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Key Resources

This tab will provide you with key resources for the NBCE Exam Part III. 


NBCE Reference Texts Circulation Rules

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Books located on the NBCE display shelves do circulate.  Please present a photo ID to a library staff member.

Circulation rules for NBCE Books:

  • Checked out for two hour period
  • Renewed one time for an additional two hours
  • May leave the library to an outside location -- study wherever you'd like!
  • Limited to three at a time.
  • No overnight checkout.  Items not returned by the end of the day will accumulate fines by the hour.

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Don't forget to bring the books back to the desk when they're due. Items need to be checked in by library staff so fines don't accumulate.

Fines for overdue NBCE books are $1.00 per hour per item.


Overview - NBCE Part III

The NBCE Exam Part III includes subject examinations in each of these nine areas:

  • case history
  • physical examination
  • neuromusculoskeletal examination
  • diagnostic imaging
  • clinical laboratory and special studies
  • diagnosis or clinical impression
  • chiropractic techniques
  • supportive interventions
  • case management

The NBCE does not divide the reference text list into subject areas. 

Below is the reference text list in its entirety for NBCE Part III.

As a courtesy, Palmer Libraries have also included a section devoted to NBCE Exam Study Guides, which has links to books containing practice questions & answers. This information is located on a separate tab, titled "Study Guides - NBCE Exams", and it is organized by campus.


NBCE Part III Reference Texts

Check your campus' designated NBCE area to find these titles. 

Davenport Campus: Occasionally, an NBCE reference text will also be on the required textbook list.  If you find a foam book in place of a book in the NBCE display that you'd like to check out, see the library staff at the second floor desk. The rules for checking out required textbooks are the same for those on the NBCE shelves.

San Jose Campus: Occasionally, an NBCE reference text will also be on the required textbook list.  If you find a plastic card in place of a book that you'd like to check out, see the library staff.

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Bates' Guide Physical Examination and History Taking - Bickley
Call Number: RC76 .B37 2013
ISBN: 9781609137625
Publication Date: 2012-11-12
11th ed.

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Chiropractic Technique: Principles & Procedures - Thomas F. Bergmann; David H. Peterson
Call Number: RZ255 .B47 2011
ISBN: 9780323049696
Publication Date: 2010-05-28
3rd ed.

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Clinical Imaging: With Skeletal, Chest, and Abdominal Pattern Differentials - Dennis Marchiori
Call Number: RC 78.7 .D53 M367 2014
ISBN: 9780323084956
Publication Date: 2013-09-04
3rd ed.

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CURRENT Medical Diagnosis and Treatment 2015 - Maxine Papadakis; Stephen J. McPhee; Michael W. Rabow
Call Number: RC 71 .K75 2015
ISBN: 9780071824866
Publication Date: 2014-09-23

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Differential Diagnosis and Management for the Chiropractor - Thomas A. Souza
Call Number: RZ250 .S68 2009
ISBN: 9780763752828
Publication Date: 2008-10-03
4th ed.

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Essentials of Skeletal Radiology - Terry R. Yochum (Editor); Lindsay J. Rowe (Editor)
Call Number: RC930.5 .E85 2005 V. 1 ; RC930.5 .E85 2005 V. 2
ISBN: 0781739462
Publication Date: 2004-07-26
3rd ed.

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Functional Soft Tissue Examination and Treatment by Manual Methods - Warren I. Hammer (Editor)
Call Number: RZ250 .H36 2007
ISBN: 9780763733100
Publication Date: 2007-02-01
3rd ed.

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Illustrated Orthopedic Physical Assessment - Ronald C. Evans
Call Number: RD734 .E93 2009
ISBN: 9780323045322
Publication Date: 2008-12-15
3rd ed.

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Krause's Food and the Nutrition Care Process - L. Kathleen Mahan; Sylvia Escott-Stump; Janice L. Raymond
Call Number: RM216 .M285 2012
ISBN: 9781437722338
Publication Date: 2011-08-24
13th ed.

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Legal, Ethical, and Practical Aspects of Patient Care Documentation - Ron W. Scott
Call Number: KF3827 .R4 S385 2013
ISBN: 9780763799106
Publication Date: 2011-11-14
4th ed.

