Many people seem surprised to find out that the chiropractic education process is so extensive. The initial step is completing a typical “pre-med” undergraduate college degree. Courses include biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology, various science labs, as well as all the liberal art requirements. Many states now require 4 years of college in addition to the 4 to 5 academic years of chiropractic education to practice in their particular state.
The basic sciences are covered in the first half of the educational process, after which time successful completion of the National Boards Part 1 examination is required to move into the second half — the clinical sciences. National Boards Parts 2, 3, 4 and 5 must then be passed to practice Chiropractic.
From there, internships, residence programs, and preceptorships become available to the chiropractic student. The degree of Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) is awarded upon successful completion of the required course of study.
After graduating, residence programs including (but not limited to) orthopedics, neurology, pediatrics, radiology, sports medicine, rehabilitation, internal medicine, and others are options. Many various Masters and Doctorate programs in specialty areas are also available.
As a Doctor of Chiropractic, I am committed to providing the highest quality care available to my patients. I coordinate care with other doctors when appropriate, in the quest to help patients in the most efficient, economical, and evidence-based approach possible.