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Chiropractic Education

The pre-chiropractic education requires a (Baccalaureate degree) 4-year undergraduate/college prerequisite in most states followed by the 4 to 5 years of graduate professional chiropractic education.

Following graduation from chiropractic college the new graduate is required to successfully complete the National Board Examinations. 

Chiropractic education includes the clinical sciences, practical skill areas including diagnostic imaging (x-ray, MRI, CT scans, etc.), physical therapy, chiropractic manipulative technique and case management.   

An internship of 1 year in a college outpatient clinic is also required.

Preceptorship programs are available after the National Board examinations are successfully completed by the student.  The internship requirements must be completed prior to state chiropractic licensure.  In the program, the chiropractic physician is able to acquire the skills included in a private practice setting by working in a clinic outside the teaching institution.

South Carolina, and most other states, requires additional testing and background checks prior to licensing.


Post-graduate requirements for chiropractors:


On a post-graduate educational level, the state of South Carolina requires an additional 24 hours of approved course work credits every two years in order to renew the state license to practice, which is also similar to the requirements in other states.

Post-graduate residency programs are also available in which the chiropractic physician can gain
specialist board certification.  These programs are offered at many of the chiropractic colleges in 3 year programs or can be taken while in active practice at various sites throughout the U.S. 

These chiropractic specialty certification programs include:

1.      Orthopedics

2.      Neurology

3.      Radiology

4.      Sports medicine

5.      Rehabilitation

6.      Nutrition

7.      Family Practice

 

 

The following tables compare professional graduate school education for the Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) and the Medical Doctor (M.D.).

 

Comparison of Hours of Basic Sciences Education in Medical and
Chiropractic Schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparisons of the Overall Curriculum Structure for Chiropractic and
Medical Schools

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject

Chiropractic Schools

Medical Schools

 

Hours

% of Total

Hours

% of Total

Anatomy

570

40

368

31

Biochemistry

150

11

120

10

Microbiology

120

8

120

10

Public Health

70

5

289

24

Physiology

305

21

142

12

Pathology

205

14

162

14

Total Hours

1,420

100%

1,200

100%

Subject

Chiropractic Schools

Medical Schools

 

Mean

Percentage

Mean

Percentage

Basic science hours

1,416

29%

1,200

26%

Clinical science hours

3,406

71%

3,467

74%

Total Contact Hours

4,822

100%

4,667

100%