A Chiropractor's Training

Doctors of Chiropractic today are well educated. In addition to completing the same undergraduate study that other types of doctors receive, chiropractic doctors complete another four to five years of postgraduate college education. They are also required to pass extensive National Board Examinations and meet strict licensing requirements before practicing. Chiropractic doctors also attend several educational seminars each year in order to keep up with the latest research.

The following chart compares the course hours of Chiropractic Doctors and Medical Doctors. The class hours were compiled following a review of curriculum catalogues of 22 Medical schools and 11 Chiropractic colleges, and updates from the National Health Federation Bulletin and other publications' statistics.

Medical Class
(Minimum Hours)
Subject Chiropractic Class
(Minimum Hours)
508 Anatomy 520
326 Physiology 420
335 Pathology 271
325 Chemistry 300
130 Bacteriology 114
374 Diagnosis 370
112 Neurology 320
148 X-ray 217
144 Psychiatry 65
198 Obstetrics & Gynecology 65
156 Orthopedics 225
2,756 Total Hours 2,887
4,248 Grand total class hours including other subjects 4,485

Source:  "Chiropractic Education / Comparison of Chiropractic vs. Medical Education" by Dr. Gary Farr