Chiropractor Education includes a variety of undergraduate courses to prepare the student for future graduate work in a challenging accredited chiropractic school.
The pre-professional education must total a minimum of 90 semester hours of credit earned at an institution or institutions accredited by a nationally recognized agency.
In required science courses all matriculants should have earned a "C" or higher. All matriculants must have earned a 90-hour cumulative and prerequisite grade point average of at least 2.5 on a scale of 4.
Basic Human Anatomy with Lab
Basic Human Physiology with Lab
Intro to Biology with Lab
Microbiology with Lab
Principles of Chemistry I with Lab
Principles of Chemistry II with Lab
Organic Chemistry I with Lab
Organic Chemistry II with Lab
General Physics I with Lab
General Physics II with Lab
Any college level courses in English Department and/or Speech, literature, and mass communications courses
9 semester hours in social science courses (anthropology, economics, geography, history, etc.)
6 semester hours in humanities courses (art drama, foreign language, literature, etc.)
Other business type classes are recommended to fulfill the 90 semester hour requirement.
When deciding on a chiropractic school there are some questions that should be answered.
1. Is the school accredited?
2. What is the philosophy of the school?
3. What are the core techniques?
4. What elective techniques are offered?
5. What is the graduation rate?
6. What is the pass rating on the national board exams?
Once at the chiropractic school a rigorous schedule of basic sciences will consume life for the first 4-5 semesters. After this the student starts on the clinical sciences and the chiropractic science courses.
Student's will usually start clinic internships in semester 7 or 8. The outpatient internship/preceptorship is the last step toward a Doctorate in Chiropractic. At Logan college the curriculum contains around 5,000 clock hours. The Council on Chiropractic requires a minimum of 4,200.
Chiropractor education requires licensure to practice after graduation. For licensure most states require parts I,II,II, and IV exams from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Some states also require passing the physiotherapy exam as well.
Chiropractor education can take from 7 to 9 years to complete and can be very challenging, this is what makes it a special rewarding career.
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