If you’re wondering, “How many years does it take to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree?” you’re not alone. Making the decision to pursue a degree involves an investment of time, energy, and resources. Knowing how long it could take you to earn your degree and enter the profession is key to planning for success. So, here you go, a spoiler alert: You can earn your doctor of chiropractic degree in as little as 3 1/2 years from Cleveland University-Kansas City.
Why bother reading further? Because getting a true picture of how long your chiropractic education will take and understanding it in the context of your life requires a closer look.
Preparing for Chiropractic School
Before starting a chiropractic program, consider the education you’ve already received. Which sounds most like you?
The way you prepare for chiropractic college depends on how you answered the previous question. If you’re in high school or are a recent high school graduate, you will need to work toward an undergraduate college degree and complete prerequisite courses before participating in a chiropractic program.
If you’re a current college student or a college graduate, you need to see how much of your coursework will transfer to the accredited chiropractic program you wish to pursue. Some states require a doctor of chiropractic to hold a bachelor’s degree for licensure.
Earning Two Degrees
Typically, it takes a bachelor’s degree before you can begin your chiropractic studies, but it doesn’t have to take that long. If you’re someone with a lot of drive who is eager to enter the chiropractic program as early as you can, consider researching the different formal transfer (or articulation) agreements for the chiropractic program you’ve selected. Doing so could allow you to earn your degree in even less time.
At Cleveland University-Kansas City, students earning concurrent B.S./D.C. degrees are getting two degrees instead of one. The fourth year of the bachelor of science program and the first year of the doctor of chiropractic program overlap so that participating students begin their chiropractic career after six years of college instead of the traditional seven. This type of program follows a 3+3 model; yes, there’s that magic number three again.
Chiropractic programs are demanding, and rightfully so. Doctors of chiropractic need to be knowledgeable, experienced, and prepared to care for those who entrust them with their health. During the time you spend studying chiropractic, you also prepare to obtain a chiropractic license. (Licensing requirements vary by state.)
Similar to medical doctors, chiropractors must prove that they’re prepared to practice by passing national board exams and earning continuing education credits.
As you consider the chiropractic programs available to you, take the time to reflect on why you’re choosing to enter the chiropractic profession. Investing three to four years into a program that will provide you with a career for decades to come is worth thoughtful consideration.
About the College of Chiropractic at Cleveland University-Kansas City
Request information about the degree programs at Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) today to find out how to start toward your career in chiropractic care! CUKC is a nonprofit, private, healthcare-focused university in Overland Park, Kan., a suburb of the Kansas City metro.
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