Chiropractic science focuses on the relationship between the structure and function of the body, primarily in proper spinal adjustment and its relationship to a healthy nervous system. Chiropractors emphasize the body's ability to heal and remain healthy without drugs or surgery. A person who intends to become a chiropractor must obtain a doctor-of-chiropractic degree from a college or university, or a chiropractic school.
The doctor-of-chiropractic curriculum is typically a four-year program in which students are expected to be enrolled continuously on a full-time basis.
The first year commonly focuses on basic science, including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and microbiology. Introductory chiropractic courses are included as well.
Year 2 involves more advanced chiropractic courses in methods and principles, and clinical sciences such as diagnosis, nutrition and radiology.
The third year usually includes courses in chiropractic physiological therapeutics and rehabilitation procedures, along with advanced clinical sciences.
Typically, the fourth year is spent in an internship or other type of supervised clinical practice, either on campus or at another chiropractic facility.