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David E. Brown, D.C.

The Department of Health Professions (DHP) is pleased to introduce on behalf of the Commonwealths' 13 health regulatory boards and the Board of Health Professions, this brief synopsis on the work of the boards to license and regulate Virginia's 350,000 healthcare practitioners across 80 professions. Each board works "To ensure safe and competent patient care by licensing health professionals, enforcing standards of practice, and providing information to health care practitioners and the public."


Military Credentialing
Important Information
For Active Duty Service Members, Veterans & Military Spouses

Data a Vital First Step in Projecting Nurse Workforce Capacity
Institute of Medicine (IOM) findings are representative of the continued need for improved data collection on the health care workforce. Continue reading

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Disaster Preparedness
You as a citizen can better prepare for a disaster by clicking on the below links:
Ready Virginia
Virginia Department of Health

Licensing in Other States

Commonwealth Calendar

Regulatory Town Hall

Legislative Services

Own Your Future: Virginia's Long-Term Care Awareness Campaign

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to ensure safe and competent patient care by licensing health professionals, enforcing standards of practice, and providing information to health care practitioners and the public.

Health Regulatory Boards
Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Nursing
Counseling Optometry
Dentistry Pharmacy
Funeral Directors & Embalmers Physical Therapy
Health Professions Psychology
Long-Term Care Administrators Social Work
Medicine Veterinary Medicine


Eighth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, April 26, 2014

Drug Take Back Event Virginia will participate, Saturday, April 26, 2014 in the eighth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, this collaborative effort between state and local law enforcement agencies provides residents with an opportunity to dispose of potentially dangerous controlled substances from their medicine cabinets in an environmentally safe manner. Collection activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at sites designated by law enforcement throughout Virginia. To find a collection site nearby or for more information, click on the following link: Please note that this service is free and anonymous; no questions asked. To read more about this event view our printable flyer.

“New Frontiers for Virginia’s Healthcare Workforce” Forum Summary

The Healthcare Workforce Data Center (HWDC) recently released five reports compiled from 2011-2012 surveys of healthcare licensees from the professions of dentistry, nursing and pharmacy.  Read more about the forum and what was discussed here.

Extension of renewal requirements for deployed military and spouses

Virginia law allows active duty service people or their spouses who are deployed outside the U.S. to have an extension of time for any requirement or fee pertaining to renewal until 60 days after the person’s return from deployment.  The extension cannot last beyond 5 years past the expiration date for the license.  For more information, please read attached policy and contact the applicable board for your license.

Death Certification

Virginia Department of Health training on Death Certification.

Public Health Information

Important Public Health Information from the Department of Health


As of August 1, 2010, DHP no longer accepts cash payments or foreign checks. Only the following payment methods are accepted:

  • Personal/Business Checks
  • Cashier’s/Certified Checks
  • Money Orders

No cash, credit/debit cards, or foreign checks are accepted at DHP’s central office. DHP offers online and mail-in payment options. For online options click the following links:
Online Renewals | Online Applications

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DHP Performs

The Department’s most important priority is to ensure that citizens receive safe and competent healthcare. We have achieved a dramatic improvement in how long it takes to resolve disciplinary cases without sacrificing public safety. Click here, or the chart below, to get the complete story.

DHP exceeds its goal by closing over 90% of disciplinary cases within 250 working days...

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Regulated Professions

Listing of regulated professions


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Administrative Proceedings Division

Law & Policy

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