Chiropractic Basic Edu.

BASIC CHIROPRACTIC EDUCATION OVERVIEW

While the FMCSA requires postgraduate level education to be completed by the CME candidate, and that the federal test is successfully accomplished before being awarded Certified Medical Examiner (CME) status, included here to inform the public about the basic chiropractic education, you will find a typical curriculum overview. A large portion of education involves preparing the student of chiropractic to conduct and obtain patient medical history and to perform a physical examination, and to render a diagnosis and treat various conditions. As well, a significant portion of basic education is instruction in clinical pathology.

Chiropractic education curriculum can vary slightly per chiropractic college one selects for participating in to obtain the Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree; however, the core curriculum remains the same in preparing the student well including much clinical experience. A prerequisite to chiropractic education is having obtained a Bachelor of Science degree, or the completion of the last portion of the BS degree in conjunction with chiropractic education.

The basic chiropractic education includes 4,300 contact hours (approx. 4 years of basic education). Highlights of a curriculum are:
  • Hands-on techniques begin in the first trimester
  • Supervised in-class adjusting in trimester three
  • Strong foundation in the basic sciences
  • Exposure to multiple techniques to improve patient care
  • Training in physiologic therapeutics, nutrition, rehabilitation and health promotion
  • Extensive radiology training
  • Early clinical training experiences
  • Electives including sports injuries and specialized techniques
  • Business and practice management throughout entire curriculum
Core courses included in the basic 4,300 hours of education include (but is not limited to) the following:
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomechanics of the Human Body
  • Gross Anatomy
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Mental Health
  • Neuromusculoskeletal system
  • Gastrointestinal conditions
  • Pathology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Cardiopulmonary System
  • Pharmacology
  • Endocrinology
  • Public Health and Prevention
  • Men's Health, Women's Health, Children and Infant Health
  • Histology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Elective courses
  • and more


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