You will be glad to know the education your chiropractor received was very
extensive and demanding. The average medical doctor has attended approximately
4,250 hours of education, depending on specialty, and the average doctor of
chiropractic has attended 4,485 hours of education.
Chiropractic students undergo thorough teachings in the structure and function
of the human body, how disease occurs, and how to prevent, correct and maintain
proper health. Initially, chiropractors must complete - at a minimum - a 2 year
undergraduate education, with most chiropractic colleges
requiring a 4 year undergraduate degree in basic science. Emphasis is placed on
the core sciences, including organic chemistry, general chemistry, physics,
biology, and psychology.
Once undergraduate requirements have been met, a rigorous 4-5 year chiropractic
program begins, which is very similar to that of medical school. Course
requirements include gross anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology,
radiology, biomechanics, spinal and extremity adjusting techniques, along with
a variety of other health sensitive subjects. Chiropractic school focuses on
the ability to recognize and treat various soft tissue and structural
Chiropractic school focuses on developing chiropractors' ability to recognize
and treat various soft tissue and structural disorders. Doctors of Chiropractic
are also trained in identifying disorders that are beyond their scope of
practice and in recognizing when various outside medical referrals are needed. During the 4-5
year program, doctors completed a number of national board exams
required for licensure. Several hundred hours of internship are undergone under
the professional supervision of a Doctor of Chiropractic.
Many doctors also undergo an externship program to further adapt themselves to
actual clinical practice. After graduation, national board exams I-IV must be passed, and depending on the individual state, a state board exam may be given. Once these tasks have been completed, a license to practice
chiropractic will be granted.
Each state requires continuing education of your chiropractor and the majority
of doctors routinely exceed the mandatory CE requirements to ensure knowledge
of latest techniques.
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