Chiropractic Medicine

Please note: This is an informational page for current SPU students and does not represent a program that SPU offers.

Chiropractic medicine is an alternative form of medicine that uses spinal manipulations, also known as adjustments, to relieve pain or other health issues. A person might seek chiropractic care if experiencing back pain, headaches, muscle tightness, or even more general health issues like inflammation. Chiropractic doctors are trained to assess a patient through examination, laboratory testing and diagnostic imaging. Because of this, some patients use chiropractic doctors as their primary care provider. Their chiropractor can refer them to allopathic or osteopathic physicians if necessary.

Becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine requires four years of undergraduate training in the sciences, normally following a pre-med track. There are an additional four years spent in chiropractic school. The first two years are centered around classroom and lab-learning, while the final two years are in a clinical environment. The licensing exam is four parts; the first and second are administered after the second and third years in school, respectively. The third and fourth are taken six and nine months after graduation.

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General Information


Becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine requires 4 or 5 years of chiropractic college, which includes 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience.


Most programs require the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree or at least 90 semester credits
  • Completion of the following course work:
    • General Chemistry w/lab, Organic Chemistry w/lab, Biology w/lab, Physics w/lab

Standardized Tests

Standardized tests are not required by most colleges for entrance.

To become a licensed chiropractor, you must take a board examination through the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE).

Content provided by PPHS students Becca Gorrie and Emma Honeyman