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Board Score Performance - Doctor of Chiropractic

National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) is proud of the success of its Doctor of Chiropractic students' performance on the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) exams.

Table 1

NBCE Exam Parts I-III ONLY

Calendar Year
(Last 4 years)

Number of Graduates Attempting Any or All Parts (I, II, III) of NBCE Exams within six (6) months post-graduation

Number of Graduates Passing All Parts (I, II, III) of NBCE Exams within six (6) months post-graduation

Percentage of Graduates Passing All Parts (I, II, III) of NBCE Exams within six (6) months post-graduation

2014

108

108

100%

2015

100

82

82%

2016

119

110

92%

2017

74

61

82%

Total

401

361

 

 

 

Weighted Average

90%

This NBCE exam score data only partially reflects the success of NUHS graduates. The Illinois Medical Licensing Board did not require chiropractic physicians to take Part IV of the NBCE exam at the time of this exam score data, so the full number of NUHS licensed graduates is not reflected in these NBCE totals. Table 3 demonstrates the percentage of graduates who have either passed all parts of the NBCE exam or obtained licensure within six (6) months post-graduation. This more accurately reflects the success of the NUHS program in preparing students for entering clinical practice following graduation. However, effective July 1, 2016, all Illinois chiropractic physicians must take NBCE Part I, II, III and IV exams for licensure.

Table 2

Table 3

NBCE Licensing Exam Completion Rates
Successful Completion of NBCE Licensing Exams by Graduation

 

Actual Success Rates of NUHS Graduates

Calendar Year
(Last 4 years)

Number of Graduates Attempting Any or All Parts (I, II, III, IV) of NBCE Exams within six (6) months post-graduation

Number of Graduates Passing All Parts (I, II, III, IV) of NBCE Exams within six (6) months post-graduation

Percentage of Graduates Passing All Parts (I, II, III, IV) of NBCE Exams within six (6) months post-graduation

 

Number of Graduates Passing All Parts (I, II, III, IV) of NBCE Exams within six (6) months post-graduation, or licensed

Percentage of Graduates Passing All Parts (I, II, III, IV) of NBCE Exams within six (6) months post-graduation, or licensed

2014

108

80

74%

 

101

94%

2015

100

71

71%

 

79

79%

2016

119

104

87%

 

115

97%

2017

74

61

82%

 

61

82%

Total

401

316

 

 

356

  

 

 

Weighted Average

79%

 

Weighted Average

89%

The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) requires Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine programs to disclose up-to-date results of student performance on national board examinations. Per the CCE, each program shall post annual and overall weighted averages of the four (4) most recent years' NBCE Parts I, II, III and IV exam success rates. Data found in Table 2 satisfies this reporting requirement.

In the past, the Illinois Medical Licensing Board did not require chiropractic physicians to take Part IV of the NBCE exam in order to obtain licensure in Illinois. As such, many NUHS students who chose to practice in Illinois after graduation only took Parts I, II, and III of the NBCE exams. Effective July 1, 2016, the Illinois Medical Licensing Board now requires all Illinois chiropractic physicians to take NBCE Parts I, II, III, and IV exams for licensure. 

Table 4

DC Degree Completion Rates
National University of Health Sciences - Doctor of Chiropractic Program (DCP)
Normal Length of Program: 10 Trimesters

Column A

Column B

Column C

Column D

Column E

Entrance Term

Number of Students Matriculated in Entrance Term

Term 15 Trimesters After Entrance Term

Number of Students in Column A that Graduated

Completion Rate

Fall 2011

74

Summer 2016

59

79.7%

Spring 2012

51

Fall 2016

40

78.4%

Summer 2012

37

Spring 2017

32

86.5%

 

Fall 2012

53

Summer 2017

39

73.6%

Spring 2013

32

Fall 2017

23

71.9%

Summer 2013

18

Spring 2018

17

94.4%

Totals

265

     

210

79.2%

CCE Benchmark is 70%

Table 5

DC Degree Completion Rates
National University of Health Sciences - Doctor of Chiropractic Program (DCP)
Normal Length of Program: 10 Trimesters

Column A

Column B

Column C

Column D

Column E

Entrance Term

Number of Students Matriculated in Entrance Term

Term 15 Trimesters After Entrance Term

Number of Students in Column A that Graduated by Term in Column C

Completion Rate

Fall 2011

74

Summer 2016

55

74.3%

Spring 2012

51

Fall 2016

38

74.5%

Summer 2012

37

Spring 2017

29

78.4%

 

Fall 2012

53

Summer 2017

36

67.9%

Spring 2013

32

Fall 2017

23

71.9%

Summer 2013

18

Spring 2018

17

94.4%

Totals

265

      

198

74.7%

CCE Benchmark is 70%

NUHS, in its support of the advancement of education and new knowledge, offers qualified Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) students the opportunity to enroll in its Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Master of Science in Acupuncture, or Master of Science in Oriental Medicine while completing their DC degree. The completion of two degree programs simultaneously requires additional time which causes some students to complete the program beyond the required reporting timeframe. This causes the calculated percentage of completion (within the allotted timeframe) to be lower than the actual percentage of students who do graduate. Therefore, we have provided two charts for your information. For example, during the Fall 2011 - Summer 2013 trimesters, NUHS had 23 students (8.68%) pursuing a second degree while completing their DC degree. These students (because of the limited timeframe) contribute significantly to the lower calculated completion percentage of the Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine Program and the National University of Health Sciences. Therefore, the difference between the completion percentages of the two charts. If you have any questions, please speak with your NUHS counselor/advisor.

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