How long do Doctors of Chiropractic go to school?

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.