Chiropractors or also known as chiropractic physicians or doctors of chiropractic care are physicians specialized in the management of problems in the neuromusculoskeletal system with the use of non-surgical and non-medical approaches. Chiropractors mainly perform managements with special emphasis on the spine. The scope of practice of chiropractors is different than the scope of ordinary physicians. Chiropractors are considered physicians of complementary and alternative medicines by the World Health organization. However, chiropractors also perform aspects of assessment, diagnosis, implementation and evaluation just like any other health care professionals. In order to become a chiropractor, there are steps to take in order to acquire the needed skills and knowledge in employing chiropractic care.
First, chiropractors need to undertake a professional degree in chiropractic. A bachelor’s degree in chiropractic is the first step to become a chiropractor. Chiropractic trainings are more confined in the classrooms and curriculum is geared towards learning theories, marketing and adjustment. After the chiropractic degree, a national, provincial or state board examination may be undertaken in order to become licensed to be a chiropractor. A master’s degree in chiropractic is the next step for the continuing education of chiropractors. Next, a doctorate degree may be undertaken to become a doctor of chiropractor. Doctor of Chiropractic is a first professional degree just like doctors of medicine and the like. Accredited chiropractic programs in most countries including the United States require Doctor of Chiropractic applicants to have undergraduate education of 90 semester hours with at least 3.0 grade point average. Most institutions require undergraduate degrees and most of these undergraduate degrees should be a bachelor’s title. In Canada, Doctor of Chiropractic requires at least three years of undergraduate degree with at least 4200 instructional hours of chiropractic education. The guidelines of the World Health Organization require three major full-time paths ending to Doctor of Chiropractic or Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine from Bachelors in Chiropractic and Masters in Chiropractic.
After which, continuing education may also be undertaken and this may be required in some locations. Specialty trainings are also available through a part-time postgraduate training. Specialty trainings may include radiology orthopedics, sports chiropractic or chiropractic orthopedics.
Chiropractors may also receive a diplomate or fellowship degree after commencing a doctor of Chiropractic degree. A diplomate is someone who have undergone a post-doctoral program and passed a board examination of that particular program. A fellow is someone who is already a diplomate who had further completion of a post-residency subspecialty program. These continuing educations are sometimes undertaken by chiropractors to ensure a credible credential in practicing chiropractic care.
Chiropractic institutions offering chiropractic degree need to be accredited by accrediting bodies. For instance in the United States, the Council on Chiropractic Education or CCE accredits chiropractic schools. Other countries may also have their own regulating bodies for chiropractors.
The chiropractic profession is also regulated by colleges and boards in most countries having a chiropractic education including the United States, Australia, Canada and Mexico. Regulatory boards are needed in order to protect the public, instituting disciplinary measures, standards of practice and quality assurance of chiropractors.
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