In a recent U.S. News & World ranking of the best healthcare jobs, one doctor of chiropractic interviewed said the answers to three questions would help someone feel confident in a decision to become a chiropractor: “Do I care about people? Do I like to interact with people? Do I like feeling a sense of satisfaction from accomplishments?”
Solid information always provides a good foundation for decisions. So, the first thing to get clear about a chiropractic career is to know what chiropractors do and why their approach to healthcare makes so much sense.
Doctors of chiropractic (D.C.s) healthcare professionals focused on diagnosis, care, and prevention of disorders of the spine and other parts of the musculoskeletal system and the associated effects of these disorders on the nervous system and general health.
Chiropractic care services are used most often to care for musculoskeletal complaints, including back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. That focus makes sense because data shows musculoskeletal pain – particularly related to joints and the back – is the most common type of chronic pain.
Chronic back pain is known to reduce mobility, quality of life, and longevity, and often includes increased rates of experiencing other health problems.
The 2022 report Chiropractic: A Safe and Cost-effective Approach to Health offers a deep and wide-ranging examination of how chiropractic care fits with today’s emphasis on better healthcare over a lifetime and delivering it more efficiently.
Among the findings in the report:
The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) ensures the quality of education at chiropractic colleges. The CCE-USA Educational Standards document identifies mandatory meta-competencies outlining the skills, attitudes, and knowledge required to prepare graduates to serve as primary care chiropractic physicians.
These competencies require the chiropractic graduate to demonstrate the ability to:
Each chiropractic college will have the requirements listed on its website. Typically, applicants will have a bachelor’s degree or at least 90 hours of college coursework. Areas of undergraduate study that contribute to a solid foundation for chiropractic education include:
A doctor of chiropractic since 2011, Dr. Jeremy Kobler, says it all comes down to ensuring patients are satisfied with their chiropractic care. One Gallup-Palmer survey showed that 97% of past-year chiropractic patients would likely see a chiropractor again for neck and back pain.
“You know, the public has a better understanding of what the profession is today,” he says. “When you can help patients become pain free, and improve their overall health, that’s what makes chiropractic a really satisfying and worthwhile career.”
Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) is a private, nonprofit, chiropractic and life sciences university in Overland Park, Kansas, a prominent suburb of the Kansas City metro. Our College of Chiropractic has graduated nearly 12,000 students into the workforce since its founding in 1922.
Important aspects of our D.C. program:
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