DC Education

bone-scanToday’s Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) must have at least 4-6 years of highly specialized graduate school training. They must pass four rigid national board examinations, and continuing education seminars must be completed for annual state license renewal. Through these measures, modern chiropractic has achieved recognition as a comprehensive, scientifically sound force among the health professions. The following is a comparison of basic requirements for MD’s and DC’s.

Medical Class Hours (Minimum)
508
326
401
325
114
324
112
148
144
148
156

2,706
Pharmacology,
Immunology, and
General Surgery
4,248

Subject

Anatomy
Physiology
Pathology
Chemistry
Microbiology
Diagnosis
Neurology
X-ray
Psychiatry
Obstetrics
Orthopedics

TOTAL HOURS
Other Required Subjects

GRAND TOTAL HOURS

Chiropractic
Class Hours (Minimum)

540
240
360
165
120
324
320
360
60
60
210

3,065
Spinal Adjustment,
Manipulation, and
Advanced Radiology

4,485

NOTE: Classroom hours are based on the Association of American Medical Colleges Curriculum Directory (Vickie Ahari, Editor) and the Chiropractic College Admissions and Curriculum Directory (K. Magarian and K. McNamee, Editors).

This information may be valuable to others who are misinformed about the nature of chiropractic education today.