How to Become a Certified Chiropractor
Man getting his back adjusted

Helping Treat Misalignment of the Spine

While we typically think of becoming doctors or nurses when we think of medical careers, chiropractic school (or school of chiropractic) can be a great path toward a career in helping treat people. Chiropractors diagnose and treat musculoskeletal and nervous system issues caused by misalignment in the spine.

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Like most medical schools, chiropractor school can be quite competitive and the curriculum is quite challenging. Before you choose a school, it’s worthwhile to find out a bit more about what you can expect.

Chiropractic School Curriculum

Among chiropractic school requirements is completion of an undergraduate degree in a program such as physiotherapy, biology or another science-based program. When you begin your chiropractic school program, you can expect the curriculum to be more of the same, with courses such as:

  • Microbiology
  • Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry

Once you have a foundation in theoretical knowledge, you’ll begin to move into hands-on training, with clinical and lab work. You’ll learn not only the techniques for spinal adjustment and manipulation, but also methods for patient diagnosis. Course subject matter will include neurology, orthopaedics, geriatrics, nutrition and more.

Chiropractic Jobs

Once you’ve completed your chiropractic degree, to become a chiropractor you’ll need to get certified. You can then begin to start treating patients, either as part of an existing health team or by establishing your own practice.

As a chiropractor, continuing education will also be an important part of your career. You may need to take particular courses on a regular basis in order to maintain your license, or you may want to take a post-doctoral chiropractic program, which are offered by many institutions.

The chiropractor salary range, like others in the medical profession, is quite high, averaging over $100,000 once established and going as high as nearly $200,000 or more.