Chiropractic Education

Sellar Chiropractic Clinic, Concord, NH


Chiropractic Education

Educational Requirements

Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.  Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard.  Because of the hands-on nature of chiropractic, and the intricate adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical training.  Source: American Chiropractic Association

Chiropractors spend thousands of hours and many years mastering the science and art of locating and correcting subluxations. After college requirements are fulfilled, students spend over four years of chiropractic study, which includes classroom, laboratory and internship training.

After graduation the new chiropractor must pass exams in the states in which he or she wishes to practice.  Each state has its own licensing laws and licensing examinations, as it does for dentistry, osteopathy, medicine, law and other professions.

Chiropractors also participate in required continuing education.

Comparison of Medical and Chiropractic Education

Course Description Chiropractic Student Hours Medical Student Hours
Anatomy 520 508
Physiology 420 326
Pathology 271 335
Chemistry 300 325
Bacteriology 114 130
Diagnosis 370 374
Neurology 320 112
X-Ray 217 148
Psychiatry 65 144
Obstetrics & Gynecology 65 198
Orthopedics 225 156
Specialty Courses 1598 1492
Total Hours 4,485 4,248