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Chiropractor Schools and Colleges

Most states require that chiropractors earn a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. The D.C. is a postgraduate professional degree that can be completed in about 4 years. Most D.C. programs require that candidates have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours of undergraduate coursework from an accredited college or university, and have taken relevant courses in subjects including physics, chemistry, biology, and laboratory sciences. Even though a bachelor's degree is not required as a prerequisite to entering a chiropractic program, most students earn their bachelor's degree before applying. In addition to coursework, chiropractic students complete many hours of supervised clinical training, where they study spinal manipulation and diagnosis. Upon graduation, chiropractors who intend to specialize in areas such chiropractic radiology or pediatrics will often complete residencies in order to get additional training.

While licensing requirements may vary by state, all states and the District of Columbia require chiropractors to be licensed. The basic licensing requirement shared by all states is that chiropractors complete a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) program accredited by the Council of Chiropractic Education. There are about 15 programs accredited to award D.C. degrees in the United States.

Most states also require that chiropractors pass an exam prior to receiving their license. Some states have their own exams and others use exams administered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners or both. Licensing exams typically include a written portion and a practical evaluation. Continuing education is also a requirement in most states in order to renew or keep your license. You'll want to check with the board of chiropractic examiners or health department in your state for more specific information on licensure.

Below we've listed the chiropractic schools, colleges, and universities offering accredited degree in chiropractic medicine.

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