Chiropractic Education:

To become a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), typically the candidate will meet the prequisite for engaging in basic chiropractic study by completing a 4 year undergraduate degree. Then, basic chiropractic study (education) consists of 4 more years (or, approximately 4,800 hours) in clinical sciences including an internship in the latter stages of one's chiropractic education. The candidate must also complete a series of National Board examinations.

Additional Specialty Education:

For the Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), postgraduate study is available and in the case of this specialty, the Diplomate program exists, consisting of approximately 300 hours of education including a field study project (to demonstrate competency), and then a final written board examination. By successfully completing the Diplomate program requirements for hours and examination, the candidate is awarded Diplomate status in the American Chiropractic Board of Occupational Health (DACBOH). Completing all of the above involves roughly 11 years of education.