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How Much Education Do Chiropractors Have?

Just how much education do chiropractors receive? In total, a doctor of chiropractic attends an average of seven years of school. Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.'s) must first complete a minimum of two years of college education-focusing on the basic sciences; before they can attend an accredited chiropractic college. Most states require a Bachelor's degree and the majority of practicing D.C.'s completed 8 or more years of total post-secondary education. 

There are accredited chiropractic colleges throughout the country. Like the best teaching schools, they have extensive resources for students; libraries, laboratories, and public clinics. Once in a chiropractic college, students must complete four to five academic years of professional study with no less than 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory, and extensive clinical experience. Some of the courses they are required to take include; anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, and biochemistry, among many others.

Only after all of the requirements are satisfactorily met and more than five national/state examinations completed can a chiropractor become licensed. Then, to further upgrade the competency, knowledge, and the skill level of graduates; each accredited college maintains an ongoing post-graduate education division to provide required continuing education in order to maintain their professional license.

Life University, Marietta, Ga. Established in 1974 by Dr. Sid E. Williams.

Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC. Founded by Dr. Thom Gelardi and named after Lyle W. Sherman, DC, PhC. 

Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. Birthplace of chiropractic.

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