Have you ever wondered how much education your Doctor of Chiropractic is required to have compared to a medical doctor? Look at these basic educational requirements for graduates of both chiropractic colleges and medical schools. Each has its own specialties, but the hours of classroom instruction are about the same.
The early, formative years of chiropractic education, like those or medicine, may have left much to be desired. But this is true of nearly every science in its infancy.
Doctors of Chiropractic must satisfy a demanding academic course that leads to a first professional degree requiring six academic years of study -- two years preparatory and four years professional.
Chiropractors must meet stringent educational requirements, including approximately 600 hours of externship, which qualify them for licensure in all states and Canadian provinces.
Chiropractors are required to pass stringent national board examinations as a prerequisite for licensure in most states. And, in most states, the Doctor of Chiropractic must stay abreast of the latest health care techniques by attending seminars and other special study programs.
If you are in need of relief from any of a wide range of ailments, pain, or suffering, don't overlook the Doctor of Chiropractic. He or she has worked and studied many long hours to gain the necessary knowledge to help you feel well again. Give your chiropractor, and yourself, the chance you both deserve! If you know others who are uninformed about chiropractors' education, why not share this information with them.
* The Class hours for basic science comparisons were compiled and averaged following a review of curricula of 18 chiropractic colleges and 22 medical schools, based on the 1988-89 Association of American Medical Colleges Curriculum Directory (AAMC), Vickie Ahari, Editor, and the Chiropractic College Admissions and Curriculum Directory 1988-89, K. Magarian and K. McNamee, editors.
** Pathology includes Geriatrics and Pediatrics.
*** Included EENT and Dermatology.