“Chiropractic is the largest, most regulated, and best recognized of the complementary and alternative healthcare professions.”

All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands officially recognize chiropractic as a primary healthcare profession distinct from medicine.

Today there are more than 70,000 active chiropractic licenses in the United States alone making it the third largest primary healthcare profession, surpassed in numbers only by physicians and dentists. 

In addition to the United States, Chiropractors are fully licensed in Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Denmark, El Salvador, Fiji, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Iceland, Iran, Jamaica, Jordan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe and have legal status in Argentina, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda and Zambia. 

Educational Requirements to earn the title Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.).

According to the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners training to become a chiropractor generally takes about seven to eight years of college (four undergraduate years followed by three to five at chiropractic college) and then a clinical internship.  Each program’s curriculum must include at least 4,200 instructional hours of course credits.

First Year

• General anatomy • Histology • Chiropractic principles

• Palpation • Human physiology • Chiropractic procedures

• Embryology • Introduction to physical examination

• Human biochemistry • Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology

• Clinical chiropractic • Normal radiographic anatomy

• Functional anatomy/biomechanics • Spinal anatomy

• Fundamentals of nutrition

Second Year

• Pharmatoxicology • Pathology • Chiropractic procedures

• Clinical orthopedics and neurology • Clinical nutrition

• Community and public health • Practice management

• Differential diagnosis • Emergency care • Clinical microbiology

• Chiropractic principles • Physics of clinical imaging

• Nutritional assessment • Physiological therapeutics

• Research methods • Imaging interpretation

• Applied clinical chiropractic


Third Year

• Integrated chiropractic clinical application • Clinical internship

• Chiropractic principles • Radiologic positioning and technique

• Clinical application of manual procedures • Pediatrics

• Clinical psychology • Clinical laboratory clerkship

• Original research project • Physiological therapeutics

• Practice management • Diagnostic imaging interpretation

• Differential diagnosis • Dermatology • Geriatrics

• Obstetrics and gynecology• Ethics and jurisprudence

Fourth Year

In the fourth year of chiropractic college, students work a clinical internship in a chiropractor’s office.

In addition to treating patients under the supervision of an experienced chiropractor, many students also complete a clinical rotation at a hospital or veterans clinic.


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After all of that, in order to practice in Florida chiropractors must pass Boards parts I, II, III, and IV, physiotherapy, an exam administered by the state of Florida as well as a jurisprudence test.