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Chiropractors Education FAQs

Are chiropractors real doctors?

Chiropractors educationDepends what you mean by “real.” After completing the necessary undergraduate studies in the biological sciences and completing a grueling four-year program at a government accredited chiropractic college, chiropractors graduate with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery. However, virtually every chiropractor ascribes to the original meaning of the word “doctor” which comes from the Latin verb doc?re, meaning, “to teach.”

What type of education do chiropractors receive?

Spine diagramToday’s chiropractor receives a formal education that is comparable to that received by medical practitioners. However, since chiropractors don’t prescribe drugs or perform surgery, they instead receive in-depth training in anatomy, physiology, nutrition, diagnosis, X-ray and adjusting techniques.

Before acceptance to a government accredited chiropractic college, prospective chiropractors must complete a minimum of three years of undergraduate work with heavy emphasis on the basic sciences.

This focus on science continues during the first two years of study, emphasizing classroom and laboratory work in anatomy, physiology, public health, microbiology, pathology and biochemistry.

Disparaging the educational achievements of today’s chiropractor is an outdated belief from another era.

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