Chiropractic Education


A Chiropractic education requires a minimum of 3 years of undergraduate study before being accepted into a Chiropractic College. Then an additional 5 "academic years" of post graduate education is required. This can be completed in 3 1/2 years if a student attends school all year round without any breaks.

Chiropractic Education Compared to Medical Education

                                                        Chiropractic classroom hours                     Medical classroom hours 

 Anatomy                           540                                                                508

 Physiology                       240                                                                326

  Pathology                         360                                                                40 1

 Chemistry                         165                                                                325

  Microbiology                   120                                                                114

   Diagnosis                           630                                                                324 

   Neurology                         320                                                                 112

    X-Ray                                   360                                                                 148

    Psychiatry                           60                                                                   144

     Obstetrics                           60                                                                   148

     Orthopedics                    210                                                                   156

         Total Hours                    2,887                                                              2,706

This does not include residency, internships or extra-curricular studies or specialties of either profession.  Upon completion of all educational requirements and graduation, a Doctor of Chiropractic must also pass a 5 part National Board examination to practice in most U.S. states.  They may also need to pass state examinations depending on where they want to practice. This comparison chart is based on the review of curriculum catalogs from eleven chiropractic colleges and twenty-two medical schools in the United States.  

Taken from Chiropractic First by Terry A. Rondberg, D.C., published by The Chiropractic Journal


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