A doctor of chiropractic student working with a patient

Outcomes & Careers

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.

Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the field of chiropractic is expected to grow much faster than average over the next decade. UBSC graduates are fully prepared to become licensed and pursue numerous career opportunities such as:

  • Solo or group practitioner
  • Educator
  • Sports team chiropractor
  • Chiropractic practitioner at an integrated medical group, wellness center, or hospital
  • Healthcare administrator
  • Researcher

Practices seeking UBSC Graduates

Employers seeking chiropractic practitioners know that UBSC graduates will deliver a high-level of care. Here are just a few of the practices and institutions seeking UBSC grads:


UBSC 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.


UBSC NBCE Completion Data

Performance on the NBCE Part I, II, III & IV Examinations.

The overall weighted average of the four (4) most recent years’ NBCE Parts I, II, III, and IV Exam success rates must not be less than 80%.

This is in accordance with UBSC’s accrediting body the Council on Chiropractic (CCE). 

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
2017 Graduates 34 30 88.24%
2018 Graduates 38 33 86.84%
2019 Graduates 45 39 86.67%
2020 Graduates 52 45 86.54%
Totals 169 147 86.98%
      Weighted Average

UBSC DCP Graduation Completion Rates

Completion of the D.C. Degree Program: The two-year average completion rate, calculated at 150% of the time normally designated for completion of the DC degree, must be at least 70%. This is in accordance with UBSC's accrediting body the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE). 

University of Bridgeport School of Chiropractic (UBSC)
Normal Length of Program: 8 Semesters
Entrance Term # of Students Matriculated in Entrance Term Term 12 Semesters After Entrance Term # Students in Column A That Graduated by Term in Column C Completion Rate at the 150th Percentile
Spring 2014 13 Fall 2019 9 69.23%
Fall 2014 27 Spring 2020 23 85.19%
Spring 2015 12 Fall 2020 9 75.00%
Fall 2015 30 Spring 2021 25 83.33%
2-YR TOTAL 82   66 80.49%

Upon successful completion of the UBSC 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 other members of the health care professions.
  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