Chiropractor Education and Training

Chiropractor KennesawMany people who are unfamiliar with chiropractic wonder what the educational and training requirements are in the United States for chiropractors.  It is a rigorous study program that begins in the basic sciences and expands through upper level Doctorate graduate programs in order to receive the designation D.C., Doctor of Chiropractic.

Although chiropractors are most well-known for the treatment of low back and neck problems they are trained to assess and treat all areas of the body with a special concern for the nervous system. Since your nervous system determines how well you feel physically, mentally, and emotionally, many problems you are experiencing may be related to a problem with your spine and nervous system. Chiropractors use a holistic, hands-on, drug-free approach to treatment. What holistic means is that the patient’s presenting complaint is not reduced to an isolated problem but rather taken as a component of the whole body.

The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) sets minimum guidelines for chiropractic colleges all chiropractic institutions are accredited by the CCE. The minimum prerequisite for enrollment in a chiropractic college set forth by the CCE is 90 semester hours of undergraduate education, although the majority of chiropractors have a bachelor’s degree.  For example, Dr. Todd Supnick of Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw received his B.S. degree in 1995 from the University of Florida. Common prerequisite classes include those of the biological, chemical, & physical sciences, including: human anatomy and physiology, embryology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, cellular biology, exercise physiology, kinesiology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, toxicology/pharmacology, nutrition, nuclear medicine, physics, biomechanics, and statistics.

Once in Chiropractic College four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Because of the hands-on nature of chiropractic, and the intricate adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical training.

Doctors of chiropractic who are licensed to practice in all 50 states undergo a rigorous education in the healing sciences, similar to that of medical doctors. In some areas, such as anatomy, physiology, rehabilitation, nutrition and public health, they receive more intensive education than their MD counterparts.

Like other primary health care doctors, chiropractic students spend a significant portion of their curriculum studying clinical subjects related to evaluating and caring for patients. Typically, as part of their professional training, they must complete a minimum of a one-year clinical-based program dealing with actual patient care. In total, the curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience.

This extensive education prepares doctors of chiropractic to diagnose health care problems, treat the problems when they are within their scope of practice and refer patients to other health care practitioners when appropriate.

If you are seeking a primary chiropractic care in the Kennesaw area contact Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw at 770-262-1909 or use the Contact Us feature on our website.


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