Do Chiropractors have to go to school?
Yaphet Hill (Houston, TX) on Jun 27, 2012
Yes, chiropractors go to school. It's a 3.5-4 years program consisting of a great deal of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, radiology, and physical medicine.
Arthur Reid (Brandon, FL) on Jun 27, 2012
In fact, educational requirements for today's chiropractor are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions. Today's chiropractic education has a strong emphasis on science. Many years ago the education that chiropractors received was purposefully narrow. Without the interest in prescribing medicines or performing surgery, chiropractic education focused on anatomy, the philosophy of natural healing, the wisdom of the body and adjusting techniques. Today's chiropractor receives a much broader education. In fact, it is quite comparable to that received by medical practitioners. Before acceptance to a four-year chiropractic college, prospective chiropractors must complete a minimum of three years of undergraduate work with a heavy emphasis on the basic sciences. Some states, like Florida, requires a bachelor's degree for licensure prior to enrolling in chiropractic college. This focus on science continues during the first two years of study, emphasizing classroom and laboratory work in anatomy, physiology, public health, microbiology, pathology and biochemistry. Later, the focus is on specialized subjects, including chiropractic philosophy and practice, along with chiropractic diagnosis and adjusting methods. Since chiropractors don't prescribe drugs, instead of studying pharmacology and surgery, they receive an even deeper training in anatomy, physiology, rehabilitation, nutrition, diagnosis, X-ray and a variety of adjusting techniques that aren't taught in any other health care field. Criticizing the educational achievements of today's chiropractor is an outdated belief from another era. Chiropractic Education, read more>> http://www.chirotips.com/chiropractic_education.htm References John McMillam Mennell, MD, Medicine, Monopolies and Malice, 1996, Avery Publishing, Garden City, NJ pp. 121, 154-155. Patient Media;Bill Esteb
Paul Hodgson (Carlsbad, CA) on Jun 27, 2012
Chiropractors actually have more hours of training than a medical doctor - 4,485 hours compared to 4,248. Chiropractors have more anatomy, physiology, bacteriology, diagnosis, neurology, x-ray, and orthopedic hours than a medical doctor. The real benefit to seeing a chiropractor, beyond their advanced training, is the philosophy they hold that your body is whole and can heal itself, not lacking and constantly needing medications and surgeries. It is quite different from the typical allopathic medical approach that treats symptoms, not causes.
Telli Counts (Columbia, SC) on Jun 27, 2012
Yes, chiropractosr go to 4 years of graduate school. All schools requires you to have a bachelor's degree before applying to any of the 20 schools in the US.
Ricky Fishman (San Francisco, CA) on Jun 27, 2012
Chiropractors have a minimum of two years of college, though most complete their BA or BS degrees prior to entering chiropractic college. Chiropractic school consists of an additional four years of postgraduate education. Chiropractors are then awarded a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) In addition, chiropractors must do a minimum of twelve hours of continuing education each year in order to maintain their license.
David Francis Fair (Knoxville, TN) on Jun 27, 2012
It has been 25 years since I graduated, but I believe the minimum undergraduate college level courses for chiropractors is about two years (including: Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Physics, English, General Psychology, Anatomy & Physiology, etc.) followed by an additional four year academic doctoral program (more classroom hours then the average MD program), followed by an additional 9 month or longer clinical residency (not as long as most MD residencies). Most chiropractors today have a four year college degree (B.A., B.S.). In my case, I have 10 years of college and graduate level training. As mentioned above, these requirements may be changing of late.
Eli Cummings (Conroe, TX) on Jun 27, 2012
Yes, Chiropractors must have a bachelor's degree and pass an entrance exam to be accepted to a chiropractic college. Most chiropractic colleges require another 3-4 years of graduate level training. So most Doctors of Chiropractic have had 7-8 years of college. Once they've graduated they must then pass a state board exam to be licensed to practice in the their state of choice. Every year the doctor must maintain his license by taking courses to stay up to date on the most current practices, science and techniques.
Al Jameson (Houston, TX) on Jun 27, 2012
Yes. In fact, chiropractors go to school as long as medical doctors, optometrists, dentists, and podiatrists. This requires thousands of hours of classroom and practical training and four rigorous board exams given at various times throughout school. If they do well, they become doctors of chiropractic, designated by the D.C. at the end of their names. Chiropractors have the ability to diagnose musculoskeletal problems and put together treatment plans. You can also see a chiropractor directly on most insurances without first needing to go to a medical doctor.
Kamlesh Patel (Lawrenceville, GA) on Jun 27, 2012
Please refer to the following website: http://www.physiciansplus.net/chiropractic/facts.cfm
David Leonard (Raymore, MO) on Jan 6, 2013
Yes, chiropractors attend 8 years of college just like medical doctors
Lawson Sealey (Newport Beach, CA) on Nov 1, 2012
Chiropractic curiculum is a doctorate program consisting of approximately five years of schooling including internship. The study program is very similar to medical school utilizing class lecture hours, gross anatomy, radiology, didactic reasoning, and much more. This doctorate degree requires about three to four years of undergraduate credits in order to be accepted into the program. Once completed it requires completion of multiple state board exams followed by a jurisprudence examination which varies between states. Upon completion the specialty is referred to as: Doctor of Chiropractic.
Philip O'Brien (Bethlehem, PA) on Oct 22, 2012
Yes chiropractors have to go to school. It is a rigorous educational program. In fact, chiropractors have more hours in radiology, neurology, and neuroanatomy. The first two years are very similar to medical school. After two years, chiropractic education focuses on kinesiology and bio-mechanics where medical doctors focus more on learning medicines to treat the issues presented in their office. Medical doctors have to pass 1 set of boards. Chiropractic physicians have to pass four boards taken over three years that were designed by the AMA. As with any advice I give my patients, all doctors are not created equal. There are good and bad doctors in any profession. Perform due diligence and find someone who is competent to fix whatever issues you are seeking treatment for.
Jay Sweet (Olympia, WA) on Sep 4, 2012
Of course! We are licensed by the state in which we practice after completing school for a Doctorate in Chiropractic. Prerequisites to gain entrance to Chiropractic Colleges or Universities vary. Some require an Associates degree in Sciences, some a Bachelors. Chiropractic school usually consists of four years of school (same as Medical Doctors, but with different emphasis) which average 12 quarters and about 35 credit hours each quarter (as opposed to about 15 at a four year institution). After graduation, doctors must pass National Board exams and then can sit for state exams. Hope that answer helps!