Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition

    The Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition (CBCN) was founded in 1986 and is the credentialing and certifying agency of the chiropractic profession.


    To secure, protect, and advance clinical nutrition in the chiropractic profession while serving to enhance the health of the people we serve and the population at large.

    The CBCN operates under the auspices of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and as a member of the American Board of Chiropractic Specialties with full autonomy in the areas of testing standards and procedures.

    The CBCN is authorized and recognized to issue the specialty certification Diplomate (DCBCN) to Doctors of Chiropractic in the field of Clinical Nutrition.


    A diplomate of the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition (DCBCN) is a licensed chiropractic physician who has successfully completed a post‐doctoral program in nutrition of at least three hundred (300) credit hours from a chiropractic college or university, institution, foundation or agency whose program is approved by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The topics of study required are delineated in the by‐laws of the CBCN. In addition, the diplomate has successfully passed the certifying examination administered by the CBCN. 


    Vitamin D:
    Vitamin D is now listed in mcg. Vitamin D IUs may be listed voluntarily in parenthesis as well. Unit conversion: 1 mcg = 40 IU

    Vitamin A:
    Vitamin A is now listed in mcg of Retinol Activity Equivalents (RAE), which is a change in unit from the pre-existing label, where vitamin A was listed in IUs. The conversion from IUs to mcg RAE considers whether the vitamin A is coming from an animal source (retinol) or a plant source (carotenoids), or a combination of sources. We use plant-sourced carotenoids, which have higher RAE than retinol.

    Vitamin E:
    The nutrient measurement unit for vitamin E has changed from IU to mg of alpha-tocopherol. The conversion factor used depends on whether the source is from food or supplement.

    Folate is now listed in mcg of dietary folate equivalents (DFE). The development of DFEs reflect the higher bioavailability of folic acid than that of food folate. At least 85% of folic acid is estimated to be bioavailable when taken with food, whereas only about 50% of folate naturally present in food is bioavailable. Based on these values, DFE can be calculated as follows:

    Unit conversion: 1 mcg 5-MTHF or folic acid from dietary supplements = 1.7 mcg DFE


    Ashley Marchek  Dayton, OH

    Start thinking about your 12 hours of CE credits NOW!

    You can earn up to 18 CE hours at the CDID symposium on cardiovascular health that will be held May 4-6, 2018, in Las Vegas. Your Executive Committee negotiated a special fee for DCBCNs -- only $495 if you register before March 1, 2018.

    We will hold our Annual Meeting there on Friday May 4, 2017, 6:00PM.

    Hotel Reservations: Embassy Suites  702.795.2800 or click here:

    Symposium Reservations: Loretta George  920.905.4946 or      Only $495. If you register before March 1, 2018!

    There are many accredited programs all over the country and several online classes!
    As of the 2018 re-certification period, the CBCN will accept required continuing education recertification hours offered by an accredited institution of higher learning or approved by the Certificant's respective physician/chiropractic state licensing board, that address one or more of the topics listed in the Responsibilities of a DCBCN section of the CBCN Handbook.  All hours may be obtained in either live or online format. Please be certain your transcripts include the educational institution that sponsors the class.

    There will be no grace period. All recertification documents are due December 31, 2018, for 2019. You can send in your CE hours as you earn them. Please do not wait until December to start thinking about your recertification!

    Diplomate Directory

    The latest directory of Diplomates is uploaded and will be maintained regularly. If you find an error, please email us.

    Future Diplomate Exam Dates

         May 10-19, 2018  -  Application deadline April 1, 2018
         November 12-17, 2018 -  Application deadline October 1, 2018




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