Chiropractic Education

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In some recent surveys it was surprising to note that some people were unaware of the educational level of a Doctor of Chiropractic. The basic question was, “Is the education of a Doctor of Chiropractic at the same level as a Medical Doctor?” The correct answer is, of course, yes.

Doctors of Chiropractic undergo a rigorous and demanding professional education equivalent to any other primary care provider. To obtain a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, they must complete several years of prerequisite undergraduate education and spend nearly the same number of classroom hours at a fully-accredited chiropractic college as MDs do in medical schools.

Student doctors are thoroughly trained in the appropriate use of sophisticated analytical equipment including X-rays, examination procedures, and state of the art chiropractic investigative technologies.

Before they can practice, all Doctors of Chiropractic must pass a series of National Boards, as well as a licensing exam for the state in which they choose to practice. Even after all that, most states require the doctors to attend clinical continuing education programs for annual relicensure.

What does it take to become a chiropractor today?

According to many sources Chiropractic is the second largest health care profession.  Some articles and authors have referred to chiropractic as “alternative” care.  This label may not fit in the face of the growing numbers of people seeking chiropractic care as it has become a very popular way to help people feel better. 

In the 1998 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine is an article on chiropractic that makes a profound statement, “Even to call chiropractic alternative is problematic, in many ways it is distinctly mainstream.”

Even with all this growth and increased popularity of the field, many people are unaware of the rigors of a chiropractic education.

In order to become a “Doctor of Chiropractic” chiropractic students must go through college and a chiropractic program every bit as strenuous and in-depth as other health care practitioners. 

The next time you visit your chiropractor’s office, look for their credentials. They will most likely have hanging certificates, licenses and degrees from their institution of choice. And if you notice a degree from the Palmer Institute in Iowa, rest assured that they are qualified in the field.

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