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How to choose a chiropractic college

Advantages of Chiropractic as a Professional Career

Education Requirements

Future of Chiropractic

Opportunities in Chiropractic

How to choose a chiropractic college

You should not choose a chiropractic college the same way you chose your undergraduate school; by focusing on location and major. Chiropractic programs are distinctly different from one another and selection is much more complicated.

You will want to review the elements that go into a chiropractic education and choose a program that best matches the things you value in your chiropractic future.

First, you will need to understand the elements of a good fit.

Read through all the schools’ literature and online information to sort out each program’s stance on the following issues.

Philosophy: This represents the purpose of chiropractic in health care and the way you will be taught to think about your professional role.

Technique: Technique is the art of the adjustment. You will want to look for a program with lots of techniques taught with precision and lots of hands on practice.

Business: It is imperative that you be taught how to run a practice and to be a sound business person. Look for a program with lots of business training resources.

Leadership: Leaders are not born – they are trained. You will want to look for a program that both models leadership and which creates opportunities for you to train to become the leader you are meant to be.

Visit schools and find out more.

Once you have narrowed down you options to two or three chiropractic colleges, you will want to take the time to plan a visit to each campus. This might seem like a lot of work, but it is truly a necessity when you are making such an important decision.

Each school has a campus visit program. Be sure to register and attend a formal campus tour. The tour will tell you a lot about what the school focuses on and will help you to experience the brand first hand.

While you are on campus, be sure to talk to some students attending school there. The students will give you a sense of the culture and the kind of place it really is beyond the marketing materials.

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Advantages of Chiropractic as a Professional Career

A career in chiropractic offers real satisfaction and rewarding income. In addition, doctors of chiropractic are their own managers, establishing their own hours and work habits. The chiropractic physician enjoys the advantages of a profession that is well established: one that ranks high in prestige and service, does not limit a person in opportunity, income or challenge, yet offers opportunities of security and community leadership.

The doctor of chiropractic is self-employed. If the practitioner enters independent private practice, a wide choice of locations is available in any type of community, city, town or rural area. The chiropractic office may be in a building downtown or in a residential area. The doctor determines working hours and is able to arrange these hours by appointment for the convenience of all. The doctor also decides vacation time and which days he will take off during the week.

A doctor enjoys respect of patients and community for fulfilling an honorable and needed function - that of maintaining the health and welfare of the people. As such, there are opportunities to make many friends and to achieve social and civic prominence. The doctor of chiropractic's hours allow ample time to enjoy a full schedule of social, business and professional activities.

Good Income
The chiropractic profession does not want to attract students who are interested in financial possibilities alone. Rather, chiropractic wants earnest young men and women who will find gratification in contributing to human betterment. However, earning power is certainly a consideration in determining a career and should be taken into account.

The earning potential of a doctor of chiropractic is good - as good as and often better than most professions.

As in other professionals, financial success depends upon many factors - the individual characteristics of the practitioner, his ability to apply his knowledge, his personality, the location selected, and economic conditions.

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Education Requirements

What are the current educational requirements to be a doctor of chiropractic?

Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.

The typical applicant at a chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — 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, the District of Columbia, and in many nations around the world — 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. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency which is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This has been the case for more than 25 years.

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Future of Chiropractic

Wide acceptance and a rapidly increasing population make the future of chiropractic a boundless one. Further, an active program of research assures students who are planning a career in chiropractic that their profession will continue to grow and progress.

Research will open new doors for chiropractic procedures and service and provide new career opportunities for the modern doctor of chiropractic. A student entering the profession this year will benefit from the latest advances in training and technology, and will, upon graduation, enter a profession that offers more opportunity than ever before. Not only are there more and more patients to serve, but there are also more specialized ways in which to serve.

In evaluating the future of chiropractic, another factor must be considered. The possibility of a healthier, longer and more productive life has been greatly increased by a more informed public and governmental interest.

The population growth, latest chiropractic research, increased health care, and greater health consciousness all assure chiropractic a future of expanding service.

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Opportunities in Chiropractic

Chiropractic - classified as one of the four major healing professions, and listed under the healing arts in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles published by the Federal Government, is a rapidly growing profession. It offers a career of unlimited opportunity and service to the dedicated doctor. In return, it gives security, prestige and excellent income.

The figures alone do not show the acute shortages of D.C.s that exist in some areas of the United States. Literally hundreds of towns that could adequately support a doctor of chiropractic are without anyone to offer patients this highly specialized service. And even in larger cities where there may be a number of doctors of chiropractic in practice, there is still need for more. Few cities of any size, even the largest, have enough doctors of chiropractic in ratio to the population. Neither do the above ratios take into consideration the national loss to the profession through death and retirement, or the pyramiding need due to population growth.

In addition to the demand created by our increased population, a greater public awareness of health and health care has also increased the need for doctors of chiropractic. The need has been further increased by wider recognition of the advancements chiropractic has made in the field of body mechanics and public health. Geographically, the U.S and Canada offer wide open fields of opportunity for doctors to establish good practices in modern chiropractic.

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