(a) Requirement for licensure.--An applicant for a license under this act shall submit satisfactory proof to the board that the applicant meets all of the following:
(1) Is 21 years of age or older.
(2) Is of good moral character.
(3) Has a high school diploma or its equivalent.
(4) Has completed two years of college or 60 credit hours.
(5) Has graduated from an approved college of chiropractic, with successful completion of not less than the minimum number of hours of classroom and laboratory instruction required by regulation of the board, which minimum shall be at least 4,000 hours.
(6) Has passed the examination required under this act.
(7) Has not been convicted of a felonious act prohibited by the act of April 14, 1972 (P.L. 233, No. 64), known as The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, 1 or of an offense under the laws of another jurisdiction which if committed in this Commonwealth would be a felony under The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, unless the applicant satisfies all of the following criteria:
(i) At least ten years have elapsed from the date of conviction.
(ii) Satisfactorily demonstrates to the board that he has made significant progress in personal rehabilitation since the conviction such that licensure of the applicant should not be expected to create a substantial risk of harm to the health and safety of his patients or the public or a substantial risk of further criminal violations.
(iii) Satisfies the qualifications contained in this act.
An applicant's statement on the application declaring the absence of a conviction shall be deemed satisfactory evidence of the absence of a conviction, unless the board has some evidence to the contrary. As used in this section the term “convicted” shall include a judgment, an admission of guilt or a plea of nolo contendere.
(b) Renewal of licenses.--A license shall be renewed biennially for a period of two years upon payment of the biennial fee, provided that the licensee satisfies the other requirements of this act. Any person who has failed to renew his license for a period of longer than five years shall be required to apply for a license in accordance with subsection (a) if he desires to resume practicing chiropractic.
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