A chiropractor's education is extremely demanding and thorough. A student of chiropractic studies the structure and functioning of the human body, the disease process and how health is restored and maintained. Chiropractors do not work to mask signs and symptoms. Chiropractors must be experts in physiology and how the body functions so they can determine the causes and effects of symptoms.
A chiropractic student goes through three to four years of undergraduate education depending upon the state in which he or she wishes to practice. Undergraduate emphasis is on science, organic chemistry, biology, anatomy, physiology, physics, and psychology.
After undergraduate school, students who are accepted into a chiropractic school go through a rigorous 3 ½ year program similar to medical school. Here students study anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, neurology, radiology, biomechanics, physical therapy, and adjustment techniques. During the time while chiropractic students are in school they are required to take and pass four national board examinations, including a practical examination where the chiropractic student is required to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in front of board examiners. In addition the students must complete hundreds of hours of internship.
Once licensed, chiropractors are required to obtain yearly continuing education credits by attending seminars. This allows them to maintain a high level of competency.