A Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) is a specialist primarily concerned with the spine and how its interplay with the nervous system affects other body functions. Modern techniques are used to examine and diagnose conditions. Once a diagnosis is reached, the chiropractor may use any one of many techniques to treat the problem, including dietary guidance and manipulation of the spine and musculature.
The educational requirements for chiropractors specify a minimum of two years of pre-chiropractic study and four years of chiropractic school, after which the degree Doctor of Chiropractic is awarded. However, the majority of successful applicants have completed three or four years of college work before entering chiropractic school. You can also check the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Web site.
You can major in any undergraduate degree program provided that you included the required pre-Chiropractic prerequisite courses. Students must prepare themselves with a basic background in chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology as well as the social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities. Beyond this basic preparation, you should choose a major in what interests you. Students are advised to consult with the Pre-Professional School advisor at each stage of dental school preparation and the application process; assistance is available through numerous printed materials, individual advising sessions, workshops, mock interviews and personal statement critiques.
Specific requirements vary somewhat for each chiropractic school and can be found on the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Web site.
It is the applicant's responsibility to determine the requirements of the school(s) of his/her choice and to fulfill these requirements before the projected date of entrance. In general, pre-chiropractic courses at the University include:
Contact each chiropractic school for their application materials, approximately one year before the projected date of entrance.
There is no entrance exam required for admission into chiropractic school. Some schools require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) so it is best to check the specific requirements or each school to which you are applying.
Two or three letters of recommendation are usually required. They should be from faculty (at least one science professor) and also from a health science professional, preferably a chiropractor who can evaluate your potential in the field. You may consider storing your letters with a document delivery service, such as Interfolio. You can find more information on their website, Interfolio.
All chiropractic schools advise that you obtain practical experience with a health professional, preferably a chiropractor. This experience will provide a better understanding of chiropractic and aid you in answering the commonly asked question, "Why do you want to become a chiropractor?"