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Careers in Chiropractic

Careers in Chiropractic

Choosing a career in Chiropractic can be a challenging, but very rewarding decision. Use this resource to help guide your decision or as an overview on the path a prospective Chiropractor must take to be licensed as a Doctor of Chiropractic.

 

Job Analysis
Education Requirements
Future of Chiropractic
Opportunities in Chiropractic
Broad Professional Preparation
Advantages of Chiropractic as a Professional Career
Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE)
CCE Accredited Colleges
State Licensing Boards


National Board of Chiropractic Examiners:
Job Analysis of Chiropractic 2005
The Job Analysis of Chiropractic 2005 is a report that summarizes the practice of chiropractic in the United States based on the responses of more than 2,500 full-time chiropractors from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Survey respondents reported information on their daily tasks and professional responsibilities, as well as the conditions they see in their offices. The report also includes a summary of chiropractic efficacy research from around the world.
back to top Education Requirements
From ACAToday.com-

Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.

The typical applicant at a chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Because of the hands-on nature of chiropractic, and the intricate adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical training.

Doctors of chiropractic — who are licensed to practice in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and in many nations around the world — undergo a rigorous education in the healing sciences, similar to that of medical doctors. In some areas, such as anatomy, physiology, rehabilitation, nutrition and public health, they receive more intensive education than their MD counterparts.

Like other primary health care doctors, chiropractic students spend a significant portion of their curriculum studying clinical subjects related to evaluating and caring for patients. Typically, as part of their professional training, they must complete a minimum of a one-year clinical-based program dealing with actual patient care. In total, the curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency which is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This has been the case for more than 25 years.

This extensive education prepares doctors of chiropractic to diagnose health care problems, treat the problems when they are within their scope of practice and refer patients to other health care practitioners when appropriate.

 

Future of Chiropractic
From ACAToday.com-

Wide acceptance and a rapidly increasing population make the future of chiropractic a boundless one. Further, an active program of research assures students who are planning a career in chiropractic that their profession will continue to grow and progress.

Research will open new doors for chiropractic procedures and service and provide new career opportunities for the modern doctor of chiropractic. A student entering the profession this year will benefit from the latest advances in training and technology, and will, upon graduation, enter a profession that offers more opportunity than ever before. Not only are there more and more patients to serve, but there are also more specialized ways in which to serve.

In evaluating the future of chiropractic, another factor must be considered. The possibility of a healthier, longer and more productive life has been greatly increased by a more informed public and governmental interest.

The population growth, latest chiropractic research, increased health care, and greater health consciousness all assure chiropractic a future of expanding service.

Opportunities in Chiropractic 

From ACAToday.com-

Chiropractic - classified as one of the four major healing professions, and listed under the healing arts in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles published by the Federal Government, is a rapidly growing profession. It offers a career of unlimited opportunity and service to the dedicated doctor. In return, it gives security, prestige and excellent income.

The figures alone do not show the acute shortages of D.C.s that exist in some areas of the United States. Literally hundreds of towns that could adequately support a doctor of chiropractic are without anyone to offer patients this highly specialized service. And even in larger cities where there may be a number of doctors of chiropractic in practice, there is still need for more. Few cities of any size, even the largest, have enough doctors of chiropractic in ratio to the population. Neither do the above ratios take into consideration the national loss to the profession through death and retirement, or the pyramiding need due to population growth.

In addition to the demand created by our increased population, a greater public awareness of health and health care has also increased the need for doctors of chiropractic. The need has been further increased by wider recognition of the advancements chiropractic has made in the field of body mechanics and public health. Geographically, the U.S and Canada offer wide open fields of opportunity for doctors to establish good practices in modern chiropractic.


Broad Professional Preparation
From ACAToday.com-

The chiropractic physician - a particular kind of physician - and is engaged in the treatment and prevention of disease as well as in the promotion of public health and welfare. Doctors of chiropractic are thoroughly trained in all accepted standard methods of diagnosis. In addition, the chiropractic doctor has the advantage of understanding the significance of structural maladjustments that are commonly present in disease. Chiropractic training provides the foundation for this important and difficult part of diagnosis.

Chiropractic is a broad field. The clinical practice of chiropractic has proven applicable in a wide variety of diseases. Chiropractic recognizes the importance of hygiene and sanitation as well as the factors of infection, fatigue, trauma and occupational hazards in the cause of disease. Exercise, nutrition, pure food, air, water, rest and common sense play as large a part in chiropractic as in other forms of practice.

With this background, and the advances made by chiropractic science in the field of body mechanics, a doctor of chiropractic will find wide areas of service open as a general practitioner or as a specialist within the field.

