Chiropractic Education Process

Chiropractic Education

Typically, a four-year Bachelors degree or equivalent is required to enter the Chiropractic curriculum.  The curriculum is generally 10 semesters of year round study consisting of three “trimesters” per year. The entire program is generally completed in 3 years and 4 months.

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This chart is a comparison of core Chiropractic curriculum hours to core Medical curriculum hours.  This side-by-side comparison helps individuals to better understand the qualifications of a Doctor of Chiropractic.  More hours are spent, in each profession, on specialty courses within that profession (nutrition vs. pharmacology, osseous manipulation vs. surgical procedure, etc.).

  Chiropractic Student Hours Class Description Medical Student Hours
520 Anatomy 508
420  Physiology  326
271  Pathology  335
300  Chemistry  325
114 Microbiology 130
370  Diagnosis 374
320  Neurology 112
217  Radiology 148
65  Psychiatry 144
65  Obstetrics & Gynecology 198
225  Orthopedics 156
2,887 Total Hours  2,756 
1,598  Specialty Courses 1,492
4,485  Entire Total Hours 4,248

Source: Center for Studies in Health Policy, Inc., Washington, DC. Personal communication of 1995 unpublished data from Meredith Gonyea, PhD.