After completing four years of undergraduate coursework, students can obtain a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from a school accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education. Attending a school accredited by the CCE ensures that students receive quality chiropractic education throughout their four-year program. Students receive specialized instruction in areas like athletics, radiology, orthopedics and neurology to train them for their career as a chiropractor and provide quality care to their clients.
Logan College of Chiropractic offers a comprehensive doctoral degree program that includes athletic-focused courses. In these courses, students learn how to treat, diagnose and prevent athletic-related injuries. Since the school has a partnership with the National Football League’s St. Louis Rams, students can put the skills they learn in the classroom into practice and gain in-depth knowledge of the types of services chiropractors provide to athletes. Students at Northwestern Health Sciences University can take elective courses that focus on treating and managing sports injuries, such as knee sprains, shoulder dislocations and high ankle sprains. Students can also take courses focusing on exercise and rehabilitation to help athletes recover quickly.
At National University of Health Sciences, students can take radiology courses that cover the normal radiographic anatomy of the skeletal system to help them detect abnormal defects in this area of the body. Students also learn the fundamentals of X-ray production, how to find joint abnormalities and how to protect and position a patient to provide the best diagnosis. Students at the Palmer College of Chiropractic - Davenport campus are introduced to radiology coursework covering arthritis, diseases and infections of the bone. In addition, students learn the legal and ethical issues associated with chiropractic radiology.
Students attending Texas Chiropractic College take a series of orthopedic courses as a part of their doctoral degree program. The lecture-based course focuses on the management of common musculoskeletal conditions of the spine, pelvis and extremities. In lab, students learn the proper application of orthopedic tests and procedures. At Sherman College of Chiropractic, neurology is integrated in the orthopedic courses to give students an opportunity to conduct and assess both neuromusculoskeletal and orthopedic examinations. Students are also taught how to perform a variety of orthopedic tests to determine how to appropriately manage specific orthopedic conditions. The on-campus chiropractic center allows students to put their skills into practice.
Beyond the Program
Once students complete their doctoral degree program and take the necessary exams to become board certified, they typically enter into private or group practice or work at health or rehabilitation centers. Some take additional coursework to learn the ways in which chiropractic and acupuncture techniques can best serve their clients. Whichever route they choose, students can be assured that their accredited chiropractic program will have provided them with the necessary skills to succeed as a chiropractic practitioner.
G.G. Cabell is a writer with experience in college admissions. She holds a B.A. in English from Washington University in St. Louis and a J.D. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.