Chiropractic Education

Dr. Meeker, President of Palmer College- West, and Dr. Erica Heppe presenting Dr. SCott heppe his doctor of chiropractic diploma. 

Dr. Meeker, President of Palmer College- West, and Dr. Erica Heppe presenting Dr. SCott heppe his doctor of chiropractic diploma. 

A 2016 gallup poll showed us that the majority of the public is unsure of the requirements it takes to become a doctor of chiropractic. Most people are often surprised to discover that the education received at a chiropractic college is quite similar to the education received in medical school. To become a chiropractor a person must go through an immense amount of schooling in order to receive a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree

Schooling includes: 

  • Graduating from a four year college, where at least two years of undergraduate study, is focused on the sciences. 
  • Four years of Chiropractic Education including national board exams
  • Take mandatory internships/preceptorships/residencies at a V.A. or hospital.  
  • Work at least 900 hours of work in a Chiropractic Clinic.
  • After graduating, pass written and oral board exams, at national and state levels. The board exams are broken up into multiple parts, like the USMILE exams

Here is a quick breakdown of the classroom hours for each degree. 

 A Chiropractor may also opt to choose to advance their degree in an area of specialty. These areas include: Chiropractic neurology, radiology, sports medicine, as well as many other fields.