Chiropractic Schools Colleges & Universities

Students who pursue degrees in chiropractic education develop a range of skills to help keep their future patients healthy.

Chiropractic Education Colleges Promote Holistic Health Techniques: These days, many people--from the general population to healthcare professionals--agree that traditional Western medicine's powers are limited when it comes to caring for an individual's health and well being. Diet, exercise, and stress management have proven just as instrumental in maintaining one's health as regular check-ups. Chiropractic education colleges strive to impart this philosophy to the students in their charge. If you're a compassionate person blessed with strong powers of observation and would enjoy a career in the healthcare industry that focuses on holistic healing, you may want to consider enrolling in a chiropractic education program.

Chiropractic Education Colleges Teach a Comprehensive, Practical Approach: Employing a variety of therapeutic aids, including water, ultrasound, electricity, heat, and massage, chiropractors treat back- and spine-related injuries that may threaten a patient's entire immune system. They often recommend lifestyle changes to supplement chiropractic sessions.

Chiropractors must be licensed, prerequisites for which include two to four years of undergraduate education (biology, massage therapy, and physical therapy make excellent majors), completion of a four-year chiropractic program, and passing scores on state and/or national exams. Chiropractic education schools prepare students for real-world challenges with a curriculum that blends classroom study and clinical/laboratory practice. Typical courses include:

  • • Anatomy & physiology
  • • Public health
  • • Microbiology
  • • Spinal manipulation
  • • Neurology
  • • Nutrition

During the general undergraduate phase of their education, students may wish to take business courses (especially if they're preparing to shoulder administrative duties in their prospective career) and sharpen their communication skills. Because successful diagnoses depend on chiropractors asking the right questions and correctly interpreting information, good communication is essential.

Sunny Job Prospects for Graduates of Chiropractic Education Schools: According to recent findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in the chiropractic profession should increase much faster than average: about 20% during the 2008-18 decade. As more Americans welcome the transition to alternative healthcare--and as the aging population expands--demand for skilled chiropractors grows. The BLS notes that chiropractors working within a multi-disciplined practice (one that includes a chiropractor, physical therapist, and medical doctor, or some other similarly comprehensive combination) enjoy the best job prospects.

As of May 2009, the mean annual wage earned by chiropractors is $80,390. Major employers include physicians, outpatient care centers, general medical and surgical hospitals, and universities. That said, almost half of working chiropractors are self-employed. Those working in solo practices should prepare for low earnings at first, which increase as their business grows.

Success in the chiropractic occupations depends directly upon educational attainment, the sequential completion of three phases. So, if you suspect chiropractic work might be the kind of rewarding career you envision for yourself, don't hesitate to investigate the accredited chiropractic education schools in your area.

The writer Karin Hansen holds a degree in English from San Francisco State University.

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