What training and qualifications does a doctor of chiropractic receive?
Doctors of chiropractic are required to adhere to strict and extensive educational requirements and standards to become registered health professionals in Australia.
To become a registered chiropractor in Australia you must have studied an accredited 5-year chiropractic program conducted at a University within Australia, or have completed an accredited program overseas that satisfies the requirements set by the Australian Chiropractors Registration Boards.
What do doctors of chiropractic study at university?
Independent government and medical studies in the U.S., Sweden and New Zealand have concluded that chiropractic education is the equivalent of medical education in all of the basic sciences.
Chiropractic university courses are of similar length and depth as medical courses, but focus on promoting healthier lifestyles via better body function, rather than on drugs and surgery.
Additionally, chiropractic education involves a special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, X-ray, spinal adjusting techniques and related subjects. This demanding curriculum enables doctors of chiropractic to care for a range of health conditions, and help individuals on the path to overall wellness.
A chiropractor’s education never ends. After entering practice, most doctors complete continuing professional development courses and seminars to upgrade and improve their skills and to stay current on the latest scientific research.