Chiropractors often get asked whether or not we are real doctor. This could be insulting, but the question usually comes from a lack of understanding of the curriculum of a chiropractic college. These are the current requirements so you can decide for yourself.
Chiropractors go through an immense amount of schooling to receive a “Doctor of Chiropractic” degree (also known as a D.C.). Their collegiate agenda is as follows:
– Graduate from a four year college.
– Completing at least two years undergraduate study, with a focus on the sciences.
– Four years of Chiropractic Education.
– Take mandatory internships.
– At least 900 hours of work in a Chiropractic Clinic.
– After graduating, pass a written and oral board exams, at national and state levels.
A Chiropractor may opt to choose to advance their degree in an area of specialty.
These areas include: Chiropractic neurology, radiology, sports medicine, as well as many other fields
This chart shows the number of hours served under study by Chiropractic students and Medical students:
Chiropractic Student Hours Class Description VS. Medical Student Hours
Chiropractic hours Medical hours
520 Anatomy 508
420 Physiology 326
271 Pathology 335
114 Bacteriology 130
370 Diagnosis 374
320 Neurology 112
217 X-Ray 148
65 Psychiatry 144
65 Obstetrics & Gynecology 198
225 Orthopedics 156
2,887 Total Hours 2,756
1,598 Specialty Courses 1,492
4,485 Entire hours 4,248