So You Want To Become a Chiropractor

Chiropractors graduating.Chiropractors are medical practitioners who treat patients for a variety of healthcare problems, mainly in the back, neck and joints. A chiropractic career can be very rewarding for individuals who are interested in caring for patients holistically and prefer to take a hands-on approach to their care.

While chiropractic care was once considered to be an oddity, other medical practitioners have come to realize that the conservative approach applied by doctors of chiropractic can complement or even replace “traditional” medical treatment. This understanding really benefits patients who are now free to become more active participants in their healthcare.

Chiropractic- General Education

If you want to become a doctor of chiropractic, you can plan on spending a lot of time in school. After graduating high school, potential chiropractors will need to study for an undergraduate degree. This generally takes about four years to attain, and studies generally tend to focus on anatomy and physiology or other hard sciences. Some chiropractic colleges require a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field before allowing you to enroll.

Chiropractic School

While you are working on your undergraduate degree, you’ll want to start exploring chiropractic colleges. There are several around the United States, including the Palmer Institute in Davenport, Iowa. This college was founded by D.D. Palmer, the father of chiropractic in 1897. His son took over the school a few years later and the college has been training students ever since. Most chiropractic colleges require a period of four years in order to complete the program successfully.

A spine in a chair.After Graduating

Even after 20 years of education, you’re still not ready to go perform chiropractic procedures. In order to practice, you must pass state licensing requirements for your state. This four part exam allows potential chiropractors to work in most states in this country. However, some states require an additional state examination before licensing. Once you’ve passed the state licensing, you have to continue your studies periodically to retain your license.

Chiropractic school isn’t easy, but if you’re looking for a rewarding career where you can heal people and lead them to wellness, you can’t do much better than a job as a chiropractor. Talk to your chiropractic team today for a frank opinion on this exciting career.

 

 

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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