Chiropractics – College of Chiropractic

September 2011

Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)
  Chiropractor Source Notes
Required level of general education 90 semester hours (the equivalent of 3 academic years of undergraduate study) Effective, January 2014 or earlier: Students who have completed the equivalent of three academic years of undergraduate study (90 semester hours) at an institution(s) accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or an equivalent foreign agency with a GPA for these 90 hours of not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The 90 hours will include a minimum of 24 semester hours in life and physical science courses
Required graduate-level education 4 academic years The DCP offers an educational program for the Doctor of Chiropractic degree that minimally requires the equivalent of 4,200 instructional hours which ensures that the program is commensurate with doctoral level professional training in a health science discipline, a portion of which incorporates this training into patient care settings
Hands-On Animal Patient Training None    
Certification Exam National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE)  
Continuing Education Required 12 - 24 hours / year   Range is not exact; based on a sampling of state requirements
Legal ability to prescribe drugs to animals No All States currently exclude prescribing drugs and performing major surgery from chiropractic practice
Overseeing agency / regulating body State chiropractic board Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards
This chart was prepared to provide an example of the education, training, certification and regulatory oversight requirements of veterinarians and non-veterinarian providers in selected areas of veterinary practice. The chart is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a comprehensive statement on the subject matter covered, but rather a guide that provides practical information for the reader. The chart does not represent legal advice and does not constitute a limitation or expansion of the lawful scope of practice applicable in any jurisdiction. The educational programs included in this resource are those known to AVMA and most often referenced in state regulations. This list is not exhaustive and not intended to describe every program offered in any covered category. The information was prepared in September 2011 and may not necessarily reflect future changes in programs. We hope that you find this material useful. Links to other websites are provided for information and convenience only. The inclusion of such materials or links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorsement of those views and positions.
Source: Staff research, AVMA State Legislative and Regulatory Department
Contact: tsouthwellatavma [dot] org (Tara Southwell), State Policy Analyst, AVMA State Legislative and Regulatory Department, 847-285-6779