A chiropractor’s education is thorough and demanding.
Undergraduate Education: 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.
Graduate Education: 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.
Licensure: Upon graduation and passing all national board examinations, students must take a state board exam in the state they wish to practice chiropractic.
The Learning Never Ends: 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.