Study to be a chiropractor

The Doctor of Chiropractic is a primary contact health care provider whose purpose is to help meet the health needs of the public. As a member of the health care professions, the chiropractor gives particular attention to the relationship of the structural and neurological aspects of the body and is educated in the basic and clinical sciences and related health subjects. Chiropractic science is concerned with the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (primarily coordinated by the nervous system) of the human body, as that relationship may affect the restoration, preservation and enhancement of health.

The purpose of professional education is to prepare the Doctor of Chiropractic as a primary contact health care provider; and to provide a base of knowledge sufficient for the performance of professional obligations. As a gatekeeper to the health delivery system, the Doctor of Chiropractic must be well educated to diagnose, to provide care, and to consult with, or refer to, other health care providers as indicated.

Pre admission requirements include successfully completing a minimum of three years of study at a university or its equivalent. It is strongly recommended that studies include organic chemistry, biology, introductory psychology, and courses in humanities or other social sciences.
As a Chiropractic student, you will be educated as a primary-contact health care practitioner, with emphasis on neuro-musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. This education concentrates on three areas of learning:

  • Basic training in the biological and health sciences including anatomy, physiology, histology, biochemistry, clinical and radiological diagnosis;
  • Specialized training in the chiropractic discipline, including theoretical studies, practice, diagnosis and application; and
  • Extensive clinical training

The course of study leading to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree at an accredited chiropractic institution or program requires a minimum of four academic years and includes internship in a teaching clinic. Interested persons should contact any of the Accredited Schools for details regarding admission and course of study.

The purpose of the curriculum is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the structure and function of the human body in health and disease. The curriculum must be designed and implemented in a manner supportive of the mission, goals and distinctiveness of the institution. The total curriculum must comprise of 4,200 50-minute hours. The curriculum must also be designed and implemented in a manner that will provide appropriate opportunities for the student to become proficient in the cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills necessary for the competent practice of chiropractic.

The Curriculum must include: anatomy; biochemistry; physiology; microbiology; pathology; public health; physical, clinical and laboratory diagnosis; gynecology; obstetrics; pediatrics; geriatrics; dermatology; otolaryngology; diagnostic imaging procedures; psychology; nutrition/dietetics; biomechanics; orthopedics; physiological therapeutics; first aid and emergency procedures; research methods and procedures; professional practice ethics and other subjects appropriate to the mission, goals and distinctiveness of the institution or program.

Clinical internship is an important feature in the educational preparation of the chiropractor to achieve competencies through the clinical experience component of their education.

Canada

USA

Council on Chiropractic Education list of accredited schools in USA

Europe and South Africa

European Council on Chiropractic Education list of accredited schools in Europe and South Africa

Australia, New Zealand and Asia

Council on Chiropractic Education list of accredited schools in Australia, New Zealand and Asia

For information on admission and tuition please contact individual schools.