Educational Requirements

The educational requirements for chiropractors are similar to that of medical doctors. Chiropractors must complete four years of undergraduate study to be accepted into one of the nation's 17 accredited chiropractic colleges, where they must complete another 5 years of study. In their last year, they must complete a one-year internship at a college clinic. 

Chiropractic college students receive classroom and laboratory work in anatomy, physiology, public health, microbiology, pathology, pharmatoxicology, biochemistry; as well as courses in areas such as physical and laboratory diagnosis, neurology, orthopedics, geriatrics, physiotherapy, nutrition, biomechanics, radiology, and of course, manipulation and spinal adjustments.

Many chiropractic colleges rotate interns through hospital rounds with medical students. Dr. Brock had several rotations through Cal State Northridge's renown physcial therapy department.

After obtaining their Doctor of Chiropractic degree, chiropractors must take and pass an exam from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE), and an exam from each state they wish to practice in.

All 50 states license Doctors of Chiropractic to practice. All chiropractors must meet certain requirements, including:

  • Completion of a four- or five-year chiropractic college course of study at an accredited program leading to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
  • Satisfactory completion of board exams.
  • Ongoing continuing education courses or programs offered by accredited chiropractic programs and institutions, as well as chiropractic associations.

Chiropractors also are able to obtain certification in such areas as orthopedics, neurology, sports injuries, occupational and industrial health, nutrition, diagnostic imaging, thermography, and internal disorders.

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