A chiropractor’s education is thorough and demanding.
Before entering a collegiate school of chiropractic students must complete 2-4 years of undergraduate work. During this time, there is an emphasis on basic sciences including organic chemistry, general chemistry, physics, biology, and psychology.
After completing the undergraduate requirements, students go on to attend a chiropractic college where they study for 4-5 years. Academic course work includes an in-depth study of anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, radiology, biomechanics, spinal adjustive techniques, and a variety of other health-related areas. Besides studying and attending classes, chiropractic students must complete a series of national board examinations. In addition, students must complete several hundred hours of internship work.
Upon graduation and passing all national board examinations, students must take a state board exam in the state they wish to practice chiropractic.
Once licensed, most states require Doctors of Chiropractic to attend annual seminars in order to maintain a high level of competency and keep technical skills sharp and as current as possible.