Today's graduating Doctors of Chiropractic have studied and trained in a post-secondary college or university for at least seven years. Just like medical or dental students, they must first complete undergraduate study before applying for admission to a chiropractic college.
Becoming a chiropractor is a demanding and highly rewarding path that includes a minimum of 4,500 hours of intense academic study including classroom learning, clinical science and internship training.
During the course of their training, they will have studied the following:
- Basic sciences, including anatomy, physiology, embryology, nuerology, kinesiology (the study of human movement), pathology (the study of diseases), biochemistry, nutrition, clinical sciences, radiographic (X-ray) imaging and interpretation, physical diagnosis and differential diagnosis.
- Training in the philosophy and practice of chiropractic. This includes chiropractic adjustments, myofascial techniques and rehabilitation/strengthening techniques.
- Clinical residency with an emphasis on hands-on practice of both Chiropractic adjusting and rehabilitation procedures. Your chiropractor is a primary contact provider just like your family physician, optometrist or dentist.
You do not need a referral from your medical doctor to see a chiropractor.