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Chiropractic Education

These days, the education that a chiropractor receives is quite similar to what medical practitioners receive.

In fact, a recent study says that chiropractic and medical curricula are “more similar than dissimilar.” Some chiropractic colleges require a Bachelor’s degree before enrollment. A doctor of chiropractic’s training generally requires a minimum of five years of college study.

Obviously, medical doctors receive additional training in pharmacology and surgery, whereas chiropractors focus more on physiology, pathology and spinal adjusting techniques.

After passing board examinations and state licensing requirements, today’s chiropractor, like all types of doctors, must attend continuing education classes for relicensure and to stay current on the latest scientific research.

 

SUBJECT

Chiropractic Hours

Medical Hours

Anatomy-Embryology

540

508

Physiology

240

326

Pathology-Geriatrics-Pediatrics

360

401

Chemistry

165

325

Microbiology

120

114

Diagnosis, Dermatology, ENT

630

324

Neurology

320

112

Radiology

360

148

Psychology-Psychiatry

60

144

Obstetrics-Gynecology

60

148

Orthopedics

210

156

TOTAL

3,065

2,706

 

SOURCE: Classroom hours based on the review of curriculum catalogs from eleven chiropractic colleges and twenty-two medical schools in the United States (1996).

 

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