Being a chiropractic student is tough work. When you’re a chiropractor, people will depend on you to diagnose, treat and prevent disorders of the spine as well as other parts of the human body’s intricate systems of muscles, ligaments, and skeleton. You know that being a doctor of chiropractic is a privilege, so getting the most out of every moment in and out of the classroom as a chiropractic student makes sense. To aid in your pursuit, we’ve actually packed 5 resources in this blog for your use as you work toward earning your chiropractic degree and prepare for your future career.
1. Chiropractic Associations
If you haven’t already, begin to explore which chiropractic organizations you would like to join. Being part of a chiropractic association as a student can help to broaden your perspective and keep you on top of the latest chiropractic news and trends.
As a chiropractic student, you are likely to receive a reduced member rate. In addition to joining your state chiropractic association, consider joining larger organizations too, such as the American Chiropractic Association and the International Chiropractors Association.
2. Student Clubs
Find out what student clubs your chiropractic college offers and get involved. Often national chiropractic organizations have local student chapters on campus, so connect with other chiropractic students and build a network of colleagues and friends who you will grow and work with as you earn your chiropractic degree.
Take the time to explore clubs that focus on specific chiropractic techniques, specialties, or care for specific populations. Specialized clubs can present learning opportunities that help you gain practice and insight.
Examples include a sports chiropractic club, women’s chiropractic club, and the sacro-occipital technique club.
3. National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE)
As a chiropractic student, you will dedicate a large chunk of your time to prepare for the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) tests. Passing the four-part NBCE board exams demonstrates your knowledge and readiness to practice chiropractic. While the NBCE doesn’t certify or license chiropractors, the NBCE prepares and administers the exams that state licensing boards use to evaluate doctors of chiropractic as part of the licensing process.
4. Library Services and Staff
Please take time to walk into your school’s library and ask the librarians questions about the resources available. Your library staff will have assisted countless chiropractic students just like you. They’re ready to show you time-savers for navigating the resources and staying on track with your research and studies.
Some online library services and research sites offer the opportunity to sign-up for emails and alerts when news is available about specific topics of interest. Sign-up for these emails as the opportunities arise, so you don’t forget about them later.
Pro-tip: Unsubscribe from the emails that don’t work for you and spend just 15 minutes a day scanning the emails that interest to you. Save those emails in a folder for future reference on an upcoming assignment.
When it comes to tutoring, get help early and often. As a chiropractic student, you’re learning, and that’s what you’re supposed to do. Check to see if your college offers free tutoring specifically for chiropractic students. If the college doesn’t provide free tutoring, ask your instructors for tutoring recommendations and advice.
To make the most of your tutoring session, let your tutor know in advance the class, skill, or concept you would like to understand better. Then come to the meeting prepared with specific questions you’d like to discuss. Before you wrap up your tutoring session, summarize what you learned from your session and get clarification if needed.
CUKC Chiropractic Students
In addition to the resources mentioned above, the chiropractic students at Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) have access to a fantastic team of faculty and staff who are dedicated to the success of each student.
The University’s College of Chiropractic has been a national leader since 1922. CUKC is also the first U.S. chiropractic school to have two Force Sensing Tables in the adjusting laboratory on campus, which is helping students gain chiropractic adjustment skills and confidence.
CUKC students begin hands-on classes as early as the first trimester. Then as they progress through the degree program, CUKC chiropractic students intern in the on-campus student chiropractic clinic and then move to the on-campus public chiropractic clinic. These experiences prepare them to be the difference in health care.
Connect with an admissions advisor to learn more about the doctor of chiropractic degree at CUKC and to schedule a campus tour. Eager to learn more right now? Request the free eBook, Your Complete Guide to the Chiropractic Profession today!