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Low Back Pain: Mechanism, Diagnosis & Treatment - James M. Cox
Call Number: RD768 .C69 2011
ISBN: 9781608310029
Publication Date: 2011-11-28
7th ed.

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The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy - Robert S. Porter
Call Number: RC55 .M4 2011
ISBN: 9780911910193
Publication Date: 2011-07-20
19th ed.

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Mosby's Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests - Kathleen Deska Pagana; Timothy J. Pagana
Call Number: RB 38.2 .P34 2014
ISBN: 9780323089494
Publication Date: 2013-11-08
5th ed.

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Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction - David G. Simons; Janet G. Travell; Lois S. Simons
Call Number: RC925.5 .T7 1999 V. 1
ISBN: 0683083635
Publication Date: 1998-11-01
2nd ed.

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Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction - Janet G. Travell; David G. Simons
Call Number: RC925.5 .T7 1992 V.2
ISBN: 068308366X
Publication Date: 1983-05-01
2nd ed.

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Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases - Hal Blumenfeld
Call Number: QM451 .B68 2010
ISBN: 9780878930586
Publication Date: 2010-03-01
2nd ed.

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Orthopaedic Neurology - Stanley Hoppenfeld; Hugh Thomas (Illustrator); Richard Hutton (As told to)
Call Number: RC400 .H66 1977
ISBN: 0397503687
Publication Date: 1977-01-01

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Orthopedic Physical Assessment - David J. Magee
Call Number: RD734 .M34 2014
ISBN: 9781455709779
Publication Date: 2013-12-04
6th edition

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Photographic Manual of Regional Orthopaedic and Neurologic Tests - Joseph J. Cipriano
Call Number: RD734.5 .P58 C57 2010
ISBN: 9781605475950
Publication Date: 2010-11-15
5th ed.

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Physical Examination of the Spine and Extremities - Stanley Hoppenfeld
Call Number: RD734 .H66 1976
ISBN: 0838578535
Publication Date: 1976-05-26

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Principles and Practice of Chiropractic - Scott Haldeman
Call Number: RZ241 .P75 2005
ISBN: 0071375341
Publication Date: 2004-09-20
3rd ed.

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Rehabilitation of the Spine - Craig Liebenson
Call Number: RZ265 .S64 R44 2007
ISBN: 0781729971
Publication Date: 2006-03-02
2nd ed.

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Seidel's Guide to Physical Examination - Jane W. Ball; Joyce E. Dains; John A. Flynn; Barry S. Solomon; Rosalyn W. Stewart
Call Number: RC 76 .M63 2015
ISBN: 9780323112406
Publication Date: 2014-01-31
8th ed.

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Therapeutic Electrophysical Agents - Alain Y. Belanger
Call Number: RM 701 .B45 2014
ISBN: 9781451182743
Publication Date: 2014-01-10
3rd ed.

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Therapeutic Modalities - Chad Starkey
Call Number: RC1210 .S785 2013
ISBN: 9780803625938
Publication Date: 2013-01-23
4th ed.

Subject Guides @ Palmer - NBCE Exam Part III Topics

If you are looking for other resources to help you with studying at Palmer, be it for the NBCE or for your course work, check out the online subject guides listed below, created by our very own Palmer Library staff. New guides are created all the time, so check back with us soon for more.

Physical Therapy
by Sandy Lewis - Last Updated Apr 5, 2017
A guide to physical therapy resources at Palmer and on the Web.
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Active Care (REHB72856)
by Sandy Lewis - Last Updated May 9, 2017
Below are the links to reading assignments for the various sections of Active Care class. Each link will take you to a research article from Palmer’s library databases. Each article should be read prior to the lecture on the corresponding topic.
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The study of individual reference texts or study guides will not guarantee that an individual will pass NBCE examinations.

Moreover, these lists are not comprehensive and do not imply that references not included on a list are inappropriate or of lesser value or quality than references that are included.

The NBCE does not endorse any particular study guide to assist test-takers, nor does Palmer College of Chiropractic.

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