How do you become a chiropractor?


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As of 2014, to become a chiropractor you need to complete the undergraduate requirements, obtain a doctorate in chiropractics and become licensed. In 2014, completing the graduate degree program normally takes four years.

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  1. Complete undergraduate requirements

    Be sure that you have completed the necessary undergraduate work before you begin to look at graduate schools. As of 2014, undergraduate requirements differ by state. The Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards offers a list of all 50 states and their educational requirements.

  2. Select a graduate school

    As of 2014, there are 15 accredited Doctor of Chiropractic degree programs located in the United States. The Council on Chiropractic Education offers a complete list of all the schools and their locations.

  3. Apply

    Fill out the application for the graduate program, and send it into the school.

  4. Enroll in school, and complete your education

    Once you have been accepted into a school, enroll in the Doctor of Chiropractic program, and complete it.

  5. Get licensed

    As of 2014, licensing requirements vary by state. In general, expect to have to take an exam, be subjected to a criminal background check and have your fingerprints taken. Some states allow students to sit for the exam before graduation, and others do not. The Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards has the details for all state licensing requirements.

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