assured that the doctor of chiropractic has met certain standards, that he/she continues to abide by certain laws and regulations, and that these laws and regulations have been specifically designed to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public from incompetence or substandard care.