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About the Board of Osteopathic Examination

The Board of Osteopathic Examination was created in 1905 by an act of the State Legislature. This Board is responsible for safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans, by requiring that all that practice osteopathic medicine within this state are qualified. The Board interprets the laws, rules, and regulations to determine the appropriate standards of practice to ensure the highest degree of professional conduct. The Board is authorized to issue licenses to qualified candidates who have completed appropriate education and successfully completed required examinations. The Board is also responsible for the investigation of alleged violations of the Practice Act and rules, and is responsible for the discipline of licensees who are found guilty of such violation.

The administrative staff of the Division of Health Related Boards supports the Board by issuing licenses to those who meet the requirements of the law and rules. Osteopathic physicians may be licensed by examination, by endorsement from other states, or certification by the National Board of Examiners for Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons. Renewal notices are mailed from the Board's administrative office forty-five (45) days prior to the expiration of the license to the current address on record. Licenses can be renewed on-line one hundred twenty (120) days prior to expiration at Tennessee.gov/health. Click on the "License Renewal" link and follow the prompts. Licensees are responsible for renewing their licenses on time and keeping the Board/Registrar apprised of current information. It is a violation of the law and of the board’s/registrar’s rules to practice on an expired license.

The Board meets as needed throughout the year for purposes of conducting administrative business concerning ratifying licenses, promulgating rules, disciplinary matters, etc. The six (6) Board members are appointed by the Governor to serve five (5) year terms. A quorum of four (4) members is required to conduct business, and the meetings are open to the public.

Contact the Board of Osteopathic Examination
615-532-4384 local or 1-800-778-4123 nationwide or write
665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243


Effective July 1, 2007, all health care facilities licensed by the State of Tennessee Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities shall post a sign that must be at least eight and one-half inches (8-1/2”) in width and fourteen inches (14”) in height in the main public entrance of the facility containing the following information:

  1. The statewide toll-free number of the Tennessee Division of Adult Protective Services (APS), 1-888-APS-TENN (1-888-277-8366), and number for the local district attorney’s office;
  2. A statement that a person of advanced age who may be the victim of abuse, neglect, or exploitation may seek assistance or file a complaint with the APS Division concerning such; and,
  3. A statement that any person, regardless of age, who may be a victim of domestic violence may call the nationwide domestic violence hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY), or the Tennessee Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-356-6767, for immediate assistance, with the hotline number printed in boldface type.
  4. A statement that a teen involved in a relationship that includes dating violence may also call the national toll-free domestic violence hotline or the national teen dating abuse helpline, 1-866-331-9474, for immediate assistance.

In addition, all nursing homes, assisted living facilities and any other residential facility licensed by the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities are required to provide upon admission to each resident the Division of Adult Protective Services’ statewide toll-free number.  Nursing homes which comply with the requirements of Tennessee Code Annotated 68-11-254 are exempt from the posting requirements in 1 and 2 above.

Toll-Free Hotline Numbers Example Sign:  If you wish to have a copy of this statement mailed to you, please contact the State of Tennessee Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities toll-free at 1-800-778-4504 or 1-615-741-7221 to request the Toll-Free Hotline Numbers Notice and Example Sign.