Do you want to pursue a career in chiropractics but do not what it takes to get there? You will find plenty of medical schools that impart training for young (and not-so-young) chiropractics. The following are the education requirements besides the Chiropractic Residency Program:
1. You need to be a college graduate – you need to have completed your graduation or Baccalaureate degree (4 years) before you go for chiropractic studies. The graduate course needs to have included psychology, physics, organic and inorganic chemistry, biology and science labs as well as the arts subjects required in the undergraduate level.
2. Complete the National Board Examination – to get into a chiropractic medical school, you will need to complete the National Board Examination. This course will take 4 years and will cover the same format as most other health care subjects. The first half focuses on basic sciences and the second half of the course on clinical sciences.
3. Internship and Chiropractic Residency Program – on successful completion of the National Board Exam you will need to go through 1 year of internship and 3 years of residency program. These are offered in internal medicine, rehabilitation, sports medicine, radiology, pediatrics, neurology, orthopedics and many more. Without internship, no state will issue license for practice. In some states additional testing and background checks are done before the issue of license.
4. Post-graduate Chiropractic Residency Program – many chiropractic colleges offer post-graduate residency programs with flexible study hours, so you could study while you practice. This course is of 3 years duration. In most states the requirement for renewal of license is 36 hours of approved course work credits every 48 months. The specialization of a DC (doctor of chiropractic) can be in any of the following areas: family practice, nutrition, rehabilitation, sports medicine, radiology, neurology and orthopedics among others.
The chiropractic course is – if you observe carefully – more intensive than that of a medical doctor. For a comparison, a chiropractic doctor would require 4820 hours of study over 4 years, a medical doctor requires 4670 over 4 years and a physical therapy doctor requires only 3398 over 3 years course.
The Chiropractic Residency Program offers a stipend and involves grueling schedules of work. The positive thing about it, however, is that you will work under highly experienced and skill chiropractics, which will give you hands-on knowledge about specific techniques and methods of care. The experience and skill you gain through the residency programs are invaluable for establishing your own successful practice.
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