Robin R. Lecy, D.C., District I Director and Norman E. Ouzts, D.C., District V Director PRESENT GETTING INVOLVED WITHTHE NBCE
Who is the NBCE? • Established in 1963, the NBCE develops, administers and scores legally defensible, standardized written and practical examinations for candidates seeking chiropractic licensure throughout the United States and in many foreign countries.
NBCE Corporate Composition • Guided by an 11-member board of directors • U.S. is geographically arranged into five districts • The NBCE has no “members,” instead states select (voting) delegates and alternates to attend NBCE annual meeting State delegates
NBCE Composition • At the annual meeting, state delegates assemble with their district to nominate a person to serve as district director • An assembly of all state delegates votes to accept (or reject) each district nominee District directors State delegates
NBCE Board composition: • 5 district directors • 4 at-large directors • 2 members from the FCLB leadership District directors State delegates Board of Directors
NBCE products • Parts I, II, III, IV, Physiotherapy, Acupuncture • Special Purposes Examination in Chiropractic (clinical competency) • Ethics and Boundaries (redesigned) Plus an examination for those considering a career in chiropractic • Chiropractic College Assessment Test (CCAT)
Pre-Licensure Examinations • Part I tests basic sciences: general anatomy, spinal anatomy, physiology, chemistry, pathology, microbiology and public health • Part II tests clinical sciences: general diagnosis, neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis, diagnostic imaging, principles of chiropractic, chiropractic practice and associated clinical sciences • Parts I and II items come from surveys (Delphi studies) of college faculty to ensure that the NBCE test plans reflect the current emphasis in education
NBCE Clinical Competency Assessment • Parts III (written) and IV (practical) are based on tests committee meetings along with practitioner surveys compiled into a practice analysis, ensuring that test content reflects current practice patterns
NBCE Elective Exams • Physiotherapy assesses case history and examination, physical therapy modalities, indications, contraindications and applications of modalities and therapeutic exercise and rehabilitation • Acupuncture assesses acupuncture history and philosophy, basic treatment tenets/protocols, safety and hygiene and other related topics
NBCE’s Post Licensure Examinations • SPEC (Special Purposes Examination for Chiropractic) to assess individuals’ clinical competency • Ethics and Boundaries to assess knowledge of ethical misconduct and/or harassment issues encountered in practice Common uses : • state-to-state reciprocity and or endorsement • licensure reinstatement when impairment, lapse, suspension or other disciplinary actions are involved
Getting Involved • Test Committees • Part IV Examiners • Ad Hoc Committees • NBCE Delegate and Alternate Delegates • NBCE District Directors • NBCE At-Large Directors
Test Committees • Direct involvement in item writing and selection for upcoming exams. • Part III, Part IV, Acupuncture, E&B and SPEC items require the input of clinicians; therefore they are usually selected from the state licensing boards. (Parts I and II exams require the input of college faculty.)
Part IV • State licensing boards are invited to recommend one state board member to participate in a Part IV test committee meeting once each year. • States that require or accept Part IV are invited to recommend two D.C.s to serve as examiners to the Part IV exam in May and November of each year.
Ad Hoc Committees • When appropriate the NBCE President may appoint any state board member to an ad hoc committee. Past examples: • Dr. Sherry MacAlister—Computerization Committee • Dr. Marc Gammerman—Future Funding of the FCLB
Through NBCE Leadership Opportunities • District Director • At-Large Director • FCLB Appointed Director
We welcome you • The National Board encourages state board participation both in test development and administration. • Please talk to your district director to express your interest in becoming more involved with the NBCE.
Thank you for your time today • Questions?