CHIROPRACTIC EDUCATION

Chiropractic colleges are four year post-graduate institutions. Training includes classroom and laboratory work in addition to an internship period in a chiropractic clinic or an externship period where chiropractic students assist field chiropractors in their office for a time. Following graduation, the new chiropractor must pass license exams in every state that he or she wishes to practice in.

The following is a comparison of required course hours for Medical School and Chiropractic School:

Course ..................................Medical School........................Chiropractic School

Anatomy....................................... 296 ........................................... 800 ............

Biology of Disease........................ 562 ........................................... ---- ............

Biochemistry.................................. 80 ........................................... 160 .............

Endocrinology ............................... 40............................................ 80 ..............

General Medicine...........................460........................................... ----.............

Chiropractic Technique & Philos.... ----.......................................... 815.............

Microbiology................................ 103........................................... 192.............

Neuroscience............................... 120........................................... 272.............

Obstetrics/Gynocology................. 220........................................... 160 ............

Pathology ................................... 123 .......................................... 336 ............

Pediatrics ................................... 220 ............................................ 32 ............

Diagnosis (physical) ................... 174 ............................................480 ...........

Radiology .................................... 15 ........................................... 240 ...........

Surgery ...................................... 460 .......................................... ---- ...........

Pharmacology ............................ 126 .......................................... ---- ...........

Psychiatry/Psychology ................ 249 ........................................... 64 ...........

Clinical Nutrition ........................ ---- ............................................ 96 ..........

Community Med.(Epidemiology)... 18........................................... ---- ..........

Public Health .............................. ----.......................................... 176 ..........

Home Medical Science ................ 66 .......................................... ---- ..........

Office Proc. & Jurisprudence....... ---- ........................................... 32 ..........

Clinic (Chiropractic) ................... ---- .......................................... 888 .........

Electives ....................................1700 .......................................... 288 ........

TOTAL HOURS:.......................5222..........................................5112.........

SOURCE: International Chiropractors Association, 1991, Chiropractic Science and Practice in the U.S.