There are currently 16 chiropractic colleges in the United States, ten of which were established
prior to 1945. Over 14,000 young men and women attend these chiropractic colleges each year.
Since 1974, standards for chiropractic education have been established and monitored by the
Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), a nonprofit organization located in Scottsdale,
Arizona. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the specialized accrediting
agency for chiropractic education, the CCE sets the standards for the curriculum, faculty and
staff, facilities, patient care and research.
Admissions requirements of chiropractic colleges are influenced by CCE standards and
chiropractic licensing board requirements. A minimum of three years of undergraduate
education is required, with successful completion of courses in biology, anatomy/physiolgy,
general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, psychology, English/communication and the
humanities. Each required science course must also include a laboratory unit.
Ninety credits or more must be completed prior to application to a chiropractic college but a
bachelor degree is encouraged.
A chiropractic program consists of four academic years of professional education averaging a
total of 4,822 hours of course work. The first two years are focused on intense basic sciences:
*anatomy (with cadaver lab dissection)
Several areas of study are emphasized during the course of chiropractic education:
1) adjustive techniques/spinal analysis
2) principles/practices of chiropractic
3) physiologic therapeutics
The practice of chiropractic is licensed and regulated in all 50 states in the U.S. and in over 30
countries worldwide. State licensing boards regulate, among other factors, the education,
experience and moral character of candidates for licensure, and protect the public health,
safety and welfare.
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) was established in 1963 and functions
quite similarly to the National Board of Medical Examiners. The NBCE maintains consistency
and fairness among the state licensing boards. The NBCE also administers the national board
examination necessary to practice as a chiropractor. This exam is divided into several specific
Part I: covers the basic sciences and may be taken after the first year of chiropractic college
Part II: covers clinical sciences and is administered when students are in their senior year of
Part III: is a written clinical competency examination that requires a student to have passed
parts I and II and be within eight months of graduation.
Part IV: Oral practical exam in a doctor patient clinic setting .
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