Since its inception, chiropractic has been the subject of many myths. Even now, with a growing body of research proving its effectiveness, the profession is often misunderstood by the general public.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that chiropractic schools don’t deliver the same level of education as medical schools. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Below are five common myths about chiropractic education—and the truth behind them.
Myth #1: Chiropractors aren’t real doctors.
Just like other licensed doctors, chiropractors are legitimate medical professionals. Chiropractic schools grant a doctorate of chiropractic (D.C.), which qualifies graduates to serve as health care providers in every U.S. state as well as dozens of countries around the world. Chiropractors are also governed by a licensing board, which gives them the right to legally practice chiropractic techniques.
Being a student at a chiropractic college can seem like a juggling act on its own. When you mix in family, work, social activities, eating, sleeping and other commitments, completing years of postgraduate education might look like a feat for an organizational guru. The truth is that it’s possible to receive an education and have a life. When you understand the time commitment required of you at chiropractic school, you’ll be better prepared to make the necessary adjustments to your routine.
Sample Chiropractic College Schedule
To earn a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree, you’ll complete about eight months of classroom work per year for almost three and a half years as a full-time student. Examples of classes that you’ll complete cover topics such as:
As you work toward becoming a chiropractor, some peers may develop a particular focus or interest in a specialization, such as pediatric chiropractic. If you haven’t chosen a specialty or focus, don’t panic. You do not have to choose one to earn a doctor of chiropractic degree. After having a solid foundation in chiropractic care and holistic health, many students at Palmer College of Chiropractic pursue a postgraduate program in a field of interest. By knowing about the specializations available, you can determine if a post-graduate program meets your professional aspirations.
Why Choose a Specialization?
The best reason to pursue a focus or specialization after completing your graduate studies is that you have a passion for a particular area of chiropractic treatment. Continuing your formal education advances your knowledge, putting you at the forefront of your field.
Whether you become an associate in a clinic or open your own practice, you have to set yourself apart from the competition. Earning a certification or diplomate status does just that. If an individual seeks chiropractic care because of a sports-related injury, for example, this patient is more likely to seek the services of a certified chiropractic sports physician than a traditional chiropractor. This competitive edge gives you the opportunity to focus on what you love the most about providing chiropractic care. Continue reading →
As the profession evolves, new theories, treatments and research continually emerge that influence how doctors practice. To stay on top of the latest developments, chiropractors must continually seek education—regardless of how long they’ve been practicing.
You might say that once you complete your chiropractic school requirements, the learning has just begun.
Earning a doctor of chiropractic degree enables you to get your chiropractic license, but continuing education is what enables you to keep it. Although the specific requirements vary from state to state, most state licensing boards require a minimum number of hours of continuing education to renew your chiropractic license.
As home of the world’s largest and most well-funded chiropractic research center, Palmer is uniquely positioned to keep chiropractors up-to-date on the most cutting-edge research,techniques, and practice trends. Our continuing education programs help professionals in the field to keep their skills and knowledge sharp.
Palmer Chiropractic College offers you the opportunity to pursue a rewarding career in the chiropractic field. To get the most out of your time at Palmer, we recommend that each of our students takes full advantage of the academic support services that are available to them. Students will find a wide range of support resources outside of the classroom, from tutoring to study skill development tools. Here are the essential academic support areas that students may want to keep in mind:
Chiropractic research is gaining steam, and doctors are amassing a growing body of evidence proving the success of spinal manipulation therapies.
As new chiropractic technologies and methods are developed and fine-tuned, it’s more important than ever for chiropractors to stay on top of these latest developments. That’s why many states require doctors of chiropractic to continue learning about the field if they want to continue practicing.
To renew your chiropractic license, most state licensing boards demand a certain number of hours of continuing education. But for chiropractors, continuing education is more than just a licensing hoop to jump through.
Long before graduation, chiropractic students start tackling some big questions. Will you open your own practice, or seek a job? Would you prefer to practice solo or work in a group? What types of patients do you want to focus on?
Transitioning from chiropractic training to practicing as a doctor can be daunting, but chiropractic students have plenty of options. The chiropractic field is growing faster than average for all occupations, with an expected 17 percent job growth between 2014 and 2024. And chiropractors enjoy more job security than any other profession, with just a .1 percent unemployment rate.
Today’s chiropractors work within a health-care system that increasingly demands evidence-based medicine, or the use of the best available research evidence to guide patient care.
With insurance companies controlling the purse strings and deciding what types of treatments will be covered (or not covered), it’s more important than ever for chiropractors to be able to draw upon a robust body of research that proves the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment. Insurance coverage for chiropractic services peaked in the mid-1980s, when insurance equality laws leveled the playing field between medicine and chiropractic. Although most major health insurance plans available today provide some chiropractic care, patients report paying progressively higher out-of pocket costs.
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Welcome to Palmer College of Chiropractic. If you want to become a Doctor of Chiropractic Palmer is the place for you no matter where you are in the world. Hi, I’m Marina and I’m from Canada. While the move from my home country to the US was relatively painless you may be coming from another part of the world. In this video you’ll meet international Palmer students, you’ll learn about their experiences and some of the challenges they have faced.
I studied in South Korea four years for physical therapy and at that time I met my friend who graduated Palmer and she tell me about the chiropractic a lot. I was so interested about chiropractic so I decide to come here, Palmer.
People come here from all kinds of walks of life, myself included but from day one I knew that I belonged in Palmer.
I chose Palmer because I did a little research about chiropractic and Palmer is the first chiro school of the world.
Chiropractic started in Davenport with the Palmer family so I wanted to come to Palmer.
I was a student studying sports medicine. I grew more and more curious about chiropractic and the more I learned the more I realized that this is what I was meant to do.
And I talked to one of the admission reps, he helped me out along the way. I think I contacted him in my first year of university and said hey, you know I’m thinking about coming to Palmer, so he kind of gave me a list of things, you know places to start.
And he told us exactly what I needed to do to transfer from my country to here. Someone was always like here to explain to me what I needed to do after that. Everything went smoothly and just really good. I choose Palmer because it’s the best place to be.
We offer a peer support network for each other. We also do like a student ambassador program where we are trying to help the international students get accustomed to coming into the United States and try to help them out, get them set up and — cause they don’t know where to buy groceries or anything like that so we try to get them going.
Here I would say you know more people focus on chiropractic, that’s why I like it. I moved to United States about four years ago. I couldn’t speak any English, even my friends say, what’s up, I didn’t know what’s up. I think the most important thing that makes, you know make good friends.
Since chiropractic was so new and so interesting for me I decided well let me go and become a chiropractor.
And the students in school is very nice. They often share their studying materials so we can make the progress together.
A lot of the docs I talked to said that you can go to a lot of other schools, they might teach you one or two techniques but if you go to Palmer you’re going to have such a large tool kit coming out.
The reason I chose Palmer was it is where chiropractic started and also it has the biggest chiropractic research. I knew this is where I’ll get the best education. It’s very interesting. Every day I’m learning so much and the professors are also very helpful and they are very knowledgeable.
Going out into international communities abroad and really relieving the pain, that’s something I can see myself dedicating my life to.
I’m fully enjoying my experience at Palmer and I feel as if I’m slowly but surely becoming a good chiropractor.
I could feel, I don’t know, something you know, I just felt, you know, something you know, something special here.
It can be daunting leaving your home for a college half way around the world but with Palmer in your network of fellow international students you’ll be able to make the transition a successful one.