Educational requirements for today’s chiropractor are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions. Before acceptance to a five-year chiropractic college, prospective chiropractors must complete bachelor's degree with a heavy emphasis on the Human Sciences.
Without the interest in prescribing medicines or performing surgery, chiropractic education focused on anatomy, the philosophy of natural healing, the wisdom of the body and adjusting techniques of the spine.
Today’s chiropractor receives an education with the same requirements and hours as medical practitioners. The difference is instead of a residency for a specific field Chiropractors have a one and a half year internship integrated into there doctorate to learn patient interaction and developing spinal adjusting skills.
The Chiropractic doctorate focus is on science during the first two years of study, emphasizing classroom and laboratory work in cadaver dissection anatomy, physiology, public health, microbiology, pathology and biochemistry. Later, the focus is on specialized subjects, including chiropractic philosophy and practice, along with chiropractic diagnosis, X-ray technique and adjusting methods. Since chiropractors don’t prescribe drugs, instead of studying pharmacology and surgery, they receive an even deeper training in anatomy, physiology, rehabilitation, nutrition, diagnosis, X-ray and a variety of adjusting techniques that aren’t taught in any other health care field.