Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)
What is A Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) Degree?
Chiropractic is a health care profession that looks at misalignments in the spine and nervous system and makes adjustments that can help with various pain and disorders in the joints, muscles, and organs throughout the body. By using hands-on manipulations and other treatment procedures like massage and mild electrical stimulation, the goal is that the body can heal itself without surgery or medication, once it is properly aligned.
You’ll need a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree to become a Chiropractor, and to get into one of the colleges of Chiropractic, you’ll need at least 90 semester hours of undergraduate college courses. Most students get a Bachelor’s degree in one of the sciences, since not only the biological sciences are important in this field, but also the physical sciences like chemistry and physics. The Doctor of Chiropractic coursework will include various internships toward the end of the program. After completing the D.C. degree, the doctor needs to pass the certification exam given by one of the Chiropractic agencies so that they can get the license that they need to practice. Check with your local government office to see exactly what is required, but it’s basically a Bachelor’s degree plus the D.C.