Chiropractic Education

Dr. Philip A. Facquet III, Chiropractor Smithtown, NY

Welcome to Prescription Chiropractic’s website. Today we will discuss Chiropractic education.

The educational process to become a DC takes some time and commitment. First the undergraduate work and then four years in the professional program. Then a series of National Boards and state examinations. Practicing doctors continue their education on a post graduate level for the remainder of their careers.

Before getting into a chiropractic degree program our students must complete 90 semester hours of education. Most students entering Chiropractic College have their undergrad degree completed. There are established academic requirements that are defined by Chiropractic’s accrediting body, the CCE. Required classes include English, Psychology, social sciences, biology classes with labs, chemistry classes with labs, organic chemistry with labs, and physics classes with labs. A class in biomechanics, kinesiology, statistics or exercise physiology is required too.

For an actual breakdown of the prerequisite undergraduate education courses required for admission to a chiropractic graduate program visit or the specific college or university’s website. For a listing of chiropractic programs worldwide see

Chiropractic degree programs last 4 years and a successful student will earn a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree after completion. The educational requirements are set as per the accrediting body of the profession the Council on Chiropractic Education (see ). The chiropractic student must pass their national boards see requirements at the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners website at

The standard chiropractic graduate curriculum covers: anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, pathology, public health, physical, clinical and laboratory diagnosis, gynecology & obstetrics, pediatrics, geriatrics, dermatology, otolaryngology, diagnostic imaging procedures, psychology, nutrition & dietetics, biomechanics, orthopedics, neurology, first aid & emergency procedures, spinal analysis, principles & practice of chiropractic, clinical decision making, adjustive techniques, research methods & procedures, and professional practice ethics. For example, New York Chiropractic College, , currently lists its program as 4,695 academic hours of study to complete besides clinical experience. Some of our students participate in VA residency programs see .

After passing the boards and earning your degree your doctor then has to become licensed to practice in their home states. In New York State the Education Law

Article 132, defines Chiropractic. Section §6551 defines the practice of chiropractic. Section §6554 lists the requirements a new doctor must go through to get a license to practice in NY state including “An examination that must be passed … in accordance with the commissioner`s regulations, in clinical chiropractic analysis, the practice of chiropractic, X-ray as it relates to chiropractic analysis, and examinations satisfactory to the department in anatomy, physiology, pathology, chemistry, microbiology, diagnosis, and the use and effect of X-ray.”

Section §6554-a sets the continuing education requirement for licensed chiropractors. Education is a lifelong pursuit especially by our DC’s and our doctors routinely exceed their continuing education hours during professional seminars and programs.

If you have any questions Dr. Facquet can be reached at

For more information you can visit these sites to explain more about our profession:

Dr. Facquet practices on the Commack-Smithtown border near Smithtown High School West.

2018-06-01T17:59:00+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Chiropractic|