UPDATED OCT. 21, 2021
Getting into chiropractic school is exciting, and your plan for becoming a chiropractor will take you through several stages as a student. One challenge you’ll face as you reach the end of your first term as a chiropractic intern is the OSCE exams – short for the Objective Structured Clinical Examination.
The Buildup to the OSCE Exam
You won’t need to stress about “the OSCEs” at the beginning of your chiropractic education. However, it is good to know about the OSCE because it’s a comprehensive evaluation of your clinical skills and how well you interact with patients.
Along the way to becoming a chiropractor, you’ll move from basic chiropractic education to becoming an intern in the student clinic. From there, you’ll advance to treating patients in the college’s public clinic. To do that, however, requires a good OSCE score. Showing your competency in chiropractic knowledge and techniques is what the OSCE exams are all about.
There are six stations in the OSCE exam, including taking a medical history, diagnosis, and demonstrating a variety of orthopedic exams to determine the presence of certain health conditions.
An added benefit of doing well on the OSCEs is its great preparation for the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners exams.
By the time you’re ready for your turn on the OSCE exam, your chiropractic education should have you prepared to pass the test with flying colors. Still, it’s a test with a lot at stake, so feeling apprehensive is perfectly reasonable. (Here’s a website to help you prepare.)
Here are a few tips for doing your best when it’s your time for the OSCE exams.
After the OSCE Exam
Once you have passed the entrance OSCEs, you will become a chiropractic intern who is eligible to treat members of the general public. Remember, the OSCE exam also helps prepare you for Part IV board exams. This is important because passing the chiropractic board exams is required to receive your chiropractic license.
Before you complete your studies on the way to becoming a chiropractor, you will take another OSCE exam. The exit OSCE exam is similar to the entrance OSCE exam. The biggest difference is that you will take the exit OSCE exam as you prepare to complete your internship and graduate.
Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) is a private, nonprofit, chiropractic and health science university in Overland Park, Kansas, a suburb of the Kansas City metro. Students can earn the Doctor of Chiropractic degree (D.C.) in 3.3 years through a year-round, trimester schedule.
Points of distinction for the CUKC chiropractic degree include:
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