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How Educated is your Doctor?

Have you ever wondered how much education your Doctor of Chiropractic is required to have compared to a medical doctor? 

Look at these basic educational requirements for graduates of both chiropractic colleges and medical schools.  Each has its own specialties, but the hours of classroom instruction are about the same.


Basic Science Comparisons                                                                 Medical    Hrs.*

Chiropractic Hours* (Min.)                  Subject                                    (Minimum)

456                                             Anatomy/Embryology                           215

243                                             Physiology                                            174

296                                             Pathology**                                           507

161                                             Chemistry                                             100

145                                             Microbiology                                         145

408                                             Diagnosis***                                         113

149                                             Neurology                                             171

271                                             X-Ray                                                     13

 56                                                     Psychology/Psychiatry                                               323

 66                                      Obstetrics & Gynecology                              284

168                                                            Orthopedics                                                               2

2419                                                         Total Hours                                                      2047

The early, formative years of Chiropractic education, like those of medicine, may have left much to be desired.  But this is true of nearly every science in its infancy.

Doctors of Chiropractic must satisfy a demanding academic course that leads to a first professional degree requiring six academic years of study

Chiropractors must meet stringent educational requirements, including approximately 600 hours of internship, which qualify them for licensure in all states and Canadian provinces.  Chiropractors are required to pass stringent national board examinations as a prerequisite for licensure in most states.  And, in most states, the Doctor of Chiropractic must stay abreast of the latest health care techniques by attending seminars and other special study programs.

If you know others who are uninformed about a Chiropractor’s education, why not share this information with them! Remember that they too may benefit from today’s scientific Chiropractic care!

  *The class hours for basic science comparisons were compiled and averaged 

    following a review of curricula of 18 chiropractic colleges and 22 medical schools,

    based on the Association of American Medical Colleges Curriculum

    Directory (AAMC), Vickie Ahari, Editor, and the Chiropractic College Admissions

    and Curriculum directory, K. Magarian and K. McNamee, editors.

 **Pathology includes Geriatrics and Pediatrics  *** Includes EENT and Dermatology



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