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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

2013

137

134

98%

2014

108

108

100%

2015

100

82

82%

2016

119

110

92%

Total

464

434

 

 

 

Weighted Average

94%

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

2013

137

98

72%

 

123

90%

2014

108

80

74%

 

101

94%

2015

100

71

71%

 

79

79%

2016

119

104

87%

 

115

97%

Total

464

353

 

 

418

90% 

 

 

Weighted Average

76%

 

Weighted Average

90%

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. 

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