Chiropractic Expertise

Graduates of the Doctor of Chiropractic program earn the ability to:

  • Practice direct contact health care as a portal-of-entry provider for all patients
  • Assess a patient’s general health status and determine a diagnosis
  • Develop a goal-oriented case management plan
  • Assume appropriate doctor/patient relationships with continuity in the chiropractic management of health problems, and coordination of care with other health care providers
  • Promote wellness by assessing health risk and providing problem-related information and counseling
  • Gain eligibility to sit for NBCE licensure
Approximately 95% of the students who enter UBCC complete the requirements
for graduation.

The 28 Skills of the UBCC D.C. Graduate

Upon successful completion of the UBCC Doctor of Chiropractic program, the graduate will have the ability to:

  1. Recognize and promote that the body is an integrated unit with intrinsic self-regulating and healing mechanisms.
  2. Understand that the neuro-musculoskeletal system can affect the functioning of other body systems and, in-turn, can be affected by these systems.
  3. Interpret the basic sciences and health care sciences to explain normal human structure, function, and allostasis.
  4. Act with honesty, integrity, respect, and a commitment to service in all patient interactions.
  5. Value the need to act with altruism, humanism, cultural competency, accountability, excellence, integrity, punctuality, empathy, efficiency, reliability, thoroughness, morality, and respect.
  6. Obtain an appropriate patient history.
  7. Perform a history-driven physical examination.
  8. Order and interpret the appropriate diagnostic, laboratory, and imaging tests based on the patient history and physical examination findings.
  9. Recognize and arrange the referral of patients to the appropriate health care professional when necessary.
  10. Formulate a list of differential diagnoses, determine a working diagnosis and prognosis, and communicate this to the patient in a report-of-findings.
  11. Distinguish between acute, sub-acute, and chronic levels of pain, dysfunction, and disability.
  12. Create plans of management to address acute, sub-acute, and chronic levels of pain, dysfunction, and disability.
  13. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of chiropractic history, the philosophy of chiropractic, therapeutics, and technique systems.
  14. Practice using chiropractic techniques, therapeutics, and other conservative complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) procedures.
  15. Utilize critical thinking, evidence-informed practice principles, and technologies to improve the delivery of health care services.
  16. Interact with patients, their families, and the community at large in order to build patient rapport and continually improve cultural competency.
  17. Utilize written and electronic health records to communicate with patients, other chiropractors, and health care professionals.
  18. Generate effective communications with patients, employers, insurance companies, government agencies, and the legal system.
  19. Reflect on their performance as a chiropractor to identify professional limitations and actively take action for improvement.
  20. Determine the health care issues affecting humans at the individual, community, and general population levels during all aspects of life, and develop strategies to make improvements.
  21. Appraise modern health care delivery systems with the goal of aiding patients to access all levels of health care.
  22. Employ preventive measures that enable patient health and wellness.
  23. Advocate for disease prevention and wellness throughout the community.
  24. Facilitate the integration of chiropractic within all health care systems.
  25. Support positive change to the existing health care system.
  26. Engage with the chiropractic community and other professions at the local, state, and national levels to encourage integrative health care.
  27. Evaluate the diverse professional opportunities available for the doctor of chiropractic: associateships, purchasing a private practice, employment within a coordinated care organization or health care facility, starting a chiropractic business, education, and research employment opportunities.
  28. Assess the value of pursuing resident training, board certification, and other advanced employment opportunities.

Licensure

UBCC graduates are eligible for licensure in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Canadian Provinces and other foreign countries as regulated by local laws and regulations without restrictions. U.S. licensure requires students to pass the national boards, which includes Parts I, II, III, IV, and Physiotherapy examinations as offered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE). Students should contact the NBCE or the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB) for additional information pertaining to licensure or the state(s) where they wish to practice.

NBCE Completion Data

Successful Completion of NBCE Licensing Exams
within six (6) months post-graduation

Calendar Year
(Last 4 Years)
Number of Graduates
Attempting Any
or All Parts (I, II, III, IV)
of NBCE Exams
within six (6) months
post-graduation
Number of Graduates
Passing All Parts
(I, II, III, IV) of NBCE Exams
within six (6) months
post-graduation
Percentage of Graduates
Passing All Parts
(I, II, III, IV) of NBCE Exams
within six (6) months
post-graduation
2013 Graduates
54
48
89%
2014 Graduates
42
34
81%
2015 Graduates
31
25
81%
2016 Graduates
39
34
87%
Totals
166
141
85%
Weighted Average

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