A Chiropractor's Education
Two years after discovering the
benefit of chiropractic care, D.D. Palmer opened the first chiropractic college. It was 1897 in Davenport, Iowa,
when the Palmer Infirmary and Chiropractic Institute opened its doors. Less than a century later, there are 18
chiropractic colleges in the US and eigh in six different countries.
Chiropractic Education is every bit as
comprehensive as is medical education. Before being accepted by a chiropractic college, students must have
completed a minimum of two years of undergraduate work with a heavy emphasis on basic sciences.
Once in chiropractic college, the
four-year course of study is longer than that required of most medical students. In addition to classroom and
labwork, each student chiropractor must complete a period of internship during which students care for patients
under the close supervision of instructors. This is often followed by an ex-ternship program during which students
assist field chiropractors in their offices. Since these students dont yet have degrees and licenses, they dont
adjust spines. They are there to assist, observe, and learn.
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This comparison chart is based on the review of
curriculum catalogues from eleven chiropractic colleges and twenty-two medical schools in the United States. It
clearly shows that chiropractors are among the best trained health practitioners you can find. Please note that
chiropractic schools study both geriatrics and pediatrics, while eye, ear, nose, throat and dermatology are
combined with diagnosis.
After students have acquired necessary foundation
of knowledge during the early part of their schooling, they later focus on specialized subjects, including
chiropractic philosophy and practice, along with chiropractic diagnosis and adjusting techniques that aren't taught
in any other health care field.
Before obtaining their degree, all students must
complete approximately nine-hundred hours of work in the clinic setting. Because chiropractic students don't have
to spend time studying pharmacology or surgery as their medical counterparts do, they are given additional training
in anatomy, nutrition, diagnosis, palpation, X-ray, and a variety of adjustment techniques. In fact, chiropractic
students log more educational hours in these subjects than their medical counterparts.
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chiropractic school in the world.)
After new chiropractors have graduated, they must
then pass a state license exam in any state where they wish to practice. Most graduates take the National Board of
Chiropractic Examination which tests the doctor's knowledge in many areas. These particular tests are so
comprehensive that most states now accept them as the state license exam. In addition, a Doctor of Chiropractic
must also pass a practical exam and interview conducted by the Board State of Chiropractic Examiners in the state
where they are seeking a license.
Reference: Rondberg, T., Chiropractic First, The Chiropractic Journal,