In our experience of educating pioneers in chiropractic and health sciences for more than 100 years, our prospective students have asked just about every question you can imagine. We compiled 5 questions those interested in pursuing a chiropractic degree typically ask as they decide which chiropractic school to attend. Take a look and see if the answers you are seeking are here, too.
A. You can become a Doctor of Chiropractic at just about any age. Although most chiropractic students apply to a chiropractic program after earning a bachelor’s degree, pursuing a Doctor of Chiropractic degree (D.C.) as a second career can be personally satisfying and rewarding.
Sometimes, those who’ve recovered from an injury or chronic pain, thanks to chiropractic care, will have the personal drive to enter chiropractic school after earning a college degree. Others may decide to make a career change because they want a profession focused on helping people.
Because most chiropractors own their businesses or are in a group practice, they control their income potential, time spent working, and how the practice operates. As a chiropractor, you’ll:
A. An accelerated Doctor of Chiropractic degree program can be completed in just 3.3 years (10 trimesters). Requirements for chiropractic school include 90 credit hours of college courses in specific areas and a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Those drawn toward healthcare should take biology, anatomy, physiology, general and organic chemistry, and anatomy courses.
The undergraduate (bachelor’s degree) direction is called pre-med or pre-healthcare and often centers on the biological sciences, such as human biology, kinesiology, or exercise science.
For efficiency regarding time in school, a student may choose a concurrent bachelor’s degree in biology/Doctor of Chiropractic degree option. This path can reduce total time in school by up to a year.
Students interested in earning their Doctor of Chiropractic degree at CUKC often choose to earn a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology.
A. For the Doctor of Chiropractic degree, students take on more than 4,200 clock hours of classroom education. Patient care experience often begins as early as the first year.
Overall, chiropractic students receive comprehensive classroom education in areas such as
A. Evidence-based research continues to support the use of chiropractic care.
A. Like other college options, including graduate school, education costs can be paid by a mix of federal or private loans, scholarships, need-based grants, and personal or family sources. Federal Work-Study positions, tutoring, and part-time work are also useful.
In an article on doctorly.org, Stephen Gubernick, D.C., indicated the cost of his chiropractic school education was worthwhile. “For me,” he said, “the largest reward has been the ability to improve health naturally and make changes that positively impact people’s lives.”
Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) is a private, nonprofit, chiropractic and health sciences university in Overland Park, Kansas, a city of nearly 190,000 people within the Kansas City metropolitan area. We’re now in our 2nd century in chiropractic education and a recognized leader in health promotion.
More than 11,500 alumni have earned their Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree through our College of Chiropractic.
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