Chiropractic Education

You may have read in Dr. Adam’s biography about him receiving his Bachelors in Science degrees in Biology from Plattsburgh State University and most people are aware of that curriculum. However, the chiropractic education needed to become a chiropractor remains a bit of a mystery to some. Here are a couple quick facts about the long 4 years he spent in Minnesota.

To obtain a Doctorate in Chiropractic (D.C.) requires:

10 trimesters of 16 weeks, year round with no summers (equal to roughly 5 semester years)

Stack of Books230 total credits or ~23 credits a trimester

Passing 4 National Board Exams

Passing 3 clinical proficiency exams

Totaling: 4,800 contact hours!

Chiropractic Studies

Courses in chiropractic principles and philosophy provide students with the history of the chiropractic profession and the nature of the chiropractic health care model. Students take chiropractic methods courses, including lectures and labs, physiological therapeutics, exercise and rehabilitation.

Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences

A full six trimesters are devoted to the skills differential diagnosis.

Courses include:

  • Clinical skills in obtaining a medical history and performing a physical exam
  • Clinical pathology lab work
  • The diagnosis and management of a variety of medical and chiropractic conditions
  • Lectures, small groups, labs, self-directed study and online learning

Health Promotion and Education

These courses introduce students to the unique needs of pregnant patients, infants and children, women and the elderly. Additional courses cover how chiropractic plays an important role in public health, health promotion and wellness. At Dr. Favro’s alma matter, Northwestern College of Chiropractic, they took health promotion one step further and had students work closely with the University of Minnesota‘s medical school to learn the benefits of a multidisciplinary health care model.

Diagnostic Imaging

Cervical Spine x-rayThis sequence covers the role of imaging technology in diagnostic decision-making. Students begin with courses covering normal radiographic anatomy. Later courses include interpretation of advanced imaging and the diagnosis of chiropractic and medical pathologies.

For more information about the chiropractic education, head to the American Chiropractic Association‘s website.