Receiving your Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) Degree is no small feat. To help ease the anxiety of starting your doctoral degree, here are some insights on what to expect in Chiropractic school.
Degree Students Receive
A Chiropractic Doctorate (D.C.) is a graduate level degree which takes several years to complete. In order to be eligible for graduate school, students generally need to have a bachelor’s degree earned. However, for the Chiropractic Doctorate, some schools will accept students with just 90 undergraduate credits, as long as they meet the science prerequisites.
However, it is important to note that some states require Chiropractors to have a bachelor’s degree in order to practice. Students should consult www.fclb.org to determine specific requirements for licensure in the state in which they plan to practice.
The time to complete your Chiropractic Doctorate depends on the schedule of the school you’re attending. Most Chiropractor schools are on a trimester or quarterly schedule, meaning you are in school all year long. Programs following this schedule generally take three to four years.
University of Bridgeport offers the only semester-based Chiropractic program, which gives students their first two summers off. This allows students to study for their boards, work, and gain valuable shadowing hours. Our program takes four years to complete.
The curriculum in the Chiropractic Doctorate generally builds up on itself. Students will begin their program learning the basic sciences, such as Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology. These are graduate level courses and therefore more in depth and challenging than if taken at the undergraduate level.
Then students will learn more clinical sciences, such as radiology and adjustments. At University of Bridgeport, this occurs in students 2nd year. Students also have their first adjustment class at this time. This prepares them to move into their clinical services, where they are working on patients under the supervision of a licensed Chiropractor.
At University of Bridgeport, Chiropractic students begin their clinical services with a student clinic, where they work on students who are at an earlier stage of the program. They then do a rotation in our on campus clinic which provides healthcare to the community. Next, students are required to complete at least one external rotation at a private practice, the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital, or a Community Health Center. University of Bridgeport encourages students to do more than one external rotation, in a variety of settings, to have the best exposure to different fields of chiropractic care.
In order to become licensed, Chiropractors must pass all four parts of the national boards offered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. The Chiropractic Doctorate will prepare students to sit for these boards. University of Bridgeport Chiropractic students can sit for part one and two of their boards after their 6th semester in the program.
At University of Bridgeport, Chiropractic students have the ability to apply to a residency after graduation. One of the residencies is through the VA Hospital and is one year long. The residency is paid and is a great opportunity for students who might want to get employed with the VA. University of Bridgeport is one of four chiropractic schools in the country to be partnered with a VA facility for postgraduate residencies.
The other residency available to University of Bridgeport graduates is with the Community Health Centers. Students will take an exam to become a chiropractic fellow. If the students start this program and remain employed with the federal government, they can be eligible for loan forgiveness after 10 years.