 

 

Advantages of Chiropractic as a Professional Career
From ACAToday.com-

A career in chiropractic offers real satisfaction and rewarding income. In addition, doctors of chiropractic are their own managers, establishing their own hours and work habits. The chiropractic physician enjoys the advantages of a profession that is well established: one that ranks high in prestige and service, does not limit a person in opportunity, income or challenge, yet offers opportunities of security and community leadership.

Independence
The doctor of chiropractic is self-employed. If the practitioner enters independent private practice, a wide choice of locations is available in any type of community, city, town or rural area. The chiropractic office may be in a building downtown or in a residential area. The doctor determines working hours and is able to arrange these hours by appointment for the convenience of all. The doctor also decides vacation time and which days he will take off during the week.

Prestige
A doctor enjoys respect of patients and community for fulfilling an honorable and needed function - that of maintaining the health and welfare of the people. As such, there are opportunities to make many friends and to achieve social and civic prominence. The doctor of chiropractic's hours allow ample time to enjoy a full schedule of social, business and professional activities.

Good Income
The chiropractic profession does not want to attract students who are interested in financial possibilities alone. Rather, chiropractic wants earnest young men and women who will find gratification in contributing to human betterment. However, earning power is certainly a consideration in determining a career and should be taken into account.

The earning potential of a doctor of chiropractic is good - as good as and often better than most professions.

As in other professionals, financial success depends upon many factors - the individual characteristics of the practitioner, his ability to apply his knowledge, his personality, the location selected, and economic conditions.



Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE)
From ACAToday.com-

The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) and its Commission on Accreditation is an autonomous national organization recognized by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education as the authority on the quality of training offered by chiropractic colleges. In addition to establishing accreditation criteria for the education of primary care chiropractic physicians, the CCE seeks to ensure the quality of chiropractic education in the United States by stimulating educational excellence within its member programs or institution, and informing the educational community and the public of the nature, quality and integrity of chiropractic education.

Certain requirements must be met before accreditation status can be initially received, or renewed. The CCE Standards for Chiropractic Programs and Institutions include criteria for assessment and planning: governance and administration, facilities, services and policies, instructional program objectives and content, faculty qualifications, admission requirements, outcomes assessment, clinical competency, and research.
The CCE is a member of the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (C.H.E.A.) and the Association of Specialized and Professional Accredators (A.S.P.A.).


CCE Accredited Colleges 

The following programs and institutions hold accredited status with the Council on Chiropractic Education:

CLEVELAND CHIROPRACTIC COLLEGE - KANSAS CITY

Overland Park, KS 66210

Web: www.cleveland.edu


CLEVELAND CHIROPRACTIC COLLEGE - LOS ANGELES

Web: www.cleveland.edu


D'YOUVILLE COLLEGE DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC PROGRAM

Buffalo, NY 14201-1084

Web: www.dyc.edu


LIFE CHIROPRACTIC COLLEGE WEST 

Hayward, CA 94545

Web: www.lifewest.edu


LIFE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF CHIROPRACTIC

Marietta, GA 30060

Web:  www.LIFE.edu


LOGAN COLLEGE OF CHIROPRACTIC

Chesterfield, MO 63006-1065

Web: www.logan.edu


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES

LOS ANGELES COLLEGE OF CHIROPRACTIC 

Whittier, CA 90609-1166

Web: www.scuhs.edu


NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES

Lombard, IL 60148-4583

Web: www.nuhs.edu


NEW YORK CHIROPRACTIC COLLEGE

Seneca Falls, NY 13148-0800

Web: www.nycc.edu


NORTHWESTERN HEALTH SCIENCES UNIVERSITY

COLLEGE OF CHIROPRACTIC

Bloomington, MN 55431

Web: www.nwhealth.edu


PALMER COLLEGE OF CHIROPRACTIC

Davenport, IA 52803

Web: www.palmer.edu


PALMER COLLEGE OF CHIROPRACTIC WEST 

San Jose, CA 95134

Web: www.palmer.edu


PARKER UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF CHIROPRACTIC

Dallas, TX 75229-5668

Web: www.parker.edu


SHERMAN COLLEGE OF CHIROPRACTIC

Spartanburg, SC 29304

Web: www.sherman.edu


TEXAS CHIROPRACTIC COLLEGE

Pasadena, TX 77505-1699

Web: www.txchiro.edu


UNIVERSITY OF BRIDGEPORT COLLEGE OF CHIROPRACTIC

Bridgeport, CT 06601

Web: www.bridgeport.edu/chiro


UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN STATES COLLEGE OF CHIROPRACTIC

Portland, OR 97230

Web: www.uws.edu

 

For a complete listing of Chiropractic Regulatory boards by state, go to Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards .