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Chiropractic By the Numbers

There are more than 70,000 doctors of chiropractic (DCs) in the United States who are required to pass a series of four national board exams and be state licensed. Roughly another 3,000 DCs work in academic and management roles. It is estimated that Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) treat about 35 million Americans annually.

Approximately 10,000 chiropractic students attend 18 nationally accredited, chiropractic doctoral graduate education programs across the United States.  2,500 doctors of chiropractic enter the workforce every year. 

Doctors of chiropractic are educated in nationally accredited, four-year doctoral graduate school programs7 through a curriculum that includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical internship,8 with the average DC program equivalent in classroom hours to allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical schools.

Physician-Level Providers

DCs are designated as physician-level providers in the vast majority of states and the federal Medicare program. Essential services provided by DCs are also available in federal health delivery systems, including those administered by Medicaid, the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, Federal Workers’ Compensation, and all state workers’ compensation programs.

See more "Key Facts and Figures" about Chiropractic from the American Chiropractic Association. 

Chiropractic Education

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.

Chiropractors 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, the Council on Chiropractic Education, that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 

This extensive education prepares doctors of chiropractic to diagnose health care conditions, treat those that are within their scope of practice and refer patients to other healthcare practitioners when appropriate. 

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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 .