Chiropractic Schools

Keywords; chiropractic schools, chiropractic colleges worldwide.

Colleges can now be found in all the continents except Antartica, of course.

It's is a great career choice giving one financial independence and a pleasant work environment. Working from home clinic is an option, particularly attractive to young women and retired professionals.

Here’s how the book Best Jobs for the twenty first century rates chiropractic as a career.

  • Number 4 for best jobs requiring a graduate or professional degree
  • 3 for best scientific jobs
  • 5 for best-paying jobs for self-employed people
  • 8 for Fastest growing jobs for self employed people
  • 10 for best paying jobs

Those who have earned their doctor of chiropractic degree can start their own practice, work for hospitals, group medical clinics, athletic teams, or continue their careers in research and education. You can also specialize in radiology, sports care, acupuncture, orthopedics, rehabilitation, and more.

They can choose to work in a variety of geographical locations worldwide and often enjoy flexible working hours; there are many Americans now working in the Netherlands and Italy, for example.

Being self employed is a bonus, though multiple doctor practices are more popular for obvious reasons.

Schools falls into one of two broad categories.

  1. A pre chiropractic education in specific sciences at a university or college is required for admission to an accredited institute; the best schools require a bachelor's degree followed by a professional training of 4 to 5 years, or
  2. A single longer post school chiropractic education.

Either way, most programs require a minimum of six years post high school education. While studying for your degree, you’ll take courses in basic sciences such as anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. The highlight for many is the year in the anatomy dissection lab. You’ll also have extensive coursework in medical sciences such as diagnosis, pathology, orthopaedics and neurology, and public health.

This will be accompanied by full training in chiropractic adjustment and technique, and of course the host of conditions that a chiropractor would be called upon to diagnose and treat. In addition there will be courses in other treatment modalities. If you wish to take advantage of all the new opportunities in today’s health care world, look for a chiropractic school that teaches broad scope or primary care education.

Usually this would include a full research dissertation to prepare the young graduate for the modern world where the doctor of chiropractic has to be fully conversant with modern research concepts.

The two part course, followed in the Americas, has the advantage of less fall out. Having completed an initial degree, the young graduate is in a much stronger position to make the correct decision of a life's career. It has the disadvantage of taking slightly longer but proponents would claim it makes for more rounded doctors.

Chiropractic Schools

A patient being carefully treated by a chiropractor, with the use of a special chiropractic table


Model I

"The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make one's mind a pleasant place in which to spend one's leisure."

Sydney J. Harris, 1917 - 1986

Graduates of chiropractic schools receive the degree Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), and are known as "doctor". The Council on Chiropractic Education  sets minimum standards for chiropractic colleges, but additional requirements may be required for a license in the country where a chiropractor chooses to practise.

All nineteen chiropractic colleges in the United States of America are accredited by the council. Several universities in the USA have established a College of Chiropractic within a university.

Students often enter chiropractic schools with a Bachelor's degree, but, in 2005, only one chiropractic institute, The National University of Health Sciences in Chicago demanded this as an admission requirement.

The minimum pre chiropractic education for enrollment set forth by the Council is ninety semester hours, with a minimum grade point average of 2.50.

Commonly required subjects might include biology, psychology, inorganic and organic chemistry, and physics.

Other recommended classes would be human anatomy and embryology, physiology, microbiology, diagnosis and pathology, neurology, x-ray, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, histology.

The chiropractic programme itself would require over four thousand hours of classroom, laboratory, and clinical practise.

The last two years would include courses in joint manipulation and spinal adjustments and provide clinical experience in diverse subjects such as physical and laboratory diagnosis; neurology and orthopedics, pediatrics and geriatrics, physical therapy, rehabilitation and modern nutrition.

"Most people are mirrors, reflecting the moods and emotions of the times;

few are windows, bringing light to bear on the dark corners where troubles fester. The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows."

Sydney J. Harris

Model II

CCE sets the standard for chiropractic education around the world. Many countries outside the USA and Canada, such as Britain, France and South Africa allow for an all-inclusive chiropractic education that begins immediately post school, and generally has a duration of about six years.

The chiropractic educational requirements in both models are not dissimilar.

Chiropractic Colleges Worldwide

Chiropractic Colleges can now be found in the United States, Canada, Brazil, United Kingdom, Denmark, France, Spain, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. (there may be others).

This list is out of date, we are working at it. For a partial list, click here. CHIROPRACTIC COLLEGES WORLDWIDE.

New colleges have been established in Spain and Switzerland.

Retirement Sentiments

Now that I'm busy with my 66th orbit of the sun, and thinking about retirement, I'm very conscious, having lost numerous patients at this age, that retire and expire are not dissimilar words.

A great advantage of Chiropractic as a profession is the capacity to work part time. I now work two hours in the morning, and two hours late in the afternoon, from a home clinic, and have the rest of the day to enjoy the company of family and friends. And have found in myself a not unpleasant companion!

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Physical Therapists providing a Chiropractic adjustment?

Many insurance companies now only pay for physical therapists to provide a chiropractic adjustment; that's in the face of powerful research proving that inclusion of DCs to perform their own technique would save them a good deal of money. One has to conclude that political medicine has gone off on another tack to contain our profession.

It's being successful with some doctors of chiropractic quitting. Others become involved in some dodgy practices, like demanding that patients sign up for a whole year of treatment in advance, in order to stay in business.

In recessionary times, the going is tough when the insurance won't pay.

Is the day approaching for a new Wilk versus the AMA and the insurance companies?

The chiropractic profession has tried hard to stay on the moral high ground; those who stoop to unscrupulous practices need to be exposed and disciplined if we are not to stoop to the low blows that medicine has often resorted to contain and eliminate us.

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