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Medical Doctor's vs. Chiropractic Doctor's Education

Today's doctor of chiropractic must have at least 5-7 years of highly specialized graduate school training. They must pass four rigid state board examinations, and in all states continuing education seminars must be completed for annual license renewal. Through these measures, modern chiropractic has achieved recognition as a comprehensive, scientifically sound force among the health professions.

Required courses of study for a chiropractic doctorate include anatomy, physiology, pathology, chemistry, biology, diagnosis, neurology, X-ray, psychiatry, obstetrics, as well as specialized chiropractic courses. Because of this intense education, today's chiropractor is qualified and capable of relieving a wider range of ailments, pain and suffering than ever before. Included here is a comparison of basic educational requirements for medical school graduates and doctors of chiropractic.

Medical
Class Hours
(Minimum)
Subject
Chiropractic
Class Hours
(Minimum)
508
Anatomy
540
326
Physiology
240
401
Pathology
360
325
Chemistry
165
114
Microbiology
120
324
Diagnosis
324
112
Neurology
320
148
X-ray
360
144
Psychiatry
60
148
Obstetrics
60
156
Orthopedics
210
2,706
TOTAL HOURS
3,065
Pharmacology, Immunology,
General Surgery
Other Required Subjects
Spinal Adjustment, Manipulation,
Advanced Radiology
4,248
GRAND TOTAL HOURS
4,485


In addition to classroom work, training includes an internship period where students take care of patients under supervision of chiropractic instructors. 

This information may be valuable to others who are misinformed about the nature of chiropractic education today. If you know someone who could benefit from a better understanding of modern chiropractic, why not share it with them?

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