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Chiropractor Education Requirements

Chiropractors must enjoy working with and helping people, as it is a very hands-on medical profession. They need to be good listeners and observers to help them diagnose their patients. Good communication skills are also important so that they can effectively explain their patient's conditions and treatments to them.

The educational path to becoming a chiropractor is similar to becoming a doctor. The student must take undergraduate courses in science. While requirements to attend colleges of chiropractic medicine vary between schools and countries, many aspiring chiropractors earn a bachelor's degree before applying to chiropractic school. This may eventually become the universal requirement for admission. Currently, the minimum amount of undergraduate education required is 90 credit hours.

A Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree is a four-year graduate degree. There are actually more classroom and supervised clinical hours required to earn a DC than for a medical degree. Like medical school, the first two years of chiropractic school consist of mostly classroom learning and lab work in subjects such as biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, anatomy, physiology, and other science courses. In the second two years, students begin clinical work and learn to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients. This is when they will learn to use diagnostic equipment as well, such as x-rays. Some chiropractic colleges follow a traditional school calendar with summers off while others are in session all year long so that the program can be completed in a shorter amount of time.

Before being able to practice as a chiropractor, the student must pass national board exams. In the US, he or she will also need to pass their state's licensing exam.

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Further Reading

  • Chiropractic Schools reviews.planetc1.com

    A list of chiropractic schools in the USA

  • How To Become A Chiropractor www.docalandc.com

    A chiropractor is a medical practitioner who helps people deal with neck, back and muscle pain. Those who take the time to learn this skill should not have a difficult time getting a job or opening a practice upon graduation.

  • Becoming A Chiropractor (In Canada) www.chirofed.ca

    Individuals interested in becoming a chiropractor will have to make a substantial investment of time in their education.

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Recommended Books

  • Manipulation of the Spine, Thorax and Pelvis with DVD: An Osteopathic Perspective www.amazon.com

    This highly illustrated, step-by-step guide gives detailed instructions for dozens of different manipulation techniques, covering all levels of the spine, thorax, and pelvis. It also includes a helpful overview of the principles and theory of spinal manipulation and its use in clinical practice. The accompanying DVD contains video clips demonstrating the techniques described in the book.

  • The Medical War against Chiropractors: The Untold Story from Persecution to Vindication www.amazon.com

    Without question the longest war fought by the American Medical Association has been against chiropractors. After a century of assailing chiropractic as quackery, the table has finally turned with the medical profession now on the defensive, a fact the public has yet to hear but is well documented in this book with the latest scientific findings. This is the untold story of the medical war against chiropractic from persecution to vindication that could only be told by a chiropractic advocate.

  • Chiropractic: Alternative Health Care www.amazon.com

    An introductory text on the philosophy of chiropractic, for both chiropractic students and practitioners and those interested in the practice and philosophy of alternative health care.

  • Pediatric Chiropractic www.amazon.com

    Pediatric Chiropractic, Second edition is a comprehensive resource that covers a wide range of information on pediatric chiropractic care. An international panel of 42 experts contributed to this book.

  • How to Become a Chiropractor www.amazon.com

    Written by Dr Janis Laking

  • Rehabilitation of the Spine: A Practitioner's Manual www.amazon.com

    The foremost authorities from chiropractics, orthopaedics and physical therapy present a practical overview of spinal rehabilitation. This clinical resource presents the most current and significant spinal rehab information, showing how to apply simple and inexpensive rehabilitation in the office.

How to Become a Chiropractor

Interested in becoming a chiropractor? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good chiropractor? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

    Take the free career test
  2. Get the Education

    A doctorate degree is required to be a Chiropractor.

  3. Get Hired

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    Would you like to post jobs on this career? Find the best candidates using Sokanu's new psychometric job platform. Visit employers.sokanu.com today.