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Chiropractic License Requirements

Licensure Requirements

When the “Chiropractic Initative Act of California” was passed in 1922, the educational requirements were modest—a high school diploma and a mere 60 chiropractic college credits.
Today that’s changed!
These days, a chiropractor’s education is quite similar to what medical practitioners receive. Some chiropractic colleges require a Bachelor’s degree before enrollment and generally requires a minimum of six years of college study:

Chiropractic Subject Medical
366.4 Anatomy-Embryology 184.6
120.0 Biochemistry 108.4
197.0 Microbiology/Public Health 155.3
105.9 Cell Biology/Histology 130.7
312.8 Physical Diagnosis/Clinical Medicine 200.5
141.4 Neuroscience 114.0
561.2 Physiology/Pathology 542.3
66.7 Nutrition 21.5
29.4 Pharmacology 99.0
1,900.8 TOTAL 1,556.3

Source: Parker College of Chiropractic 2008-2009 catalog page 125


Obviously, medical doctors receive additional training in pharmacology and surgery, whereas chiropractors focus more on physiology, pathology and spinal adjusting techniques.

After passing board examinations, today’s chiropractor, like other types of doctors, attend continuing education courses for relicensure and to remain current on the most current research.

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