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                            CHAPTER 55-H.F.No. 1216 
                  An act relating to occupations and professions; 
                  modifying practical examination requirements for 
                  chiropractors licensed in other states; amending 
                  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 148.06, subdivision 1.
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 148.06, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [LICENSE REQUIRED; QUALIFICATIONS.] No 
        person shall practice chiropractic in this state without first 
        being licensed by the state board of chiropractic examiners.  
        The applicant shall have earned at least one-half of all 
        academic credits required for awarding of a baccalaureate degree 
        from the University of Minnesota, or other university, college, 
        or community college of equal standing, in subject matter 
        determined by the board, and taken a four-year resident course 
        of at least eight months each in a school or college of 
        chiropractic that is fully accredited by the council on 
        chiropractic education or fully accredited by an agency approved 
        by the United States Office of Education or their successors as 
        of January 1, 1988.  The board may issue licenses to practice 
        chiropractic without compliance with prechiropractic or academic 
        requirements listed above if in the opinion of the board the 
        applicant has the qualifications equivalent to those required of 
        other applicants, the applicant satisfactorily passes written 
        and practical examinations as required by the board of 
        chiropractic examiners, and the applicant is a graduate of a 
        college of chiropractic with a reciprocal recognition agreement 
        with the council on chiropractic education as of January 1, 
        1988.  The board may recommend a two-year prechiropractic course 
        of instruction to any university, college, or community college 
        which in its judgment would satisfy the academic prerequisite 
        for licensure as established by this section. 
           An examination for a license shall be in writing and shall 
        include testing in: 
           (a) The basic sciences including but not limited to 
        anatomy, physiology, bacteriology, pathology, hygiene, and 
        chemistry as related to the human body or mind; 
           (b) The clinical sciences including but not limited to the 
        science and art of chiropractic, chiropractic physiotherapy, 
        diagnosis, roentgenology, and nutrition; and 
           (c) Professional ethics and any other subjects that the 
        board may deem advisable. 
           The board may consider a valid certificate of examination 
        from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners as evidence of 
        compliance with the written examination requirements of this 
        subdivision.  The applicant shall be required to give practical 
        demonstration in vertebral palpation, neurology, adjusting and 
        any other subject that the board may deem advisable.  A license, 
        countersigned by the members of the board and authenticated by 
        the seal thereof, shall be granted to each applicant who 
        correctly answers 75 percent of the questions propounded in each 
        of the subjects required by this subdivision and meets the 
        standards of practical demonstration established by the board.  
        Each application shall be accompanied by a fee set by the 
        board.  The fee shall not be returned but the applicant may, 
        within one year, apply for examination without the payment of an 
        additional fee.  The board may grant a license to an applicant 
        who holds a valid license to practice chiropractic issued by the 
        appropriate licensing board of another state, provided the 
        applicant meets the other requirements of this section and 
        satisfactorily passes the a practical examination before 
        approved by the board.  The burden of proof is on the applicant 
        to demonstrate these qualifications or satisfaction of these 
        requirements. 
           Presented to the governor April 12, 1999 
           Signed by the governor April 15, 1999, 10:49 a.m.