What Kind of Schooling Does It Take to Become a Chiropractor?

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In the United States, chiropractors are some of the most well-educated medical professionals. While there are some differences in their education depending on where they attend school and their background prior to entering chiropractic school, the number of classes they take, the subjects they study, and the amount of time they spend in clinical settings is pretty standardized. Chiropractors receive a Doctorate of Chiropractic (DC) after completing the requirements set forth by the Council for Chiropractic Education (CCE) and the accredited universities that offer Doctorate of Chiropractic degree programs.


Chiropractors must have a four-year degree to be considered for chiropractic school. If the degree is in a science-related field, they can enter the doctorate program immediately. If it isn’t, they have to take additional science courses to qualify for admission into the doctorate program. Chiropractic education requires classes in a number of subjects:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Bacteriology
  • Diagnosis
  • Neurology
  • Radiology
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Orthopedics
  • Chiropractic Principles & Philosophy
  • Chiropractic Technique
  • Clinical Education
  • Kinesiology
  • And much more


In addition to nearly 4,500 hours of coursework, chiropractic students are also required to complete mandatory internships in student clinics, outreach clinics, and chiropractic practices across the country. They receive insight into what it takes to run a successful office, how to handle sicknesses and injuries in patients, how to adjust with a number of different techniques, and more during these internships.

Chiropractic education includes a great deal of mentorship, both from college professors and practicing chiropractors. Students are overseen in their internships by experienced clinicians who ensure they are correct and successful in their diagnosis and adjustment techniques. Internships typically consist of a total of 1000 hours of supervised clinical work.

Boards & Licensure

Toward the end of their degree program, chiropractic students take part in four board exams, including written, oral, and performance sections. There is also a physical therapy board that isn’t required, but the majority of chiropractic students take this board as well. Upon passing all board exams and graduating from a doctoral program, chiropractors become licensed nationally. State licensure differs slightly based on the states’ requirements and is often determined by a chiropractic regulatory board for that particular state.

Even after chiropractors are well-established in practice, they are expected to complete continuing education courses, meeting state and national requirements for CE course hours each year. Additionally, many chiropractors are involved in mentorship and networking groups that allow them to get support, advice, and encouragement from others in their field, as well as raise up the next generation of chiropractors.

Chiropractors are incredibly well-educated and have worked incredibly hard to earn the title “doctor.” At Greater Life Chiropractic in Charlotte, Dr. Grant Lisetor is passionate about helping the community find relief from ailments, freedom from pain, and hope in wellness as he changes the health of the city one adjustment at a time. His extensive schooling, in-depth internships, and continuing education courses have prepared him to serve the city well and bring healing to the community. With over five years in practice, Dr. Grant has also personally mentored countless students and impacted hundreds if not thousands of students and chiropractors with his contributions to the profession. If you have more questions about chiropractic care, chiropractic education, or how to start feeling great and living well, get in touch with Dr. Grant and his team at Greater Life Chiropractic today.  


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