Doctors of Chiropractic Medicine (DC) focus on "disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health." Often referred to as chiropractors, chiropractic physicians "practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling." (ACA, 2015).
Students who seek to enter an accredited College of Chiropractic Medicine need to have completed at least 90 credit hours of pre-medical coursework. Similar to other professional health degree programs, "chiropractic students spend a significant portion of their curriculum studying clinical subjects related to evaluating and caring for patients. Typically, as part of their professional training, they must complete a minimum of a one-year clinical-based program dealing with actual patient care. In total, the curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience" (ACA, 2015).
For more information about becoming a chiropractor please visit ACA.
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Program Quick Facts
Education Association: ACC (Association of Chiropractic Colleges)
Application Service: ChiroCAS (Chiropractic Centralized Application Service)
Entrance Exam: None
Length of Program: 4 years