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A Chiropractic education requires a minimum of 3 years of undergraduate study before being accepted into a Chiropractic College. Then an additional 5 "academic years" of post graduate education is required. This can be completed in 3 1/2 years if a student attends school all year round without any breaks.

Chiropractic Education Compared to Medical Education

                     Chiropractic classroom hours           Medical classroom hours

Anatomy                                 540                                       508

Physiology                              240                                        326

Pathology                               360                                        401

Chemistry                               165                                        325

Microbiology                            120                                        114

Diagnosis                               630                                        324

Neurology                               320                                        112

X-Ray                                     360                                        148

Psychiatry                                 60                                        144

Obstetrics                                 60                                        148

Orthopedics                             210                                        156

Total Hours                           2,887                                            2,706

This does not include residency, internships or extra-curricular studies or specialties of either profession. 

Upon completion of all educational requirements and graduation, a Doctor of Chiropractic must also pass a 5 part
National Board examination to practice in most U.S. states.  They may also need to pass state examinations
depending on where they want to practice.

This comparison chart is based on the review of curriculum catalogues from eleven chiropractic colleges
and twenty-two
medical schools in the United States.

Taken from Chiropractic First by Terry A. Rondberg, D.C., published by The Chiropractic Journal


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