chiropractor educationAll of our 7  chiropractic physicians have graduated from a fully accredited postgraduate program resulting in obtaining a Doctor of Chiropractic degree.  Each chiropractor is fully licensed by the State of New Mexico.  Below is the description of the rigorous academic training that chiropractors must undergo before they can become licensed.

Chiropractic Education

In some recent surveys, it was surprising to note that some people were unaware of the educational level of a Doctor of Chiropractic. The basic question was, “Is the education of a Doctor of Chiropractic at the same level as a Medical Doctor?” The correct answer is, of course, yes. Doctors of Chiropractic undergo a rigorous and demanding professional education equivalent to any other primary care provider. To obtain a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, they must complete several years of prerequisite undergraduate education and spend nearly the same number of classroom hours at a fully-accredited chiropractic college as MDs do in medical schools. Student doctors are thoroughly trained in the appropriate use of sophisticated analytical equipment including X-rays, examination procedures, and state of the art chiropractic investigative technologies. Before they can practice, all Doctors of Chiropractic must pass a series of National Boards, as well as a licensing exam for the state in which they choose to practice. Even after all that, most states require the doctors to attend clinical continuing education programs for annual licensure.

 What does it take to become a Chiropractor?

According to many sources, Chiropractic is the second largest healthcare profession.  Some articles and authors have referred to chiropractic as “alternative”.  This label may not fit in the face of the growing numbers of people seeking chiropractic care.  In the 1998 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine is an article on chiropractic that makes a profound statement, “Even to call chiropractic alternative is problematic, in many ways it is distinctly mainstream.”

Even with all this growth and increased usage, many people are unaware of the rigors of a chiropractic education.

In order to become a “Doctor of Chiropractic” chiropractic students must go through college and a chiropractic program every bit as strenuous and in-depth as other healthcare practitioners.  To help demonstrate this better, the following charts are given.

Comparison of Hours of Basic Sciences Education in Medical and Chiropractic Schools

Subject Chiropractic Schools Medical Schools
Hours {f0c6ae3710866158fba101c83cc684f59f711d89f19c2e7db125e48e5bb78517} of Total Hours {f0c6ae3710866158fba101c83cc684f59f711d89f19c2e7db125e48e5bb78517} of Total
Anatomy 570 40 368 31
Biochemistry 150 11 120 10
Microbiology 120 8 120 10
Public Health  70 5 289 24
Physiology 305 21 142 12
Pathology 205 14 162 14
Total Hours 1,420 100 1,200 100

Comparisons of the Overall Curriculum Structure for Chiropractic and Medical Schools

Chiropractic Schools Medical Schools
Mean Percentage Mean Percentage
Basic science hours 1416 29{f0c6ae3710866158fba101c83cc684f59f711d89f19c2e7db125e48e5bb78517} 1200 26{f0c6ae3710866158fba101c83cc684f59f711d89f19c2e7db125e48e5bb78517}
Clinical science hours 3406 71{f0c6ae3710866158fba101c83cc684f59f711d89f19c2e7db125e48e5bb78517} 3467 74{f0c6ae3710866158fba101c83cc684f59f711d89f19c2e7db125e48e5bb78517}
Chiropractic science hours 1975 41{f0c6ae3710866158fba101c83cc684f59f711d89f19c2e7db125e48e5bb78517} 0 0
Clerkship hours 1405 29{f0c6ae3710866158fba101c83cc684f59f711d89f19c2e7db125e48e5bb78517} 3467 74{f0c6ae3710866158fba101c83cc684f59f711d89f19c2e7db125e48e5bb78517}
Total Contact Hours 4822 100{f0c6ae3710866158fba101c83cc684f59f711d89f19c2e7db125e48e5bb78517} 4667 100{f0c6ae3710866158fba101c83cc684f59f711d89f19c2e7db125e48e5bb78517}

Source for both above charts: Center for Studies in Health Policy, Inc., Washington, DC. Personal communication of 1995 unpublished data from Meredith Gonyea, PhD.

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