Chiropractic Education Requirements
Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are "pre-professional" same as dentist, podtrist, and ND's for
health care professions.
The typical applicant at a chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of premedical
undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic
chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. My class 75% had four year B.S. in college before entering chiropractic school. Once accepted into an accredited
chiropractic college, the requirements are four academic
years of professional study are the standard. Because of the hands-on nature of chiropractic, and
the intricate adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical training in the last two years.
Doctors of chiropractic — who are licensed to practice in all 50 states, the District of Columbia,
and in many nations around the world — undergo a rigorous education in the healing sciences,
similar to that of medical doctors. In some areas, such as anatomy, physiology, and
rehabilitation, they receive more intensive education than most medical doctors of physical
therapists. Most medical doctors spend less than 10% education on muscloskeletal conditions.
Like other primary health care doctors, chiropractic students spend a significant portion of their
curriculum studying clinical subjects related to evaluating and caring for patients. Typically, as
part of their professional training, they must complete a minimum of a one-year clinical-based
program dealing with actual patient care. In total, the curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200
hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an
accrediting agency which is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This has
been the case for more than 25 years.
Even though, I would like to see 100% of chiropractor have B.S. it does not work them a good doctors.
Before they are allowed to practice, doctors of chiropractic must pass four national board
examinations and become state-licensed. State-licenses can vary a lot. For example, in Oregon chiropractor need to take classes in minor surgery and OB then pass a test. In addition, the provider has to do post-doc education in minor surgery or OB to practice them. Chiropractic colleges also offer post-graduate
continuing education programs in specialty fields ranging from sports injuries and occupational
health to orthopedics and neurology. These programs allow chiropractors to specialize in a
healthcare discipline or meet state re-licensure requirements. Oregon is 20 credits a year and Washington is 25 credits a year. Some states go as high as 50 credits a year.
This extensive education prepares doctors of chiropractic to diagnose health care problems, treat
the problems when they are within their scope of practice and refer patients to other health care
practitioners when appropriate.