Chiropractic Schools and Training Programs

Learn about chiropractic certificate and degree programs and careers in the field, including office assistant, technician and chiropractor. Find out education and licensure requirements for these jobs. Schools offering Allied Health degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Your studies in chiropractic care can prepare you to become a doctor who treats patients with conditions ranging from pain and soreness to chronic conditions with a focus on their overall health. While the majority of training options available are geared toward earning a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, you can also find programs to train for a technician or therapist position at a chiropractic office.

Program Options Diploma in Chiropractic Technician, Chiropractic Technician Therapy Certificate, Associate of Science in Chiropractic Technician, Doctor of Chiropractic
Courses Gross anatomy, spinal anatomy, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, embryology, cellular physiology, endocrinology, palpation, subluxation analysis
Training Clinical rotations required to graduate from a chiropractic program

What Schools Offer a Doctor of Chiropractic Program?

The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) accredits institutions that offer chiropractic programs. There are currently 18 schools across the U.S. accredited by the CCE, according to the American Chiropractic Association. These schools offer programs that combine classroom studies, labs and clinical rotations that lead to a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. These schools are:

  • Cleveland University - Kansas City - Overland Park, KS
  • D'Youville College - Buffalo, NY
  • Life Chiropractic College West - Hayward, CA
  • Life University - Marietta, GA
  • Logan University - Chesterfield, MO
  • National University of Health Sciences - Lombard, IL
  • National University of Health Sciences St. Petersburg - Pinellas Park, FL
  • New York Chiropractic College - Seneca Falls, NY
  • Northwestern Health Sciences University - Bloomington, MN
  • Palmer College of Chiropractic - Davenport, IA; Port Orange, FL; San Jose, CA
  • Parker University - Dallas, TX
  • Sherman College of Chiropractic - Boiling Springs, SC
  • Southern California University of Health Sciences - Whittier, CA
  • Texas Chiropractic College - Pasadena, TX
  • University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic - Bridgeport, CT
  • University of Western States - Portland, OR

How Can I Prepare for Chiropractic Schools and Training?

To qualify for admission to a school offering a Doctor of Chiropractic program, you need to have at least 90 semester hours toward a bachelor's degree, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ( Some programs may require a bachelor's degree as a prerequisite to admission, but you generally need to take a certain number of specific courses, including:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Organic chemistry
  • Biochemistry

All science courses should include a lab.

Where Can I Take Pre-Chiropractic Courses?

Many colleges and universities across the U.S. offer pre-chiropractic programs. Some programs might be completed online, though they could involve on-campus labs. Look for an undergraduate school that offers a non-degree pre-chiropractic program or a bachelor's degree in a health- or science-related major. After completing your undergraduate work, you can apply to a professional chiropractic school to work toward your Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.). Most D.C. programs take four years to complete, although some schools offer accelerated degree programs.

What Might I Learn?

Most D.C. programs teach a combination of biology and chemistry, as well as specific chiropractic techniques and business practices. In order to become a licensed D.C., you need to accumulate a certain number of hours of experience in the classroom and through clinical internships. Through your chiropractic-training program, you have the opportunity to receive hands-on training in an affiliated facility or an on-campus chiropractic clinic.

Do I Have to Earn a Doctorate to Work in the Chiropractic Field?

If you'd like to work in the chiropractic field but don't want to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic, other options are available to you. Some schools offer associate's degrees or certificate programs for students who want to work in a chiropractic clinic as an office assistant, therapist or technician. These programs can prepare you to assist a chiropractor in an administrative or medical capacity by teaching the specific skills necessary for working in the chiropractic field. Coursework could include therapeutic approaches, wellness and examination concepts.

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