Chiropractor educational requirements are every bit as stringent as a traditional medical doctor, and in some ways more thorough.
Because a chiropractor deals with such a wide variety of physical conditions, a broad education is necessary. They learn all about the structure and function of the human body, how health is achieved and maintained, and the disease processes, with an emphasis on spinal functions and disorders as they relate to an individual’s overall health.
The average Chiropractor Education consists of 5 steps:
- Undergraduate Education
- Chiropractic Education
- State and Federal Licensure
- Continuing Education and Training
- Postgraduate Studies
Undergraduate studies consist of 4 years of pre-med classes, with an emphasis on things like physics, biology, psychology, anatomy, and chemistry (both organic and general.) Extremely similar in all regards to a traditional medical doctor’s undergraduate work.
From there, aspiring chiropractors attend a chiropractic college for a total of 4 years, with coursework again very similar in most respects to medical school. From anatomy and physiology to neurology and radiology, a chiropractic education covers a broad range of medical knowledge.
During this process of education, several hundred hours of hands-on internships are required, as well as a number of national board examinations required for licensure. Many colleges require additional externships (the equivalent of a residency) prior to graduation and licensure.
Once a student has completed their formal education process, a total of 8 years worth, they must undergo both a number of national board exams, as well as specific state examinations for any state in which they wish to practice. This ensures that they are capable of providing the highest quality of Chiropractic Care.
But, as with any other doctor, continuing education is necessary to stay on the cutting edge of treatment. This occurs in the form of annual seminars, attendance at which is required to keep one’s license and continue practicing chiropractic medicine.
Some Doctors of Chiropractic Medicine elect to continue their education further by attending 1-3 year postgraduate programs to specialize in areas such as neurology, orthopedics, radiology, sports medicine, pediatrics, nutrition and more.
As you can see, a Chiropractic Education is detailed and thorough in every way. The following graphic may be of interest, as it depicts the similarities between a chiropractic education and a traditional medical doctor’s education:
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