How does a person become a Chiropractor?


To become a chiropractor, a person must typically complete the following steps:

  • Obtain a Bachelor’s Degree: First the individual needs to have a Bachelor’s degree, which is usually in a health-related field such as biology, physiology, or kinesiology. Most chiropractic colleges require applicants to have a Bachelor’s degree before enrolling, though some may accept students with other undergraduate degrees. During the undergraduate years, students should focus on taking courses in science, anatomy, and physiology to prepare for chiropractic school.

  • Attend an Accredited Chiropractic College: The individual must attend a chiropractic college, post baccalaureate, accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) or the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CACCE). There are currently 15 chiropractic colleges in the United States that are accredited by these institutions. Chiropractic programs usually take four years to complete, and students receive a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree upon graduation, and will consist of both classroom instruction and clinical training.

The curriculum of a chiropractic program includes courses in anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnosis, and chiropractic techniques. Students also learn about patient management, communication skills, and business practices. In addition, they gain hands-on experience through clinical rotations at chiropractic clinics or hospitals.

  • Pass National Board Exams: After completing their chiropractic education, the individual must pass the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) exams. The exams cover four main areas: Part I – Basic Science, Part II – Clinical Science, Part III – Clinical Skills, and Part IV – Practical Examination. Each part must be passed before the individual can become licensed to practice chiropractic.

  • Obtain a State License: Once the individual has passed the NBCE exams, they must obtain a state license to practice chiropractic in the state where they plan to work. Each state has its own licensing requirements, which typically include passing a state exam and completing continuing education credits.

After becoming licensed, chiropractors can choose to specialize in a particular area of practice such as sports chiropractic, pediatrics, or rehabilitation. They may also choose to start their own chiropractic practice or work in a group practice. Chiropractors must maintain their license by completing continuing education credits to stay up to date with the latest developments in their field.

Overall, becoming a chiropractor requires completing a rigorous educational and licensing process. However, for those passionate about helping people and interested in natural healthcare, it can be a rewarding career path.



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