Educated in ways you’ve always imagined
The fact is, educational requirements for today’s chiropractor are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.
Moreover, a chiropractor’s education never ends. After entering practice, all chiropractors must complete continuing professional development courses and seminars to upgrade and improve their skills and to stay current on the latest scientific research.
Chiropractic education requires at least 4 years of professional study and includes a 4-year undergraduate/college prerequisite in most states.
During the academic 4-5 year program, students must successfully complete a number of national board examinations which are required for licensure. In addition, students must spend several hundred hours of internship in which they treat patients suffering from true health ailments while under professional supervision. Some schools actually begin introducing and training students to the clinical setting in just their second year of studies. This ensures that the graduating doctors of chiropractic will have all the necessary education, skills and clinical experience to provide exceptionally safe and effective chiropractic health care. Many colleges have additionally employed externship programs in which student interns assist field doctors in their private practices prior to graduation.
You may be surprised to learn that chiropractic doctors receive more class and study time in many important subjects compared with their medical counterparts.
- Medical Students – 510 Class Hours
- Chiropractic Students – 540 Class Hours
- Medical Students – 325 Class Hours
- Chiropractic Students – 630 Class Hours
- Medical Students – 110 Class Hours
- Chiropractic Students – 320 Class Hours
- Medical Students – 155 Class Hours
- Chiropractic Students – 210 Class Hours
- Medical Students – 150 Class Hours
- Chiropractic Students – 360 Class Hours