The educational requirements necessary to study at a chiropractic college are amongst the highest in the academic world.
The chiropractic academic curriculum includes an average of more than 4300 hours of class and laboratory attendance including more than 1000 hours of clinical experience.
Commonly, three A-Level passes are required, preferably to include two science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Psychology or Statistics) with minimum grades 'BBB'. Furthermore, applicants should normally possess a minimum of 5 GCSE (or equivalent) passes at grade B or higher, to include mathematics and English Language, (AECC online, 2013)*.
Currently, a chiropractic degree may be obtained studying in one of about thirty accredited colleges throughout the world:
- 17 in USA,
- 2 in Canada, (only one in taught in English)
- 2 in Australia,
- 3 in UK, (only 2 are accredited by the European Council of Chiropractic Education – the General Chiropractic Council, UK, has recently allowed temporary Regulatory Status to the McTimoney college under special conditions until the 2011)
- 1 in Japan, (no English teaching)
- 1 in Denmark, (no English teaching)
- 1 in France, (no English teaching)
- 1 in Sweden,
- 1 in New Zealand,
- 2 in South Africa, (only one is accredited by the European Council).
The aim of the basic chiropractic curriculum is to provide an in-depth understanding of the structures and functions of the human body, how these relate to each other and how they affects overall health.
The educational program includes training in:
- basic medical sciences, including anatomy with human dissection,
- differential diagnosis,
- therapeutic techniques.
In fact, a doctor of chiropractic can both diagnose and treat patients, which separates them from other health therapists.
* AECC, http://www.aecc.ac.uk/undergrad/courses/chiro/uk.aspx#General%20requirements - checked on Sep/2013.