How to Become a Chiropractor
So you are thinking of choosing a career as a chiropractor? Becoming a chiropractor is not necessarily easy but it’s worth the work for those wanting to help others. Chiropractors have many years of schooling to earn their doctorate degree in chiropractic, and they continue to learn about chiropractic with continuing education throughout their careers. Here are some things to consider about chiropractic education.
Chiropractic schools all require a minimum for undergraduate college credit hours. Individual Chiropractic schools may have other requirements beyond this minimum. In the United States, the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) sets the minimum requirement for prospective chiropractic students. The CCE is the accreditation organization for Doctor of Chiropractic Programs.
Chiropractic Pre-Requisites, Undergraduate Studies
Currently, candidates for chiropractic school must have at least 90 undergraduate semester credit hours with specific course requirements that include: Physics, Biology, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Psychology, English, and Social Studies or Humanities. Ninety credit hours is equivalent to three undergraduate academic years and is the same minimum requirement for medical or dental school. There is no specific requirement for an undergraduate degree so long as the above-mentioned credit hours are completed, though most successful applicants to a chiropractic college have a four-year undergraduate degree.
In what is believed to be a means to reduce competition, some states like Florida, Kansas, Maryland, and Rhode Island, instituted a requirement that an undergraduate degree must be obtained before matriculation to chiropractic college, or a chiropractic license will not be granted in those States. In the future, US-based chiropractic schools may require a four-year degree as a minimum requirement. The CCE policy regarding chiropractic prerequisites will change in 2014 making the minimum required GPA of 3.0.
After pre-requisite courses are completed or an undergraduate degree is obtained, you may apply to specialized four-year chiropractic programs offered at chiropractic institutions. As of 2007, the Council on Chiropractic Education had accredited a total of sixteen chiropractic institutions. An excellent curriculum vitae and academic record is certainly an advantage in applying to a chiropractic program.