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Chiropractor manually adjusting the upper back of a female patient's spine to relieve pain

What is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic care is a form of complementary medicine based on the idea that your body can heal itself with the help of specific hands-on manipulations from a trained professional. These manipulations help realign your joints and can potentially lead to pain relief.

Chiropractic treatment may help relieve pain from conditions affecting your:

Chiropractic treatment often focuses on your spine but may focus on other parts of your body depending on the particular issue you’re dealing with.

In general, chiropractors are more likely to use hands-on manipulations to relieve your symptoms.

Chiropractic Education & Licensing

How much education does a chiropractic doctor have? The facts may surprise you. Today, highly specialized training is required to graduate and earn licensure. Chiropractic school is quite similar to that of medical school, especially during the first 2 years of the 4 year program. A Chiropractic program consists of 4 academic years of professional education after completion of a 4 year undergraduate degree. Chiropractic education averages a total of 4,822 hours, ranging from 4,400 hours to 5,220 hours in the 16 colleges. This includes an average if 1,975 hours in clinical sciences and 1,045 hours of clinical clerkship. The minimum hours for accreditation by the Council on Chiropractic Education is 4,200 hours. Chiropractic doctors are well trained to refer to other health care providers when clinically necessary. It is for this reason that a chiropractor’s training includes courses such as Cardiology, Gastrointestinal, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Pathology amongst others.

       Subjects                   Class Hours    

  • Anatomy                          540

  • Chemistry                        165

  • Diagnosis                         630

  • Microbiology                    120

  • Neurology                        320

  • Obstetrics                         60

  • Orthopedics                     210

  • Pathology                         360

  • Physiology                       240

  • Psychiatry                        60

  • Radiology                        360

Additional Required Studies

  • Spinal Manipulation

  • Nutrition

  • Physiotherapy

  • Advanced Radiology

  • TOTAL HOURS               4,485

The Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners presides over all Minnesota Chiropractors.

To be licensed as a chiropractor in Minnesota the following criteria must be met:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in appropriate subject matter from an accredited university.

  • Graduate from an accredited Chiropractic College.

  • Successful completion of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Part I, Part II, Part III, Physiotherapy, and Part IV Practical Examinations.

  • Successful completion of the Minnestoa Board of Jurisprudence Examination

  • Complete a Criminal Background Check

  • Receive a license from Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

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