The Chiropractic College Guide
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Article Title: The Chiropractic College Guide
Author: John Furnem
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A chiropractic college develops and educates professional
physicians who specialize in treating patients with skeletal,
muscular and nervous disorders, while avoiding surgical and
drug interventions. A chiropractic school�s programs includes
at least 4200 hours of combined laboratory, clinical and
classroom experiences. The chiropractic student learns how to
diagnose patients and develop doctor-patient relationships
while enhancing their communications skills.
Treatment techniques, physical therapy, professional issues,
manipulation, spinal adjustment and other therapeutic
procedures are taught as well. The clinical and laboratory
components are an integral part of a chiropractic college.
Students are given the opportunity to put what they have
studied into practice and begin treating actual patients while
under close supervision.
Prerequisites required for entry into a chiropractic college
include successful completion of at least 90 semester hours of
undergraduate education, classes in all the basic sciences
(e.g. Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition...), and a
cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. Most applicants to chiropractic
schools already possess a baccalaureate degree, usually in one
of the sciences. The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE)
sets forth guidelines which colleges must follow when
establishing standards and admission requirements.
Most chiropractic colleges offer a typical four-year education,
although some have a three-year accelerated program. The first
two years strengthen the background in basic sciences, while
the second two focus more on clinical application. The average
cost of tuition varies widely from $11,000 to $20,000 a year,
depending on whether the program runs 9 or 12 months a year.
Traditional financial aid is available however. On successful
graduation from a chiropractic college, the student receives
the degree Doctor of Chiropractic and is then eligible to sit
the State boards examination and become licensed.
After graduation, the prospects are almost endless. There is an
employment rate of nearly 100% for new graduates and
chiropractors rarely ever go through career switches. The
chiropractic field is one of the fastest growing career fields
out there and is expected to increase even more because of the
interest in natural healing. Most graduates become private
practitioners or enter group practices while a few conduct
research, work in hospitals or teach. To maintain licensure,
12-48 hours of continued education is required yearly. In this
way, chiropractors are enabled to earn their diplomat status in
specialties such as sports injuries, pediatrics, neurology,
rehabilitation, family practice, nutrition, radiology, internal
disorders... Many chiropractors are beginning to use alternative
therapies such as massage or heat therapy and are focusing on
holistic healing and lifestyle changes.
Currently there are 19 chiropractic colleges that are
accredited by the CCE. Finding the perfect one involves
analyzing and comparing what each offers. Check out the school
environment and the curriculum. Find out if the program teaches
alternative or adjunct therapies and if a broad spectrum of
manipulative techniques is included. Explore the clinical
setting and see how involved the students are and how many
patients they get to treat. For most students, hands-on
application is the most important part.
A chiropractic education is an excellent choice with many
benefits. More and more of the chiropractic colleges are
developing pre-chiropractic training so the education can be
completed all at one place. The average annual earning of a
chiropractor is upwards of $60,000 and steadily increasing.
Compared to this, a chiropractic education is relatively
inexpensive and quickly pays for itself.
About The Author: John Furnem is a dot com veteran,
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