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Chiropractic Schools Lead to Alternative Health Care Careers

If you or a friend have ever been helped by a chiropractor, you know that chiropractic medicine is a very real, very powerful science. Chiropractors work with patients who have health problems of the musculoskeletal system, and treat the effects of those problems on the nervous system and on overall health. In order to do this, chiropractors need extensive education at chiropractic schools.

Getting in to chiropractic schools
To be considered for admission to chiropractic schools, you must have completed at least 90 semester hours of undergraduate study toward a bachelor's degree, including courses in biology, English, organic and inorganic chemistry, physics, psychology, and the social sciences or humanities. Some chiropractic schools offer bachelor's degree programs tailored to meet the prerequisites of doctor of chiropractic programs.

What you'll study
Doctor of chiropractic programs consist of a minimum of 4,200 hours (about four years) of combined classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience in the following subjects: adjustive techniques; anatomy; biochemistry; biomechanics; clinical decision making; dermatology; diagnostic imaging procedures; first aid and emergency procedures; geriatrics; gynecology; microbiology; neurology; nutrition/dietetics; obstetrics; orthopedics; otolaryngology; pathology; pediatrics; physical, clinical, and laboratory diagnosis; physiology; principles and practice of chiropractic; professional practice ethics; psychology; public health; research methods and procedures; and spinal analysis.

Qualifications for licensure
All state licensing boards require that candidates for licensure earn a doctor of chiropractic degree from an accredited chiropractic college. The Council on Chiropractic Education, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, has accredited 15 doctor of chiropractic programs in 18 locations. Candidates must also pass a four-part test administered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. For state-specific licensure requirements, including continuing education hours, check with your state licensing board:

Securing an alternative health care career
With training from chiropractic schools, you will be poised to enter a fast-growing career. In fact, with ever-increasing consumer demand for alternative health care, employment of chiropractors is expected to increase 14 percent - faster than the average for all occupations - between 2006 and 2016, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And your years of chiropractic education will pay dividends: In May 2007, median annual earnings of salaried chiropractors were $65,890.

Consider chiropractic schools, and help meet the growing need for alternative health care in America.

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