How do I Become a Chiropractor?
6 January 2010
If you have a deep interest in Life Sciences and a real desire to serve people in addition to make money, chiropractor, or the practitioner of chiropractic is just the right choice for you. Here’s all you need to know in order to become a chiropractor, that is, a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.).
Essential Educational Background
The minimum educational qualification to enter a chiropractic college is completion of a minimum of two years of undergraduate degree. However, most applicants who enter top chiropractic colleges are those who have completed a four year degree. As a matter of fact, in not too distant a future, a four year degree is expected to become the required minimum for chiropractic colleges in the U.S.
Moreover, to become a good chiropractor, you must concentrate on science subjects, viz. Biology, Physics, Chemistry and / or Psychology in addition to English.
After the completion of the undergraduate program, you will have to apply for a specialized four year course of a chiropractic college. You can apply to any of the 18 chiropractic colleges accredited by the Council of Chiropractic Education (CCE). You can visit the website of CCE (cce-usa.org) for more information.
Curriculum in a Chiropractic College
In the initial two years, a chiropractic college builds up the foundation for the career of a chiropractor. The subjects covered during these two years are- microbiology, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, anatomy and public health. These subjects are covered both through theoretical instruction and laboratory work. In the last two years, chiropractic colleges provide more and more hands-on experience. Practical instruction on spinal adjustment and manipulation is the focus at this stage. Students also learn the practicals of laboratory diagnosis, clinical orthopedics, neurology, physiotherapy, geriatrics and nutrition. After the successful completion of this intensive study and training, you get the degree of Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.).
Post Degree Requirements
After obtaining their degree, the aspiring chiropractors need to obtain a license in the state they want to practice in. For this, they have to pass one more, state conducted exam. Most states base their exams on the basis of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners’ syllabus, wholly or partially. However, some tests may have some additional testing. After successfully going through these tests you are ready to launch your chiropractic career in the state you have obtained license for. Since continuing education is very important in health care careers, licensed chiropractors, except in the state of New Jersey, are also required to keep participating in on-going education, to maintain their licenses.
Fee and Other Costs
On an average, you will have to pay approximately $5,625 per quarter, not counting the cost of books and lab. And of course your living expenses will be in addition to these. However, this shouldn’t send you into despair; educational loans are available to cover the full expenses which you can easily repay once you launch your career on the highway to success.