Understanding the Chiropractic Profession

If you’re interested in becoming a chiropractor, or if you’re just wondering what education your chiropractor received, this article will guide you through a quick overview of the necessary steps to become a doctor of chiropractic.

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The educational requirements for chiropractors are among the most stringent of all the health care professions combined. After leaving high school, potential chiropractors typically enroll in a traditional four year university. During their pre-med education, they’ll typically take courses in chemistry, biology, psychology and physics. These classes give a future chiropractor the basic knowledge that they’ll need before they can even begin to take more specialized lessons.

While they’re pursuing their bachelor’s degree, students who wish to go to Chiropractic College will attempt to gain admittance to one of the 18 accredited colleges of chiropractic in this country.

  1. Cleveland Chiropractic College Kansas City
  2. D’Youville College
  3. Life University
  4. Life Chiropractic College West
  5. Logan College of Chiropractic/University Programs
  6. National University of Health Sciences
  7. National University of Health Sciences of St. Petersburg
  8. New York Chiropractic College
  9. Northwestern Health Sciences University
  10. Palmer College of Chiropractic-Davenport Campus (The original College of Chiropractic)
  11. Palmer College of Chiropractic- Florida Campus
  12. Palmer College of Chiropractic- West Campus
  13. Parker University
  14. Sherman College of Chiropractic
  15. Southern California University of Health Sciences
  16. Texas Chiropractic College
  17. University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic
  18. University of Western States

In order to gain admission, a student must have completed 90 credit hours of undergraduate education while maintaining a 2.5 minimum GPA.

After being accepted by their Chiropractic College, a chiropractic student’s work really begins to heat up. A typical chiropractic degree requires four to five years of postgraduate work. It is often further required that future chiropractors complete at least one year in a clinical-based program providing patients with hands on care.

Upon graduation, the student may then spend additional time working toward specialization if they choose. However, whether a chiropractor elects to specialize in a particular area of chiropractic care or not, they will still need to pass state licensing requirements before being allowed to practice.

As you can see, doctors of chiropractic spend as much time in school as a primary health care doctor. Their extensive education provides them with a unique ability to diagnose and treat a variety of health care problems.


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