Educational requirements for Doctors of Chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions. Chiropractic education (as required by the state of Florida) includes a minimum of four years of general college coursework in addition to four years of Chiropractic training at a licensed Chiropractic college. In addition to national examinations (four parts), graduates are required to take a rigorous Florida Board of Chiropractic examination before they are licensed. During their studies, Chiropractic students take much of the same foundational class work as traditional medical students, in addition to classes specific to Chiropractic care, which make them uniquely qualified to practice Chiropractic.
A student of Chiropractic's curriculum includes, but isn’t limited to:
A minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience
Approximately 550 hours training in adjustive techniques and spinal analysis
Elective courses in nutrition, adjustive techniques, physiotherapy and exercise physiology result in a cummulative total of greater than 5000 hours of classwork
The three years of Chiropractic studies (which are part of a 4 year graduate program) include a two-year internship in an outpatient setting where the students get practical, hands-on experience in an academic clinical setting.
Following graduation from Chiropractic college, graduates must pass both specialized Chiropractic exams and science exams that all physicians, both Chiropractic and traditional, are required to take prior to practicing.