Education & Credentials
Like other doctors, chiropractors, also known as chiropractic physicians, have a broad scope of practice: they diagnose health issues, develop and administer treatment plans, and select appropriate referrals to other healthcare providers when needed.
Most chiropractors have the following education and training:
- a four-year undergraduate pre-med or life sciences degree
- four to five years of advanced study at a licensed and accredited chiropractic college
- extensive hands-on clinical training
- advanced study and specialization in human anatomy, physiology and biology, biochemistry, rehabilitation, exercise science, nutrition and public health
Before they can practice, they must also pass a national board exam and their state’s chiropractic exam.
Following licensure, chiropractors must receive ongoing continuing professional education to ensure that they’re current on the latest practice developments and retain their license.